Summer success for Winter's Tale

No potboilers or songs from the shows for Harleston Players. They are on tour with Shakespeare's late play of jealousy and reconciliation. Their first night, outdoors at Dunwich, was a considerable success for director David Cummings and his company.

No potboilers or songs from the shows for Harleston Players. They are on tour with Shakespeare's late play of jealousy and reconciliation.

Their first night, outdoors at Dunwich, was a considerable success for director David Cummings and his company.

Awaiting the famous stage direction 'Exits, pursued by a bear' we were not disappointed. Nor was a dog in the audience. He even barked again two acts later when the bear was just mentioned!

Paul Baker gave a haunted and hunted jealousy to Leontes. Lawrie Hammond's lounge-lizard charm as Polixenes gave just enough ammunition to be suspected of adultery with Hermione. In that role Lucy Snowling was impressive in the trial scene.


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Paulina is not usually a memorable part; but Vanessa Webster's intensity gave it a new life. George Ball and Mike Davison did great things with the characters of the old shepherd and clown.

The company were moving to Besthorpe Hall, Starston, Norwich Cathedral, South Elmham and Henley.

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