Man is covered in paint and it being crushed by big hands with long nails

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

The Tempest written around 1610 – 1611 is Shakespeare’s story of the betrayal of Prospero; the bookish Duke of Milan. Prospero sets out to reclaim his Dukedom from his brother Antonio with the use of his magic arts.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre

    Stratford-upon-Avon

    Until 21 Jan 2017

  • Barbican Theatre

    London

    30 Jun - 18 Aug 2017

  • In Cinemas

    From 11 Jan 2017

  • Running time:

    2 hrs 23 mins + 20 mins interval

Past productions

Our productions of The Tempest over the years have included many famous actors playing Prospero: Michael Redgrave in 1951; John Gielgud in 1957; Ian Richardson in 1970; Michael Hordern in 1978; Derek Jacobi in 1982; John Wood in 1988; Alec McCowen in 1993; and Patrick Stewart in 2006.

Here you can find out more about some of our key past productions, giving you an insight into how they were staged and the directorial choices that were made.