The Tempest

The Tempest

Loosely inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin on the island of Tahiti.


“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”

The stranger and his daughter live alone on a remote island. Some people say he’s an artist. Others say he practices magic. But today is different. Prospero spots his oldest enemies passing close by in a fragile boat, and he conjures up a storm that will change all of their lives forever.

This production of Shakespeare’s final play is loosely inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin on the island of Tahiti. Michael Pennington, one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of his generation, plays Prospero for the first time.

Critic reviews

Michael Pennington gives a fine performance as Prospero in a Tahiti-tinged Shakespeare

· The Stage

A magical Tempest for unnerving times

· Londonist

Boutique theatre at its finest

· Broadway World

A superb cast breathe new life into one of the Bard's most stylistically challenging plays

· Everything Theatre

A somewhat so-so fringe Shakespeare is lifted by the veteran Michael Pennington, magnificent as an ailing Prospero

· Time Out


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Date & time

Show ended
Fri 10 Sep - Sat 9 Oct 2021, 3.30pm & 7.30pm
Runtime: 2 hrs 20 mins


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