Already closed | 2h 45m | Upper W Side

The Tempest (Public)

From 29 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging

About the show

Part of the Public Theater's free Shakespeare in the Park, Sam Waterston stars in 'The Tempest,' The Bard’s classic tale of young love, old enemies and the eternal magic of storytelling. More…

Exiled to a fantastical island, Prospero unleashes a churning storm to shipwreck the traitor brother who stole his throne so he can settle the score once and for all. But bitter revenge is upended by newfound love in this sublime masterpiece that proves we are all “such stuff as dreams are made on.”

2h 45m | Already closed | The Delacorte Theatre (Upper W Side)

Member Reviews (29)


Great acting, Entertaining, Slow, Disappointing, Great staging

Ambitious, Overrated, Over acted, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if love Shakespeare and outdoors theater.

Don't see it if you like classically acted Shakespeare.

Great staging, Disappointing, Slow

See it if You like Shakespeare and want to attend a fun outdoor theater event.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of Shakespeare. He's not my cup of tea, but some productions are still able to hold my attention; this isn't one.

See charming "mobile unit" version at the public rather than this overwrought one

See it if this is one of Will's must see plays

Don't see it if steps on all of Will's great lines

Also I have seen some extraordinary Tempests including a recent production ... Read more Read less

Confusing, Disappointing, Excruciating

See it if you'd like a lovely night under the stars in Central Park.

Don't see it if you find Shakespeare a little dull unless it's done really, really well.

Great acting, Great staging, Quirky, Overrated

See it if You like Shakespeare and it's free.

Don't see it if you haven't read/seen the play beforehand to have a full understanding of what's going on.

Great acting, Slow, Banal, Disappointing

See it if you like classic Shakespeare plays that do not push boundaries or modernize Shakespeare, or if you have read the play

Don't see it if you have not read the play or are unfamiliar with much of Shakespeare's work, as it is quite dense

Banal, Confusing, Slow, Great staging

See it if A fan of the shakespeare play, a chance to see shakespeare in the park

Don't see it if without going into the show without some basic knowledge of the topic


See it if You really love Shakespeare.

Don't see it if If you can't sit through a 3+ HR play.

Ambitious, Romantic, Slow, Intelligent

See it if You love Shakespeare and enjoy the concept productions

Don't see it if You are daunted by early modern language.

June 16th, 2015
"This 'Tempest' is always lovely to behold and often illuminating. Don’t expect the stormy passions that can move an audience to tearful wonder...Moments of captivating pageantry arrive often enough to distract you from this production’s lack of dramatic urgency...Caliban says at one point, 'soun...
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June 16th, 2015
"Shakespeare in the Park has been so solidly enjoyable in recent summers that it’s sad to find one’s mind wandering in boredom, or eyes glazing over at a banal set. Such is the case at Michael Greif’s glossy, static, weakly interpreted 'Tempest', a late romance that offers a director the chance t...
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June 16th, 2015
"Stale choices sap 'The Tempest’s' power...Shakespeare’s uncanny investigation of love and freedom, and the way they are often both conjoined and opposed, cannot strike home unless an audience is at the same time elevated, even thrilled, by what it sees and hears...Perhaps, as is often the case, ...
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June 16th, 2015
"The simple, effective staging only accentuates the location’s natural beauty...Cirque-esque elements lend a modern touch, and though the majority of the costumes are de rigeur, the two slaves’ bondage-evoking harnesses provide a frisson of excitement...Still, these positives aren’t enough to dis...
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