The Tempest


Outdoor theatre

Shakespeare's Globe

Until Sun Aug 18 2013

The Tempest

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Adrian Matthews

I found the whole "sitcom" take of the review quite bizarre - a mere device perhaps prompted by Roger Allam's recent forays into both TV and radio. Perhaps the early days of this run were less polished, but what I saw two days ago was as stunning a piece of theatre as I have witnessed in a long time. This is not an overtly political reading, it is true. But instead we have Allam's Prospero, spellbinding and utterly human, only incidentally a prince, sorcerer and colonial master, but primarily a concerned and deeply loving father. The two lovers were both funny and touching; like goofy and real infatuated teens rather than the one-dimensionally useless couples we often get. Caliban was unsettling and earthily brilliant. And Ariel was a real sprite, unpredictable and other-worldly, and at one point quite terrifying. And yes there was comedy, loads of it, some subtle, some broad, and all of it entirely suited to the intimacy of The Globe. My abiding memory of the performance will be Roger Allam wringing humanity and meaning out of every syllable and presenting it all with a matter-of-factness and clarity which made me wonder why anybody ever finds any of this Shakespeare stuff at all difficult. I too feel that three stars has sold this production sadly short.


I saw this the other night -- as a groundling, for 5 pounds -- and it was really terrific. I dunno what the Time Out reviewer was thinking when he gave it 3 stars. It's excellent.Excellent Prospero and a fascinating, memorable Pakistani Caliban.

Simon Tanner

I went to see it last night - it was just fabulous and incredibly good. Magical environment and experience. We laughed, we cried and our backs ached cos we were standing in the yard but got within touching distance of the actors. Never before have I seen a performance where every single line and word was so well understood and thus conveyed by the actors and every moment was hit so perfectly. An astounding play, performed at its very best. If you can get in to see it, do so.