‘O brave new world, That has such people in’t!’ - Act IV, scene 1
For powerful Prospero’s opening act of revenge, he raises a ferocious storm to shipwreck a crew of men – including his usurping brother – onto the remote island he now rules. His unwitting cast is now in position and, with reluctant support from the island’s colonised inhabitants, Prospero’s designs of magical and emotional manipulation unfurl with life-changing force.
The stage is set for a tumultuous new production of The Tempest, Shakespeare’s tale of reckoning and redemption, this summer in the Globe Theatre. Brought to life by our 2022 Globe Ensemble with direction from Associate Artistic Director Sean Holmes (A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Twelfth Night, Globe).
The comic supporting turns are well handled
It’s certainly a refreshingly contemporary take
Sean Holmes takes enjoyable liberties with his party island Tempest
Holmes’s production is a surprising delight
Colourful take on Shakespeare’s late play is never short of invention
A sunny delight
Sean Holmes's modish adaptation has gimmicks aplenty, but somehow works
It’s inventive, compassionate and really just a pure joy
Holmes delivers a modern, refreshing, and unconventional take
Sean Holmes’s gleefully comic take is a riot of holiday colour and fun
This is Shakespeare meets Benidorm
Inflatable lobsters and football anthems make for gimmicky Shakespeare
Occasional gales of laughter drown out subtlety