Jane portrayed Perdita in Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966 & followed that with a critically acclaimed run in London's West End at the Cambridge Theatre starting on Sept. 30, 1966. During Nov. 1966 The Winter's Tale was filmed for the cinema - but it was never theatrically released. In 1967 it was finally released by Warner Bros. & screened in private venues such as college campus theaters.
The Winter's Tale is a play by William Shakespeare, originally published in the First Folio of 1623. Although it was grouped among the comedies, some modern editors have relabelled the play as one of Shakespeare's late romances. Some critics consider it to be one of Shakespeare's "problem plays", because the first three acts are filled with intense psychological drama, while the last two acts are comedic and supply a happy ending.
King Leontes of Sicilia (Laurence Harvey) and King Polixenes of Bohemia have been friends since childhood. Polixeness has been away from the kingdom for nine months, but his pregnant wife Hermione convinces him to extend his visit in Sicilia a little bit longer. Leontes is suspicious that Polixenes and Hermione may be lovers, so he tells his nobleman Camillo to poison Polixenes. But Camillo warns Polixenes instead, and both men flee Sicilia.
Perdita, Jane's role, is one of the heroines of The Winter's Tale. She is the daughter of Leontes, King of Sicilia, and his wife Hermione.
Perdita is born in prison, where her father has sent her mother because he wrongly believes she has been unfaithful to him.
Early in the play, Perdita is described as being a beauty of conception. Sixteen years later, Perdita has grown into a beautiful young woman, unaware of her royal heritage. Prince Florizel (David Weston), the prince of Bohemia, falls in love with her and plans to marry her. His father, however, disapproves of the marriage and threatens the couple, so they flee to Sicilia with the help of Camillo. Prince Florizel disguises himself as a merchant in order to be able to see Perdita. Later on, it is revealed that Perdita is the princess of Sicilia. Perdita is reunited with her father and mother. She lived her life thinking she was one person and found out she was another. She only knew the life of a simple girl. Leontes and Polixines reconcile and both approve of Florizel and Perdita's marriage. It is assumed that Florizel and Perdita lived happily ever after.
Photo 1 - Topfoto.co.uk
Photo 2 - Poster for movie version of The Winter's Tale. Lady Jane group at yahoo!
Photo 3 - Circa 1966 - Photo of Jane that appeared in the theatre programme for The Winter's Tale which opened on September 30, 1966 at the Cambridge Theatre, Earlham Street, London. Ebay auction listing.
Photo 4 - Ebay auction listing.
Photo 5 - Jane Asher as Perdita on stage, Edinburgh International Festival, August 1966.
Photo 6 - Jane Asher as Perdita and David Weston as Prince Florinzel/Archidamas. From the missing Cup Full of Asher website.
Photo 7 & 8 - Jane Asher as Perdita and David Weston as Prince Florinzel/Archidamas. Ebay auction listing.
Photo 9 - October 1, 1966 - It was a double champagne celebration for Jane Asher and her co-star Laurence Harvey backstage at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Jane received rave reviews for her performance as Perdita and then helped Laurence Harvey celebrate his 36th birthday after their Saturday night performance. Jane appeared in The Winter's Tale at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1966 & in London from Sept. 30, to Nov. 1966 - during which time it was filmed. From Lady Jane yahoo group.
Photo 10 - November 1966 - Jane Asher at the Wembley Studios where "The Winter's Tale" was being filmed in color. Stephan C Archetti/Keystone Features/Getty Images.
Photo 11, 13, 23 - Jane Asher as Perdita and Lithuanian born actor Laurence Harvey (1928-1973), who plays the role of Perdita's father King Leontes of Sicilia at the Wembley Studios, where "The Winter's Tale" was being filmed. My scans from the Spanish magazine "¡Hola!" November 26th 1966 issue. Please, give full credit if you repost the pic. Do not crop it nor do any other artwork that implies deleting/hiding the watermarks. Thanks!
Photo 12, 14 to 17, 19 & 20, 22, 24 - Jane Asher and Laurence Harvey (King Leontes of Sicilia), ebay auction listing.
Photo 18 - Jane Asher close-up, in color. From the internet.
Photo 21 - Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images.
Photo 25 - REX Features.
Photo 26 - The Jane Asher blogspot.
Photo 27 - Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images.