May 4 - June 9, 2019 in Goodman's Albert Theatre

Around 2 hours and 30 minutes

"No modern American director is better at making a play's iconic moments pop with fresh irreverence" (Chicago Tribune)

A jealous king accuses his wife of infidelity, setting off a calamitous series of events. But what begins as tragedy evolves, unexpectedly, into a fantastical journey—from wrath to redemption to reconciliation. Following his celebrated productions of King Lear and Measure for Measure, Robert Falls reimagines one of Shakespeare’s most wildly theatrical tales.



Photo by Tamas Dezso.

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  • William Shakespeare

    William Shakespeare Playwright

  • Robert Falls

    Robert Falls Director

  • Will Allan

    Will Allan Clown

  • Cher Álvarez

    Cher Álvarez Nell

  • Chloe Baldwin

    Chloe Baldwin Perdita

  • Xavier Bleuel

    Xavier Bleuel Florizel

  • Josh Carpenter

    Josh Carpenter Dion / Shepherd

  • Christiana Clark

    Christiana Clark Paulina

  • Dan Donohue

    Dan Donohue Leontes

  • Amanda Drinkall

    Amanda Drinkall Emelia / Mopsa

  • Kate Fry

    Kate Fry Hermione

  • Henry Godinez

    Henry Godinez Camillo

  • Charlie Herman

    Charlie Herman Mamillius

  • Nathan Hosner

    Nathan Hosner Polixenes

  • Susaan Jamshidi

    Susaan Jamshidi Mariana / Dorcas

  • Philip Earl Johnson

    Philip Earl Johnson Autolycus

  • Mark Lancaster

    Mark Lancaster Jailer / Bear

  • Gregory Linington

    Gregory Linington Antigonus

  • Tim Monsion

    Tim Monsion Old Shepherd

  • Christopher Sheard

    Christopher Sheard Archidamus / Shepherd

  • Martin Zebari

    Martin Zebari Cleomenes / Shepherd

  • Alan Ball

    Alan Ball Understudy

  • Dee Dee Batteast

    Dee Dee Batteast Understudy

  • Evan T. Coles

    Evan T. Coles Understudy

  • Will Mobley

    Will Mobley Understudy

  • Eric Parks

    Eric Parks Understudy

  • Christian Wilson

    Christian Wilson Understudy

  • Walt Spangler

    Walt Spangler Set Design

  • Ana Kuzmanic

    Ana Kuzmanic Costume Design

  • Aaron Spivey

    Aaron Spivey Lighting Design

  • Richard Woodbury

    Richard Woodbury Original Music, Sound Design

  • Tommy Rapley

    Tommy Rapley Choreography

  • Neena Arndt

    Neena Arndt Dramaturg

  • Briana J. Fahey

    Briana J. Fahey Production Stage Manager

  • Kimberly Ann McCann

    Kimberly Ann McCann Stage Manager

  • Nikki Blue

    Nikki Blue Stage Manager

Talks & Events
  • Artist Encounter: The Winter's Tale

    Artist Encounter Event

    Friday, May 10

    Join The Winter's Tale artists in a pre-show reception with a glass of wine and light appetizers as they discuss bringing this reimagined classic work to the stage. Afterwards, enjoy a performance of The Winter's TaleTickets are just $35. Ticket includes pre-show reception, Artist Encounter discussion and 8pm performance of The Winter's Tale.


  • Drinks & Discussion Events

    Drinks & Discussion Events

    Throughout the run

    Enhance your theater-going experience with one of our Drinks & Discussion Series events! Stay after select performances for a Post-Show Discussion, arrive a bit early to select performances for a PlayTalk Session, or enjoy an Artist Encounter event.


Recommended Reads
  • The Winter's Tale: Neither a Comedy nor Tragedy

    Resident Dramaturg Neena Arndt Explores Genre in the Early Modern Period

    "As citizens of the 21st century, we are accustomed to entertainments which take us to sorrowful depths at one moment and peaks of joy the next. But a Shakespearean audience might not have been as accustomed to such genre-blending."


  • Clothes "Oft Proclaim the Man"

    Playbill's Thomas Connors on Robert Falls and Ana Kuzmanic's Shakespearean Collaboration

    "Since 2006, when they first teamed up for a rendition of King Lear starring Stacy Keach, Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls and Costume Designer Ana Kuzmanic have collaborated on a number of productions. In 2013, they returned to Shakespeare with Measure for Measure and now take on one of the Bard’s more peculiar pieces—the romantic-tragic mash-up, The Winter’s Tale."


  • Making Meaning of Shakespeare's Title

    New Media Assistant Rebecca Watson Asks "What's in a Name?"

    "Long before the idea of 'fiction' was born, audiences of The Winter’s Tale would be fully prepared to suspend disbelief and embark on a fantastical adventure. There was no need to account for instability of tone, mercurial nature of characters or illogical plot developments, as early modern audiences did not demand realism in their theatrical experiences."



Join us for any of the following accessible performances.

The Goodman is proud to offer an inclusive range of programs that help make performances accessible to all audiences, including enhanced performances, accessible seating, braille and large print programs, complimentary Assistive Listening Devices and complimentary tickets for Personal Care Assistants and professional caregivers.

Questions? Please contact 312.443.3800 (voice), 312.443.3829 (TTY/TDD) or email

Touch Tour and Audio Described performanceTouch Tour and Audio-Described Performance
Saturday, June 1
12:30pm Touch Tour & 2pm Performance

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Reservations for the touch tour are available at check-out for no additional charge. For more information, please call the Box Office or email

American Sign Language Interpreted PerformanceAmerican Sign Language-Interpreted Performance
Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30pm

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Open Caption Performance Open-Captioned Performance
Saturday, June 8 at 2pm

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