The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse)
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The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse)

The Tempest (St. Ann's Warehouse) NYC Reviews and Tickets

(62 Ratings)
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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.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (62)

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536 Reviews | 279 Followers
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. Read more

138 Reviews | 87 Followers
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.

78 Reviews | 76 Followers
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.

106 Reviews | 17 Followers
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.

563 Reviews | 194 Followers
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. Read more

236 Reviews | 174 Followers
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

122 Reviews | 16 Followers
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

160 Reviews | 23 Followers
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.

Critic Reviews (26)

The New York Times
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 to consider that I was watching women playing men. I was too much under the spell of make-believe that is theater, in which a talented person can will herself into any form."
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Time Out New York
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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New York Magazine / Vulture
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 sophisticated, single-point-of-view beauty of the text is going to be lost…Most of the time, Lloyd’s production seems to be making an excuse for nontraditional casting instead of merely exulting in it."
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The Hollywood Reporter
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 Prospero...Despite the actors’ fine efforts, the meta-theatricality of it all—winked at when one of the characters complains about 'postmodern shit'— proves more gimmicky than enlightening."
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AM New York
January 22nd, 2017

"The prison concept does not always serve the play well, but it reflects its themes of physical dislocation and overcoming destructive anger...This production makes a great case for the ongoing practice of performing Shakespeare for and with prisoners. Now that Lloyd’s trilogy is ending, it would be nice to see more all-female or gender-blind productions of Shakespeare, but they do not necessarily need to be tied down to an experimental concept."
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January 18th, 2017

"The divine Harriet Walter plays Shakespeare's most godlike creation, Prospero, with uncommon depth of feeling…The prison motif works better here than in any of Lloyd's previous efforts, leading to the kind of seamless storytelling that one hopes for (but rarely gets) when Shakespeare is adapted to an unlikely time or place…In this week of presidential pardons, 'The Tempest' and its themes of clemency resonate, particularly in this astute adaptation."
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Lighting & Sound America
January 19th, 2017

"Harriet Walter's Prospero is such a thrilling and original characterization that it very nearly justifies Phyllida Lloyd's over-interpreted staging…We are seeing ‘The Tempest’ as produced by specific prisoners...This is an interesting idea as far as it goes, but the constant intrusion of episodes of the inmates' daily life proves to be irritatingly intrusive…Certain ideas already seem past their sell-by date...The casting is extremely variable…The comedy subplot is especially lumbering here."
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January 20th, 2017

"It has some terrific coup de theatres that are bound to tickle your fancy...Walter, doubling as Prospero and the inmate Hanna, is superb...One of the marks of a great production is that it makes you see a familiar text in a fresh light. Lloyd's gender-blind 'Tempest' set in a prison does that and more. It invites you to watch women step into traditionally male roles with no apologies. What's more, it forces you to witness up-close how our justice system works—and how harsh it can be."
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