Shapespeare at Kingsbury Barn, St. Albans


The Winter’s Tale, July 2010

Rooftop Theatre Company are delighted to be performing their next production, The Winter’s Tale, in the stunningly restored 14thC  Kingsbury Barn, St Albans.

Shakespeare’s compelling drama The Winter’s Tale is a moving story of the consequences of jealousy and tyranny and the power of remorse. Leontes, King of Sicilia is thrown into violent rage and jealousy at the perceived affair between his wife Hermione and best friend Polixenes. The results resonate through 16 years and across the seas to Bohemia. After this the redemptive effects of time, love and forgiveness bring a surprising and bittersweet conclusion.

Rooftop Theatre Company, based in St Albans, have a strong track record of entertaining and accessible productions of Shakespeare’s plays. Their most recent was Twelfth Night at the Old Town Hall which followed Taming of the Shrew and Love’s Labour’s Lost at Inn on the Park. They present plays in a visual and dramatic style with innovative interpretations which drive the energy and passion of the plot. They seek unconventional venues and their productions complement the surroundings. Kingsbury Barn provides a perfect setting for the contrasting locations in The Winter’s Tale: the corrupt Court of Sicilia and the bucolic earthiness of Bohemia.

“Innovative direction, good acting and an unusual (and magnificent) setting…a delight.”
Candy Whittome, St Albans Arts on Twelfth Night

“Extraordinarily compelling…Rooftop have lifted open-air Shakespeare in St Albans to a new dimension”
Herts Advertiser on Love’s Labour’s Lost


Thursday 8th July                    7.30

Friday 9th July                         7.30

Saturday 10th July                  7.30

Monday 12th July                    7.30

Tuesday 13th July                   7.30

Thursday 15th July                  7.30

Friday 16th July                       7.30

Saturday 17th July matinee    1.30

Saturday 17th July                  7.30


Full price                                 £12.00

Concessions (students, unwaged) £10.00

Children under 14                   £8.00

For tickets and further details:, 01727 846397

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I have been a St. Albans resident for 25 years and run a local business, Verulam Web Design, who created and maintain stalbanslife. I originally moved up this way in 1987 to start a Ph. D. at the then Hatfield Polytechnic and have worked in London or locally ever since. I have 2 children who went to local schools and seemingly a deep need to live in a Roman town. Currently performing as Tom Petty in the tribute band Petty Criminals ( and in the American classic rock show Take It Easy (