Tag: The Tempest

  • The Tempest (Round House and Folger Theatre) @ The Round House

    The Tempest (Round House and Folger Theatre) @ The Round House

    Early in Aaron Posner and Teller’s production of The Tempest – the acclaimed production that premiered in Vegas in 2014 – Ferdinand (Ro Boddie) wandered confusedly across the stage towards where Ariel (Nate Dendy) stood over a bowl of water in which he had submerged a paper boat. Ariel took the befuddled Ferdinand and plunged […]

  • Une Tempête (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Une Tempête (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Where, in the ASC’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Sarah Fallon’s Prospero was rarely seen without her staff, for James Keegan’s Prospero in the company’s revival of Aimé Césaire’s Une Tempête, it was the megaphone that was the indispensable prop. Slung around his neck when not in use, the megaphone came into play as the […]

  • The Tempest (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    The Tempest (American Shakespeare Center) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    The Tempest, as Lynne Magnussen argues, is full of interruptions. For a play full of artifice and prepared show, it also insists on breaking up those shows, disturbing them, whether interrupting Miranda and Ferdinand at chess, having a harpy overturn a feast, or prompting Prospero to disrupt the masque he himself created for his daughter […]

  • The Tempest (ASC Theatre Camp) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    The Tempest (ASC Theatre Camp) @ The Blackfriars Playhouse

    Amid a packed weekend at the ASC, the Renaissance Season of the annual ASC Theatre Camp reached its climax with a lovely production of The Tempest. This session is devoted to the more experienced campers, who not only performed the show but directed it as an ensemble, cut the script, costumed and scored it, and […]

  • The Tempest (Contemporary Legend Theatre) (archival recording)

    The Tempest (Contemporary Legend Theatre) (archival recording)

    Tsui Hark’s spectacular, operatic Tempest, co-directed with Wu Hsing-kuo (who also plays Prospero), is a mesmerising take on Shakespeare’s play. Available on the MIT Global Shakespeares site, and made available in its 2004 incarnation to delegates at the 2021 World Shakespeare Congress, it’s an extraordinary show of power as a truly magical Prospero co-ordinates an army of spirits and special effects […]

  • The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse/Lakeside Arts Centre) @ Lakeside Arts Centre Car Park

    The Tempest (Nottingham Playhouse/Lakeside Arts Centre) @ Lakeside Arts Centre Car Park

    Storms were scheduled for the matinee of Nottingham Playhouse and Lakeside Arts Centre’s outdoor Tempest, a co-production aimed at reintroducing family audiences to outdoor theatre as part of both venues’ reopening strategy; however, the sun shone brightly throughout. Martin Berry’s 80-minute production (also The Bardathon’s first bit of in-person Shakespeare for well over a year) took full advantage […]

  • The Tempest (Creation/Big Telly) via Zoom

    The Tempest (Creation/Big Telly) via Zoom

    For most of the Covid-19 lockdown period so far, the need for ‘live’ theatre has been met by the generous opening of archival vaults by theatres around the world, allowing audiences to experience previously recorded live events from their own homes. The choice of many of these theatres to enhance the sense of live participation […]

  • The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse/Illuminations) (film)

    The Tempest (Donmar Warehouse/Illuminations) (film)

    In the final entry in Phyllida Lloyd’s Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy, it is Harriet Walter’s turn to take the stand for a testimony at the start of the performance. The oldest prisoner at 66, ‘Hannah’ was the getaway driver for a politically motivated bank robbery which ended with two police officers dead. Refusing to recognise the authority of the court, […]

  • The Tempest (Bilimankhwe International Theatre) @ Lakeside Arts Centre

    The Tempest (Bilimankhwe International Theatre) @ Lakeside Arts Centre

    Bilimankhwe’s latest project, The Tempest, is a potentially fascinating concept. Bringing together European and African artists, director Kate Stafford cast actors from Malawi and Zimbabwe as Ariel and Caliban, and a multi-racial British cast as the colonising Europeans, building into the production from the start a series of power relationships with the potential to comment on Westernisation, cultural […]

  • The Tempest (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, via RSC Live

    The Tempest (RSC) @ The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, via RSC Live

    Much has been made about the technical innovations of the RSC’s current production of The Tempest. Taking the (somewhat tenuous) premise that the play was designed as Shakespeare’s greatest experiment with the cutting-edge technologies of his own time, the RSC has partnered with Intel and Andy Serkis’s Imaginarium studio to create a series of avatars of Ariel […]