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
Avg Score


See it if You love shakesoeare

Don't see it if You don't love shakespeare

Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Exquisite, Riveting

See it if You love good art.

Don't see it if You don't love good art.

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.

Delightful, Absorbing, Funny, Great acting, Must see

See it if you want something fantastical and mystical and funny and cool. See it if you want to ponder the concept of the "other" and class relations

Don't see it if you don't like the genre of fantasy or Shakespeare.

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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