The Tempest - Barbican

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Silk Street

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The Tempest

The Tempest is always a welcome addition on a London stage but when it is presented at the Barbican Theatre by the Royal Shakespeare Company audiences know that they are in for a treat.

Add a performer in Simon Russell Beale to the mix, plus a director in the acclaimed Gregory Doran and you have the makings of one the theatrical events of the summer. The show will provide London theatregoers with the classic tale of island-dwelling Prospero and his attempts to set things right against those who wronged him. Once again, audiences will see why this classic should not be missed.

Shakespeare’s Prospero will not take matters lying down and as he stands isolated on a far-off island, stripped of his title of the Duke of Milan, he waits to enact his vengeance. The sorcerer conjures up a storm when he spots King Alonso and his own brother Antonio out at sea, shipwrecking them on an island of extraordinary power.

Penned more than 400 years ago in the early 1610s, Shakespeare’s The Tempest has a firm place in history not only as one of his final plays but as a distinct piece that has grown in popularity since it was first penned.

And with that in mind it calls for a special kind of talent to bring to life the character of Prospero, with Simon Russell Beale taking on those duties in 2017. The acclaimed actor has a range of screen and stage credits to his name, making him the perfect choice for the role. Many of these have been Shakespearean parts, including Timon Of Athens at the National Theatre in 2012, Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002 and a previous version of The Tempest in 1994 (where he played Ariel).

So to call him an experienced performer would be an understatement and as he heads to the Barbican under the direction of the RSC’s Artistic Director Gregory Doran he will once again show the latest generation of theatregoers the power of Shakespeare’s classic play.

The Tempest runs at the Barbican under the banner of the Royal Shakespeare Company from Friday 30th June 2017.

Show Information
Booking From: Monday, 14th August 2017
Booking Until: Friday, 18th August 2017
Show Status: production_closed
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