King Leontes appears to have everything: power, wealth, a loving family and friends. But sexual jealousy sets in motion a chain of events with tragic consequences…


Join us at the Torch Theatre this festive season for Kenneth Branagh’s critically acclaimed production of William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, back on screens Friday 10 January 2020 at 7:30pm after the phenomenal success of its original live broadcast!


Starring Torch Theatre patron and national treasure Dame Judi Dench as fearless proto-feminist Paulina, alongside veteran theatre and film director Sir Kenneth Branagh as the tragicomic King Leontes, this is an unmissable opportunity to beat the January blues.



This beautifully reimagined production sees the two British drama legends joined on stage alongside remarkable supporting cast including Tom Bateman (best known as Rawdon Crawley from ITV’s all-star adaptation of Vanity Fair), Jessie Buckley (breakout star of last year’s Wild Rose), Hadley Fraser (recently seen alongside Sir Kenneth in All is True), and Murder On the Orient Express’s Miranda Raison as Hermione.


Branagh's revival, co-directed by Rob Ashford and Kenneth Branagh, was initially broadcast in 2015 as part of the hugely successful Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live season direct from London’s Garrick Theatre. On the night of the national live broadcast in November 2015, the film topped the UK cinema box office, grossing over $1.6m beating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2!


It received a full five-star write-up from WhatsOnStage, being described as "a generous, full-hearted, thoroughly enjoyable occasion." Book your tickets now to get the best seats in the house for a big screen, star-studded presentation of Shakespeare’s timeless tale of heartbreak and joy, telling of kings, shepherds… even a wild bear!


For more information and to buy tickets visit or call our friendly Box Office staff on 01646 695267.