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The Tempest

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Closed October 29, 2011

It boasts in Ralph Fiennes a Prospero full of the right tortured nobility.

The Guardian

Why See The Tempest?


Highly accomplished Trevor Nunn, who has already directed over 30 of Shakespeare's plays, helms The Tempest, imbuing it with deliberate melancholy and romance. Widely regarded as the Bard's final play, this astonishing and poignant drama is an about forgiveness, revelation and reconciliation, and personal and political change.

Nunn's production stars acclaimed actor Ralph Fiennes as a striking, tortured and complex Prospero. With lighting by Paul Pyant and stage design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, The Tempest magically springs to life a triumph of virtue over vengeance.


Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda live on a remote, enchanted island. Twelve years earlier, his brother Antonio, and Alonso, the King of Naples, conspired to usurp Prospero and set him adrift a boat which eventually ran aground the isle. Now Prospero, served by a spirit, Ariel, and witch-son, Caliban, plots to restore Miranda to her lawful position as Duchess, using the magic he has learned.

He conjures up a storm, wrecking the ship on which his brother and King Alonso travel, and they are washed ashore. With illusion, manipulations and the mischievous Ariel, Prospero endeavours to taunt them, reveal their true nature and demand that his throne is restored, as well as orchestrate the marriage of Miranda and Ferdinand, Alonso's son.

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Previews from: 27 August 2011

Opening night: 6 September 2011


Suitable for ages 12+

Cast and Creative


Ralph Fiennes as Prospero
Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo
Elisabeth Hopper as Miranda
Clive Wood as Stephano
Julian Wadham as Antonio
Giles Terera as Caliban
Tom Byam Shaw as Ariel
Chris Andrew Mellon as Sebastian


Director - Trevor Nunn
Author - William Shakespeare

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2 reviews, average rating: (3.8 Stars)

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LP: “Riding out the Storm ”

As the serpentine Lord Voldemort, Ralph Fiennes proved he can brandish... more

Paul Christopher: “b+”

If you like a muted Prospero then you will enjoy Ralph Fiennes. His performance... more

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