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The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse)

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Members say: Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging

About the show

St. Ann's Warehouse presents the final installment of Donmar Warehouse's trilogy of all-female Shakespeare productions set in a women’s prison. Directed by Tony nominee Phyllida Lloyd
and featuring Harriet Walter. More…

After being exiled for decades to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the brother who stole his throne. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in Shakespeare's classic romance. St. Ann’s has been a proud home for this trilogy, which has ignited a cultural and social conversation about gender, equality, and aspiration on both sides of the Atlantic, as it empowers women to play Shakespeare roles normally reserved for men.

1h 45m | Already closed | St Ann's Warehouse (Brooklyn)

Member Reviews (62)


Great acting, Ambitious, Absorbing, Intelligent, Great staging
Avg Score

Ambitious, Edgy, Great acting, Great writing, Action interruptions

See it if you like Donmar works. Good text cuts, but annoying prison interruptions.Full immersion is impossible. Well acted and well staged.

Don't see it if you want traditional Shakespeare; this is not! I liked the all-female cast, esp'ly Walter. She has the presence to anchor the play.

Clever, Great acting, Intelligent, Relevant, Quirky

See it if You want to see a Shakespeare play that challenges traditional gender roles. You enjoy non-traditional staging. You want great acting.

Don't see it if You prefer more traditional interpretations of Shakespeare & staging. You want clear speech-some accents made it hard to understand.

Also Overall, this was an excellent production. While I didn't agree with e... Read more Read less

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Intelligent, Creative

See it if See an exceptionally talented actress in Harriet Walter and a great ensemble cast; experience Shakespeare in a non traditional presentation.

Don't see it if you are a Shakespeare purist; you prefer extravagant sets; the prison setting sometimes intrudes on the story yet also defines it .

Absorbing, Clever, Innovative staging, Superb ensemble work, Riveting

See it if you are interested in seeing a Shakespearean play performed in an innovative way.

Don't see it if you don't care for innovation in the theatre.

Also This is, perhaps, the best production of a play by Shakespeare that I ... Read more Read less

Riveting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Great acting, Innovative staging

See it if you LIVE for innovative Shakespeare adaptations and all-star ensemble casts.

Don't see it if don't enjoy non-traditional Shakespeare productions, or Shakespeare in general.

Confusing, Disappointing, Enchanting, Great writing, Intelligent

See it if you like Shakespeare or are attracted by Phyllida Lloyd's promising vision. You enjoy the exploration of theatre as artifice.

Don't see it if you have sky-high expectations. Despite Brantley's claim, this is not the best version The Tempest you will ever see. (Ariel is excellent!)

Also The Tempest has long been my favorite Shakespeare play, but this produ... Read more Read less

Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Clever

See it if you enjoy non-traditional productions of Shakespeare.

Don't see it if you haven't seen The Tempest before -- this one's a little hard to follow.

Great acting, Great writing, Intelligent, Profound, Resonant

See it if You appreciate fresh takes on Shakespeare. The gender bending and having it set in a women's prison add so much to this classic.

Don't see it if if you hate all things Shakespeare no matter how brilliant

Absorbing, Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You like Shakespeare.ingenious staging, innovative approaches to classics, a wonderful evening of theater.

Don't see it if Theater in the round,travelling to Brooklyn,women actors playing traditional men's roles.

Great acting, Ambitious, Resonant, Absorbing, Confusing

See it if Donmar's take on Shakespeare is always worth seeing. The female cast works; im not sure the prison setting does. Walter is magnificent.

Don't see it if you don't want to contemplate the nature of captivity, or feel it cant have any connection to Shakespeare. The text is heavily edited.

Great acting, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Slow

See it if you are interested in alternative approaches to great theater. Harriet Walker is magnificent as she is in everything. No one else memorable

Don't see it if you are looking for entertainment in the usual sense of the word. Not much happens here. it is more about his/her experience of isolation

Great writing, Disappointing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Ambitious

See it if you've liked the other all-female Shakespeare productions directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

Don't see it if you are primarily interested in a fresh, insightful presentation of The Tempest.

Also The prison conceit is very well carried out; it just did not do anythi... Read more Read less

Delightful, Ambitious, Resonant, Diverse all-female cast

See it if you love Shakespeare, great acting, the women of Donmar Warehouse, the beautiful St. Ann's Warehouse space, you're alive and it's still on..

Don't see it if you don't like non-traditional interpretations of Shakespeare (takes place in a women's prison)

Enchanting, Great acting, Great staging, Masterful, Riveting

See it if You love the theater, Shakespeare, being entertained, being moved, great acting, great art, life itself.

Don't see it if You hate theater, being entertained, being moved, life itself.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Great writing, Creativee

See it if You like a clever take on Shakespeare, a play set within a play with an all female cast.

Don't see it if Shakespeare is not your cup of tea.

Great acting, Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Riveting

See it if You have liked all of the other Donmar productions at St.Anne's..this one is the best. If you love seeing powerful performances.

Don't see it if You can't stand anyone doing different takes on a Shakespeare production or don't like the idea of an all female cast.

Absorbing, Great acting, Edgy, Masterful, Must see

See it if You want to see a brilliant take on Shakespeare's final play with an amazing all female cast. Don't be skeptical of the prison aspect.

Don't see it if You can't stand anything other than a classical adaptation of Shakespeare and have a really closed mind about what theater is

Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are intrigued by alternate staging/ casting

Don't see it if You never cared for The Tempest to begin with.

The white balloons!, Ambitious, Clever, Entertaining, Thought-provoking

See it if Appreciate alternative spaces and casting (all female cast) Believe Shakespeare benefits from modern context

Don't see it if you are a purist

Riveting, Bittersweet, Allegorical, Great acting

See it if The payoff of Lloyd's Shakespeare Trilogy/prisoner motif. Woof. Absolutely brilliant casting. To see yourself in classic, off-limits roles.

Don't see it if Looking for straight presentation of text, rather than eminently enjoyable take. Object to women finally getting a look-in and owning it.

Absorbing, Ambitious, Great acting, Intelligent, Masterful

See it if If you like Shakespeare performed with muscular energy and by dynamic performers like Harriet Walters done in a non-traditional way, perfect

Don't see it if You are bothered by non-traditional casting or prefer museum quality Shakespeare or hate modern dress staging, this is not for you

Ambitious, Edgy, Intelligent

See it if If you love Orange is the New Black and Shakespeare, THIS is the show for you! This truly is The Tempest but in a contemporary setting.

Don't see it if You don't want to go to Brooklyn.

Creative, Great acting, Intelligent

See it if If you want to see Shakespeare with modern twist done right.

Don't see it if Don't like Shakespeare

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Resonant, Relevant

See it if you want to see a creative production of Shakespeare's classic, featuring a revelatory performance by Dame Harriet Walker.

Don't see it if you don't like Shakespeare. If so, it's your loss.

Absorbing, Enchanting, Great acting, Intelligent, Resonant

See it if you love Shakespeare or the Tempest, want to see a fresh & often revelatory take on the text, love seeing strong brilliant women onstage.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in an all-female cast, only like traditional takes on Shakespeare, or have no familiarity with the material.

January 18th, 2017
"An exhilarating production…I’m talking about the giddy liberation that comes from being caught up in a collective fantasy that makes you forget how small your existence can feel…It is the most purely pleasurable of the trilogy and the most entertaining ‘Tempest’ I’ve ever seen…I rarely stopped t...
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January 19th, 2017
"An effective, well-edited Tempest (105 minutes without intermission), and Walter’s emotionally translucent Prospero—bluff pride exquisitely mingled with shame and penitence—is reason enough to attend. The rest of the youthful, multiracial cast does energetic, appealing work."
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January 18th, 2017
"It’s not much of a criticism to say that the rest of the cast is not at Walter’s level; who is? But every concept exacts a price, and if your concept is that a bunch of prisoners, with all their diverse accents and perspectives and abilities, is putting on a play, inevitably some of the sophisti...
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January 18th, 2017
"Lloyd’s staging of 'The Tempest' imagines that the play is being performed by an all-female cast of inmates. And as with the previous productions...the approach has its pluses and minuses...The ensemble is headed by the formidable Harriet Walter, giving a superb performance as the magician Prosp...
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