On a distant island a man waits.
Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will. When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.
In a unique partnership with Intel, we will be using today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by Artistic Director Gregory Doran.
Our family show for 2016, The Tempest will be the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young theatregoers and families.
The Tempest will transfer to the Barbican, London from 30 June to 18 August 2017.
The performance filmed live on 11 January 2017 will be broadcast again to UK cinemas on 7 February* and in the US from 1 March. (*some UK cinemas may screen the performance on a different date, please check onscreen.rsc.org.uk for details)