The Tempest

The Tempest Tickets

“Oh, wonder!

How many goodly creatures are there here!

How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,

That has such people in it! ”

Shakespeare’s final solo play The Tempest is this year’s enchanting opening to Iris Theatre’s outdoor summer season.

A storm at sea - a ship is broken by the waves, and a king and his court are washed up on the shore of a mysterious island. The desolate isle appears uninhabited but, unseen in the shadows, a powerful magician plots his revenge.

The fate of all the shipwrecked souls now rests in his hands. Will he give in to his anger, or will his love for his daughter redeem them all?

Taking place across the gardens of St Paul’s Church in the heart of the West End, and inspired by the courtly royal masques of the 17th century and the designs of Inigo Jones, The Tempest is an evening of pomp and promenade, of magic and illusion.

Dress to impress; you’re invited to a party at the end of the world.

The Tempest stars Propeller and West End regular Tony Bell, and is directed by Iris Theatre’s artistic director Daniel Winder, following last year’s five-star production of Macbeth.

“We are such stuff

As dreams are made on, and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.”

Iris is an award-winning theatre company, most celebrated for its annual summer season. In 2017, the company hosted a record breaking year at St Paul’s with Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel, the latter shortlisted for Best Production for Young People (8+) at the Offies, the award the company won the previous year for Treasure Island.

This show has now closed. See our list of theatre tickets for shows currently on sale.

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Recommended for ages 8+, some scenes may be upsetting for very small children.
William Shakespere
Gregory Doran
Cast list:
Simon Russell Beale (Prospero)

Iris Theatre

St Paul’s Church, Covent Garden, Bedford Street,London, Covent Garden, WC2E 9ED
Nearest tube:
Covent Garden or Charing Cross

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Our The Tempest Review

It used to be that the RSC production cycle would see the opening of a set of new productions at Stratford-upon-Avon one year and then the following bring them to the Barbican in London where they used to be the resident theatre company. Now only selected parts of the RSC Stratford programme make their way to London, and often only after a long delay; next week, for example, sees the belated... Read more

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