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Best outfits from The Winter’s Tale – the RSC’s first TV premiere

Muddy takes a first look at the gorgeous Mad Men-inspired costumes and stage design of this postponed RSC period piece for BBC Lights up.

The RSC is renowned for its impeccable production design and wardrobe – and the company’s latest filmed adaptation of The Winter’s Tale is inspired by Mad Men with its sleek and highly stylized portrayal of the advertising world in 1960s New York. There’s music too by Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s sister Isobel.

Hermione, the beautiful Queen of Sicilia. Photos by Topher McGrillis (c) RSC

Set in Europe over a 16-year period, from the coronation of 1953 to the moon landings in 1969, The Winter’s Tale film adaptation forms part of BBC Lights Up, a season of plays for TV and radio, produced with theatres across the UK and continuing BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine initiative.

Madeleine Girling’s gorgeous costume design includes these stunning 1950s-style gowns worn by Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Hermione, the virtuous Queen of Sicilia falsely accused of infidelity by her husband, Leontes.

Leontes and Hermione’s teenage daughter Perdita, exiled as a baby and raised by a Shepherdess for 16 years, adopts more of a boho style in a floral Sixties maxi dress.

Haute hippy: Perdita – played by Georgia Landers
Perdita and Prince Florizel, the son of her father’s best friend Polixenes.

While the male characters sport classic well-tailored suits like Don Draper.

Andrew French as Polixenes, Leontes’ best friend. The King is convinced Polixenes and Hermione are lovers.

Broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday April 25 at 7pm, the production celebrates Shakespeare’s birthday weekend and marks the RSC’s first TV world premiere (subsequently available on BBC iPlayer).

Anne Odeke as Autolycus

Directed by Erica Whyman, RSC Deputy Artistic Director, and featuring the entire cast due to appear in the postponed 2020 production it will be worth the wait! The brilliant cast includes Ben Caplan as Camillo, Andrew French as Polixenes, Amanda Hadingue as Paulina, Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Hermione and Joseph Kloska as Leontes.

Adapted for TV by the original creative team, also including set design by Tom Piper, lighting by Prema Mehta, movement by Anna Morrissey, and fights by Kate Waters with screen direction by Bridget Caldwell.

We’re so excited!

You can also read Muddy’s interview with actor Zoe Lambert who plays the Shepherdess in The Winter’s Tale here.

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