The Tempest (Shakespeare's Globe Theatre) London Reviews and Tickets
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Delightful
About the Show
The Globe presents Shakespeare’s tale of betrayal, love and redemption.
A new production of the play that is regarded as Shakespeare's last independent works.
Prospero is the rightful Duke of Milan and seeks revenge on his traitor brother Antonio. By unleashing a storm, Prospero shipwrecks both his brother and the complicit Alonso, King of Naples. Now on a remote island, Prospero is determined to carry out his long-awaited justice with the reluctant support of the island's colonised inhabitants.
Directed by Sean Holmes ('A Midsummer Night’s Dream'; 'Twelfth Night').
"Engaging and vital at some moments, flat and curiously lacking in impact at others. ... 'Tempest' suffused with visual japery but only intermittently in touch with the lasting and immutable magic that exists within the play itself."
"Holmes’ production does not ignore the play’s darker undercurrents and colonial overtones, but they are buried deeper in the mix than is sometimes the case. It is predominantly concerned with keeping the audience amused, and though it suffers from audibility and clarity issues to begin with."
“It’s certainly a refreshingly contemporary take, but it fails to follow through with its concept. There is no overarching image to act as an aesthetic nexus; the conceptual dots are never connected. It is a shame because individual aspects are undeniably worth our attention”