So, from Britain, Simon Russell Beale played the jealous King of Sicilia, Leontes; Rebecca Hall played his queen, Hermione; Paul Jesson played Camillo, a Lord who would not poison the king's imagined rival; Dakin Matthews (American) played Antigonus who is killed by the bear; and Sinead Cusack played Paulina, wife to Antigonus. Beale as Leontes and Cusack as Pauline were outstanding. Hall was moving at her trial scene, but lacklustre elsewhere.
The other country Bohemia was predominantly populated by Americans. Josh Hamilton played Polixenes, the King; Michael Braun played Florizel the Prince; Morven Christie (Scottish) played Perdita who thought she was Bohemian until she discovers her royal Sicilian identity; Ethan Hawke played Autolycus, a rogue. Richard Easton and Tobias Segal played Old Shepherd and his Son with great liveliness and comedy.
The play itself is hard to perform. After the first part's intense psychodrama of sexual jealousy, it changes, after an interval of sixteen years, into a light-hearted pastoral. This production updated the sheep-shearing celebration into a county fair out of the Midwest, complete with picnic tables, guitars, and red, white and blue balloons. The directorial decision puzzles me. (But see the comment by nelsonnyc.) Ethan Hawke as Autolycus was not funny enough, and the young couple in love was not compelling enough to lift the dragging plot. The last scene, however, when Hermione the statue came to life, and was reunited with husband and daughter, was magical.