The awesome Ralph Fiennes is about to tread the boards in London’s West End in William Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. The production began previews last week and is booking until 29th October, 2011.

 Photo credit Catherine Ashmore

Almost certainly Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism.  Marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero can command spirits, create apparitions and manipulate the elements.  By using his magic, he assembles his enemies to take revenge on them, and in the process awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first experience of love.  The theme of reconciliation gives immense emotional force to Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage.

Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero are Nicholas Lyndhurst as Trinculo, Chris Andrew Mellon (Sebastian), Michael Benz (Ferdinand), Tom Byam Shaw (Ariel), Jim Creighton (Adrian), Ian Drysdale (Francisco), Elisabeth Hopper (Miranda), Andrew Jarvis (Gonzalo), James Simmons (Alonso), Giles Terera (Caliban), Julian Wadham (Antonio) and Clive Wood (Stephano) as well as Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook , Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Jami Reid-Quarrell and Itxaso Moreno.

The production plays Monday – Saturday at 7.30pm, Thursday and Saturday matinees at 2.30pm.

Really looking forward to seeing this one ahead of Fiennes’ directorial debut CORALANIUS, also based on a Shakespeare work.

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  • There are NO performances on 12 and 13 September.
  • Additional two matinee performances are 11 and 25 October
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