The Tempest


West End

Haymarket Theatre Royal

Until Mon Oct 24 2011

6. Ralph Fiennes (Prosepero) and Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda) in The Tempest at Theatre Royal Haymarket. Photo credit Catherine Ashmore.jpg

Ralph Fiennes (Prosepero) and Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda) © Catherine Ashmore

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Regine Freise

why can I not give minus- stars, or maybe lemons ? I did not know that anything that old fashioned ( in a very bad sense) does still exist in theatre! You kind of spoiled my birthday, what I pity. I'll have to have several gin-tonics to recover- and I left during the interval, imagine what I would have to drink after having seen the whole play........


Before evaluation I can say that I'm not originally from UK and got only about 10% of the speech (but know the plot). This show is really boring to see. Ralph Fiennes playing much more in Harry Potter than here, but moreover - all issues came from directing. There is almost no action on the stage - just some talks. Plot that looks more energizing became too boring on the stage. Actors are trying to stay on right plays on the stage than to bring more passion into their characters - especially warriors who are walking around island after storm. Not great at all.


Fiennes lacked the charisma to make Prospero a convincing sorcerer- in comparison with Spacey's Richard III, which we saw a few weeks ago, he appeared to be rather going through the motions, acting with his head but not his heart. Nicholas Lyndhurst was excellent as Trinculo and although I could see it would not be to everyone's taste, I rather enjoyed the circus acrobatics and the tics of the sprites


Absolutely enjoyed it. Ralph Fiennes was gracious and wonderful as Prospero but all the other casts had distinct voices.

happy theatregoer

Loved Ralph Feinnes - thought the production as a whole was great - not quite sure what these other reviewers are complainaing about!


It took me three days to un-cringe my toes. Ralph Fiennes held his head high during what is certainly this fall's most awful production. There's a lot of purposeless wandering about, creaking wires and set pieces as actors are hoisted laboriously into the air, all seeped in electronic pseudo-baroque music. Oh, and did I mention the out-of-tune singing? Have mercy on Mr Fiennes; don't see thos, and don't waste your money!

H Macgregor

Fiennes impresses, Lyndhurst excels and, sadly, that's about it. An Ariel so mannered you wonder if it is a performance or a parody; a Ferdinand so insipid he could turn Miranda to women; and a Miranda who fidgets as though she needs the toilet (constantly). It is such a shame, this is a production that promises so much yet the unimaginative interpretation and shallow acting undermine the stellar work of the two named actors. One to avoid. (Oh, and where was Sir Trevor Nunn whilst all this was happening?)