The Tempest Review RSC 2002

  • Written: William Shakespeare
    Director: Michael Boyd
    Producer: Royal Shakespeare Company
    Cast: Keith Bartlett (Alonso), Tom Beard (Sebastian), Dylan Charles (Adrian), Dan Crute (Mariner/Spirit), Geff Francis (Caliban), Roger Frost (Francisco), Gracy G Goldman (Spirit), Brian Protheroe (Antonio), Jami Quarrell (Mariner/spirit), Sirine Saba (Miranda), James Staddon (Shipmaster), Malcolm Storry (Prospero), James Telfer (Boatswain), Alan Turkington (Ferdinand), Jerome Willis (Gonzalo).

    **What the critics say***

    NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "The production's lack of enchantment and an airy refusal to paint its characters in any colour sharper than light grey are its undoing. " CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The show is visually thrilling, but doesn't let spectacle stand in the way of hard thought and strong interpretation. In line with current critical orthodoxy, it presents The Tempest as a study of the evils of colonialism, but, though this is a dark reading, it is a continually persuasive one." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "It’s bold and inventive, but it lacks the gravity and depth the play needs. " MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A truly terrific Tempest.....a truly great production."

    External links to full reviews from newspapers

    The Guardian
    The Times
    Daily Telegraph
    Evening Standard

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