Why See The Tempest?
The hit all-female Shakespearean staging transfers to New York!
British stage and screen star Harriet Walter takes on the lead role of magician Prospero, in this brand-new staging of Shakespeare's island-bound drama, this time set in a women's prison. Following its critically celebrated 2012 performances in London as part of Lloyd's highly anticipated all-female Shakespeare trilogy (in conjunction with the Donmar Warehouse), The Tempest will transfer to New York's St. Ann's Warehouse in January 2017 for a limited run of performances. Walter is described as one of Britain's great Shakespearean actresses, having performed as Brutus in Julius Caesar as well!
WHAT TO EXPECT
The third play of Lloyd's all-female Bard trilogy to hit the Warehouse in recent years, The Tempest's prison setting provides a timely and socially relevant spin on the search for freedom and personal justice within a confined and isolated setting. With Orange Is The New Black having been released back onto our screens, this well-timed engagement in Brooklyn pays tribute to one of the most disenfranchised and voiceless members of society, namely female prisoners, all elevated with the rich language of Shakespeare - making it a must-see for both Bard fans and newcomers to his work.
Lloyd is one of London's most revered female directors and playwrights, having worked with the established Donmar Warehouse on productions including Henry IV, Julius Caesar, Boston Marriage, The Threepenny Opera and Mary Stuart. Walter has won two Olivier Awards to date, including one for her role in the 2005 production of Mary Stuart; she was nominated for a Tony Award for the same role when it transferred to Broadway in 2009.
Opening night: 13 January 2017
Suitable for ages 13+
2 Hours with no intermission
Cast and Creative
Harriet Walter as Prospero
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd
What we thought
Majestic mysterious HISTORIC
You help but feel like you are stepping back in time.
St Ann's Warehouse lends itself perfectly to this excellent island-based drama as it feels isolated and forgotten, much like the inmates we are soon to meet in Phyllida Lloyd's final play from the Donmar Shakespeare trilogy. History is being madRead full review
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