The Winters Tale

Directed by Gill Morrell

5th - 10th July 2021

Cleeve House, Trowbridge Road, Seend, SN12 6PG

Thank you to everyone that attended this year's performance of The Winter's Tale - if you enjoyed the performance feel free to leave us a review either on the website or our Facebook page!

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Shakespeare Live is back!

After the autumn's socially distanced production of 'Of Love and Laughter', Shakespeare Live are back in strength, with professional lighting and sound systems, our extraordinary handmade costumes, original music, our efficient and friendly Front of House team, and our talented team of actors and crew. 

We are thrilled to present The Winter's Tale this July. This searing tale of marital jealousy, which we are setting in 18th century Sicily, is tempered by a fairy-tale Fourth Act among the peasants of Bohemia and a joyful happy ending.

The Winter's Tale, as befits one of the late plays, defies category as tragedy or comedy, but instead plunges us into real life.

It starts with a happy family and moves through agonies of jealousy, loss and pain, resolving into a newly reconciled generation with hope for the future. But even among those serious themes there's plenty of comedy, songs, dances, romance and escapism.

It is wonderful to return to Cleeve House after the necessary restrictions of the last months, and we look forward to welcoming both old and new customers to enjoy live theatre again in the beautiful gardens with a stunning view of Salisbury Plain.


Your safety is our focus. 

All seating will comply with the current Covid regulations at the time. Our audience will be in two marquees facing the raised stage, with careful attention to safety, sight lines and comfort. The marquee sides and back can be removed for optimum air circulation.

Seats will be allocated by party according to the date booked, so the earlier you book, the nearer the stage you will be. Depending on government regulations, the number of seats available for each performance may be amended as the booking period goes on.


Groundling places, open to the elements, will be at the side of the stage so a clear view and perfect audibility can't be guaranteed. Sit on the grass or further back on chairs (bring your own rug or folding chair).


The usual facilities of Cleeve House - bars, refreshments, toilets, disabled facilities and convenient parking - will all still be available. No pets, please.

The usual facilities of Cleeve House - bars, refreshments, toilets, disabled facilities and convenient parking - will all be available. No pets, please.