Play by William Shakespeare. 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. Almost certainly Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest can lay claim to being the first ever work of magic realism.
Arguably the first significant production of Shakespeare's The Tempest on the London stage was presented by the Old Vic Company in 1930 with the 26-year-old John Gielgud playing, for his first time, the title role of 'Prospero', with Ralph Richardson as 'Caliban'. John Gielgud went on to play the title role three more times on the London stage: at the Old Vic Theatre in 1940, with the role of 'Miranda' shared between Jessica Tandy and Peggy Ashcroft, in a production that also featured Alec Guinness as 'Ferdinand'; at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in 1957, in Peter Brook's landmark staging; and lastly, when in his seventieth year, back at the Old Vic Theatre in 1974, directed by Peter Hall.
Other notable actors to have played 'Prospero' in London include Derek Jacobi at the Barbican Theatre in 1983, and at the Old Vic Theatre in 2003; Paul Scofield at the Wyndham's Theatre in 1975; Patrick Stewart at the Novello Theatre in 2007; and Ralph Fiennes at the Haymarket Theatre in 2011.
The Tempest was a popular choice at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre with the play being staged some eight times between 1934 and 1960.
The date Friday 25 November 1988 is of particular note. This was the day, and the only day due to repertory scheduling, when three separate productions of The Tempest where being performed on three London stages on the same evening: Peter Hall's production at the National Theatre's Olivier Theatre; Jonathan Miller's production at the Old Vic Theatre; and Declan Donnellan's production for Cheek By Jowl at the (Donmar) Warehouse.
The title role of 'Prospero' has been gender-swapped three times on the London stage: The first time was when Valerie Braddell played the role for the Actors Touring Company at the (Donmar) Warehouse in 1983; Vanessa Redgrave then played the role in Lenka Udovicki's production at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre in 2000; and Harriet Walter took the role in Phyllida Lloyd's all-female production at the temporary theatre Donmar King's Cross in 2016.
1930 - John Gielgud and Ralph Richardson
Opened 6 October 1930, Closed 26 December 1930 (in repertory)at the Old Vic Theatre
Transferred 10 February 1931, Closed 14 February 1931 at the Sadler's Wells Theatre
The cast featured John Gielgud as 'Prospero', Joan Harben as 'Miranda', Ralph Richardson as 'Caliban', Leslie French as 'Ariel', Valentine Dyall as 'Antonio', Peter Taylor-Smith as 'Alonso', David Balfour as 'Ferdinand', and Alfred Sangster as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Harcourt Williams, with designs by Owen P Smyth.
1933 - Peggy Ashcroft
Opened 18 April 1933, Closed 22 April 1933 at the Old Vic Theatre
Transferred 25 April 1933, Closed 29 April 1933 at the Sadler's Wells Theatre
Transferred 1 May 1933, Closed 8 May 1933 at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Harcourt Williams as 'Prospero', Peggy Ashcroft as 'Miranda', Malcolm Keen as 'Caliban', Leslie French as 'Ariel', Alastair Sim as 'Antonio', George Devine as 'Alonso', William Fox as 'Ferdinand', and Geoffrey Wincott as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Harcourt Williams, with designs by Owen P Smyth.
1934 - Charles Laughton
Opened 8 January 1934, Closed 20 January 1934 at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Transferred 22 January 1934, Closed 3 February 1934 at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Charles Laughton as 'Prospero', Ursula Jeans as 'Miranda', Roger Livesey as 'Caliban', Elsa Lanchester as 'Ariel', Dennis Arundell as 'Antonio', Marius Goring as 'Alonso', Clifford Evans as 'Ferdinand', and Evan John as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Tyrone Guthrie, with choreography by Rupert Doone, designs by John Armstrong, and music by Dennis Arundell and Herbert Menges.
1934 - 1st production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 5 June 1934, Closed 1 September 1934 (in repertory) at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured John Drinkwater as 'Prospero', Pamela Stanley as 'Miranda', Robert Atkins as 'Caliban', Leslie French as 'Ariel', Clifford Evans as 'Antonio', Dennis Hoey as 'Alonso', Hubert Gregg as 'Ferdinand', and J Leslie Frith as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins, with costumes by Paul Shelving.
1936 - 2nd production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 7 July 1936, Closed 16 July 1936 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Ion Swinley as 'Prospero', Rosalyn Brooke as 'Miranda', Baliol Holloway as 'Caliban', Leslie French as 'Ariel', Gyles Isham as 'Antonio', W E Holloway as 'Alonso', Hubert Gregg as 'Ferdinand', and C W Anson as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins, with costumes by Joyce Lynton.
1937 - 3rd production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 23 August 1937, Closed 4 September 1937 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast features Ion Swinley as 'Prospero', Janet Johnson as 'Miranda', Russell Thorndike as 'Caliban', Leslie French as 'Ariel', Laidman Browne as 'Antonio', W E Holloway as 'Alonso', Robert Eddison as 'Ferdinand', and C W Anson as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins, with costumes by Paul Shelving.
1938 - 4th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 28 June 1938, Closed 9 July 1938 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Philip Merivale as 'Prospero', Sylvia Marriott as 'Miranda', Robert Atkins as 'Caliban', Peggy Bryan as 'Ariel', Ballard Berkeley as 'Antonio', W E Holloway as 'Alonso', David Tree as 'Ferdinand', and Morris Harvey as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins, with costumes by Joan Hayhurst.
1940 - John Gielgud, Jessica Tandy, Peggy Ashcroft, and Alec Guinness
Opened 29 May 1940, Closed 6 July 1940 at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured John Gielgud as 'Prospero', Jessica Tandy as 'Miranda' (up to Saturday 15 June 1940), Peggy Ashcroft as 'Miranda' (from Tuesday 18 June 1940), Jack Hawkins as 'Caliban', Marius Goring as 'Ariel', Marne Maitland as 'Antonio', Andre Morell as 'Alonso', Alec Guinness as 'Ferdinand', and Lewis Casson as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by George Devine and Marius Goring, with designs by Oliver Messel.
This production played a Tuesday to Saturday evening and Saturday matinee performance schedule.
1943 - 5th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 3 August 1943, Opened 14 August 1943 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Wilfrid Walter as 'Prospero', Helen Cherry as 'Miranda', Robert Atkins as 'Caliban', Mary Honer as 'Ariel', Wolfe Morris as 'Antonio', Richard Cuthbert as 'Alonso', Michael Oldham as 'Ferdinand', and Horace Sequeira as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins.
1949 - 6th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 18 July 1949, Closed 6 August 1949 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
Returned 29 August 1949, Closed 10 September 1949 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Tristan Rawson as 'Prospero', Huia Munro as 'Miranda', Robert Atkins as 'Caliban', Patricia Kneale as 'Ariel', Clement Hamelin as 'Antonio', John Carew as 'Alonso', Aubrey Woods as 'Ferdinand', and Thomas Dance as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins, with designs by Joseph Carl.
Due to good attendances, and good weather, it was decided to extend the theatre's annual summer season by bringing The Tempest back for a two week run to finish the 1949 season.
1954 - Michael Hordern, Claire Bloom, and Richard Burton
Opened 13 April 1954, Closed 28 May 1954 (in repertory) at Old Vic Theatre
The cast features Michael Hordern as 'Prospero', Claire Bloom as 'Miranda', Richard Burton as 'Caliban', Robert Hardy as 'Ariel', Edgar Wreford as 'Antonio', Ronald Hines as 'Alonso', John Neville as 'Ferdinand', and Paul Daneman as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Helpmann, with designs by Leslie Hurry, and music by Malcolm Arnold.
1955 - 7th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Open 1 June 1955, Closed 31 August 1955 (in repertory) at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Robert Eddison as 'Prospero', June Bailey as 'Miranda', Robert Atkins as 'Caliban', James Maxwell as 'Ariel', Richard Carey as 'Antonio', Tristan Rawson as 'Alonso', Nicholas Amer as 'Ferdinand', and Clement Hamelin as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by David William.
Presented by the Folio Theatre Company.
Bad weather had caused financial problems for the 1953 Season, when the Open Air's Director Robert Atkins needed an emergency grant from the Arts Council to finish the season. No plays where presented at the Open Air Theatre in 1954. A new company, The Folio Theatre Company, was set up to present plays at the Open Air, and The Tempest was their first production to open.
1957 - John Gielgud and Alec Clunes
Previewed 4 December 1957, Opened 5 December 1957, Closed 25 January 1958 at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane
The cast featured John Gielgud as 'Prospero', Doreen Aris as 'Miranda', Alec Clunes as 'Caliban', Brian Bedford as 'Ariel', Dignam as 'Antonio', Robert Harris as 'Alonso', Richard Johnson as 'Ferdinand', and Cyril Luckham as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed and designed by Peter Brook, with choreography by Raimonda Orselli.
1959 - John Dryden / William Davenant / Henry Purcell version
Opened 9 June 1959, Closed 27 June 1959 at the Old Vic Theatre
Adapted from William Shakespeare's The Tempest by John Dryden and William Davenant, edited for this staging by George Rylands, with music by Henry Purcell.
The cast featured John Phillips as 'Prospero', Natasha Parry as 'Miranda', Joss Ackland as 'Caliban', Jeanette Sterke as 'Ariel', Jeremy Kemp as 'Antonio', Oliver Neville as 'Alonso', Gordon Gardner as 'Ferdinand', and Gerald James as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Douglas Seale, with choreography by Peter Wright, and costumes by Finlay James.
Presented as part of the London-wide 'Purcell-Handel Festival' 8 to 27 June 1959.
It is believed that this was the first London production of the Dryden and Davenant's version of The Tempest since it was last staged at the Old Vic Theatre in 1844 (though without the Purcell music).
1960 - 8th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Opened 2 June 1960, Closed 16 July 1960 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Alan Judd as 'Prospero', Isobel Black as 'Miranda', Robert Atkins as 'Caliban' (up to 15 June 1960), Russell Thorndike as 'Caliban' (from 16 June 1960), Michael Picardie as 'Ariel', Roy Patrick as 'Antonio', Tristran Rawson as 'Alonso', Michael Deacon as 'Ferdinand', and Wilfred Harrison as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Robert Atkins.
During the run Robert Atkins fell ill with boils, and his role of 'Caliban' was taken over by Russell Thorndike.
1962 - Alastir Sim and Eileen Atkins
Opened 29 May 1962, Closed 31 August 1962 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Alastir Sim as 'Prospero', Eileen Atkins as 'Miranda', George Selway as 'Caliban', Kerry Gardner as 'Ariel', Michael Turner as 'Antonio', Leader Hawkins as 'Alonso', Graham Bell as 'Ferdinand', and Joseph O'Conor as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Oliver Neville, with designs by Leslie Hurry, and music by Michael Tippett.
1968 Peter Brook's Themes on the Tempest
17 July 1968 at the Roundhouse Theatre
Adapted from Shakespeare, directed and designed by Peter Brook.
This was the first theatrical production at the newly converted Roundhouse - a huge repair shed for railway engines in Camden, North London - that was leased by Arnold Wesker's Centre 42.
This production of Peter Brook’s experimental Themes on the Tempest - held before an invited audience - became the foundation for the 'International Centre for Theatre Research'.
1970 - Jonathan Miller
Opened 15 June 1970, Closed 29 August 1970 (in repertory) at the Mermaid Theatre
The cast featured Graham Crowden as 'Prospero', Angela Pleasence as 'Miranda', Rudolph Walker as 'Caliban', Norman Beaton as 'Ariel', Bruce Purchase as 'Antonio', Antony Brown as 'Alonso', Martin Thurley as 'Ferdinand', and George Benson as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Jonathan Miller, with designs by John Collins.
1972 - 9th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Previewed 27 May 1972, Opened 30 May 1972, Closed 8 July 1972 at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Michael Denison as 'Prospero', Celia Bannerman as 'Miranda', Gregory Floy as 'Caliban', Wayne Sleep as 'Ariel', Darryl Kavann as 'Antonio', John Quentin as 'Alonso', Ian Mackenzie as 'Ferdinand', and Donald Pelmear as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Richard Digby Day, with sets by Kit Surrey, and costumes by Hugh Durrant.
1974 - John Gielgud and Jenny Agutter
Previewed 26 February 1974, Opened 5 March 1974, Closed 29 June 1974 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured John Gielgud as 'Prospero', Jenny Agutter as 'Miranda', Denis Quilley as 'Caliban', Michael Feast as 'Ariel', Cyril Cusack as 'Antonio', Joseph O'Conor as 'Alonso', Rupert Frazer as 'Ferdinand', and David Markham as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Peter Hall, with movement by Claude Chagrin, designs by John Bury, masks by Jennifer Carey, lighting by Leonard Tucker, and music by the group 'Gryphon'.
Presented by the National Theatre.
1975 - Paul Scofield
Previewed 19 February 1975, Opened 20 February 1975, Closed 12 July 1975 at the Wyndham's Theatre
The cast featured Paul Scofield as 'Prospero', Nicky Guadagni as 'Miranda', Peter Gordon as 'Caliban', Sam Dastor as 'Ariel', Frederick Bartman as 'Antonio', Tony Steedman as 'Alonso', John Sommerville as 'Ferdinand', and John Franklyn-Robbins as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by John Harrison, with sets by Sean Cavanagh, costumes by Kitty Burrows, and lighting by Joe Davis.
A transfer from the Leeds Playhouse.
1978 - Young Vic Theatre Company
Previewed 23 November 1978, Opened 28 November 1978, Closed 16 December 1978 (in repertory) at Young Vic Theatre
Transferred 24 February 1979, Closed 31 March 1979 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Bill Wallis as 'Prospero', Fiona Victory as 'Miranda', John Labanowski as 'Caliban', Stephen Boxer as 'Ariel', Peter Jonfield as 'Antonio', Malcolm Rennie as 'Alonso', Christopher Ashley as 'Ferdinand', and John Darrell as 'Gonzalo'.
Directed by Michael Bogdanov, with designs by Paul Bannister, and lighting by Chris Ellis.
1983 - Valerie Braddell
Previewed 2 February 1983, Opened 24 February 1983, Closed 9 April 1983 (in repertory) at the Warehouse (now Donmar Warehouse)
The cast featured Valerie Braddell as 'Prospero', Susan Colverd as 'Miranda', Jack Ellis as 'Caliban'/'Gonzalo', Christine Bishop as 'Ariel', Chris Barnes as 'Antonio'/'Trinculo', William Russell Enoch as 'Alonso', and Peter Searles as 'Ferdinand', with Raymond Sawyer as 'Sebastian'/'Stephano'.
Directed by John Retallack, with movement by Raymond Sawyer, and designs by Chris Barnes.
Presented in repertory as part of a season by the Actors Touring Company.
1983 - Derek Jacobi and Mark Rylance
Previewed 7 September 1983, Opened 13 September 1983, Closed 15 November 1983 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre
Returned 31 January 1984, Closed 22 March 1984 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre
The cast featured Derek Jacobi as 'Prospero', Alice Krige as 'Miranda', Bob Peck as 'Caliban', Mark Rylance as 'Ariel', Robert O'Mahoney as 'Antonio', Paul Webster as 'Alonso', Floyd Bevan as 'Ferdinand', and Edward Jewesbury as 'Gonzalo', with Christopher Benjamin as 'Stephano', Christine Botes as 'Ceres', Jeffery Dench as 'Sebastian', William Haden as 'Adrian', Angela Kazimierczuk as 'Iris', Theresa Lister as 'Juno', Raymond Llewellyn as 'Francisco', Ian Talbot as 'Trinculo', Alexandra Brook, Robert Clare, Richard Clifford, Cathy Finlay, Tom Mannion, Niall Padden, Lesley Sharp, and John Tramper.
Directed by Ron Daniels, with designs by Maria Bjornson, lighting by Richard Riddell, and music by Stephen Oliver.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
1988 - Peter Hall
Previewed 25 April 1988, Opened 19 May 1988, Closed 30 July 1988 (in repertory) at the NT Cottesloe Theatre (now Dorfman Theatre)
Previewed 20 August 1988, Opened 29 September 1988, Closed 25 November 1988 (in repertory) at the NT Olivier Theatre
The cast featured Michael Bryant as 'Prospero', Jennifer Hall as 'Miranda' (at Cottesloe Theatre), Shirley Henderson as 'Miranda' (at Olivier Theatre), Tony Haygarth as 'Caliban', Steven Mackintosh as 'Ariel' / 'Ceres', Ken Stott as 'Antonio', Robert Arnold as 'Alonso', Peter Woodward as 'Ferdinand', and Tony Church as 'Gonzalo', with John Bluthal as 'Stephano' (at Cottesloe Theatre), Terence Rigby as 'Stephano' (at Olivier Theatre), Michael Bottle as 'Francisco', Michael Carter as 'Adrian', Sally Dexter as 'Juno', Jenny Galloway as 'Iris', Basil Henson as 'Sebastian', Tim Pigott-Smith as 'Trinculo', Paul Ashby (at Olivier Theatre only), Michael Beint, Ian Bolt, Sandra Butterworth (at Olivier Theatre only), Doyne Byrd, Judith Coke, Peter Gordon, Alex Hardy, Simon Scott, Daniel Thorndike, and Janet Whiteside.
Directed by Peter Hall, with movement by Elizabeth Keen, designs by Alison Chitty, lighting by Gerry Jenkinson and Ben Ormerod, music by Harrison Birtwistle, and sound by Paul Arditti.
Presented by the National Theatre in repertory with Shakespeare's Cymbeline and The Winter's Tale with the same ensemble company of actors under the direction of Peter Hall, in his last productions as Director of the National Theatre, a role he had taken on fifteen years earlier.
There where number 'back-stage' issues during rehearsals of this trilogy. Early on Robert Eddison, who was due to appear in all three plays, left, while Sarah Miles, who was due to play 'Imogen' in Cymbeline left a few days before the first preview performance. In addition there where technical and logistic problems with preparing three full-length Shakespeare plays to open together in the small Cottesloe Theatre on three consecutive evenings. Due to this the first preview performances of the Trology where cancelled. The Tempest was due to start public previews on Thursday 21 April, but did not have its first, re-scheduled, preview until Monday 25 April.
1988 - Jonathan Miller
Previewed 6 October 1988, Opened 11 October 1988, Closed 26 November 1988 at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Max von Sydow as 'Prospero', Rudi Davies as 'Miranda', Rudolph Walker as 'Caliban', Cyril Nri as 'Ariel', Peter Wear as 'Antonio', Bernard Brown as 'Alonso', Aiden Gillett as 'Ferdinand', and John Barron as 'Gonzalo', with Alexei Sayle as 'Trinculo', Peter Bayliss as 'Stephano', Stephen Caro as 'Francisco', Peter Guinness as 'Sebastian', Richard Lawry as 'Adrian', Melanie E. Marshall as 'Iris', Dorothy Ross as 'Ceres', La Verne Williams as 'Juno', Andrew Kitchen, and Nelson E. Ward.
Directed by Jonathan Miller, with designs by Richard Hudson, lighting by Davy Cunningham, and music by Carl Davis.
1988 - Cheek by Jowl
Previewed 22 November 1988, Opened 24 November 1988, Closed 7 January 1989 (in repertory) at the Warehouse (now Donmar Warehouse)
The cast featured Timothy Walker as 'Prospero', Cecilia Noble as 'Miranda', Duncan Duff as 'Caliban', Peter Darling as 'Ariel', Charlie Roe as 'Antonio', Lloyd Owen as 'Ferdinand', and Trevor Baxter as 'Gonzalo', with Keith Bartlett as 'Stephano', Michael Jenn as 'Trinculo', Paterson Joseph as 'Adrian', Dale Rapley as 'Sebastian', and Anne White as 'Queen of Naples'.
Directed by Declan Donnellan, with choreography by Sara van Beers, designs by Nick Ormerod, lighting by Nick Ormerod and Steven Rate, and music by Paddy Cunneen.
Presented by Cheek by Jowl in a touring production, in repertory with Sophocles' Philoctetes.
1989 - John Wood
Previewed 18 May 1989, Opened 25 May 1989, Closed 31 October 1989 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre
The cast featured John Wood as 'Prospero', Melanie Thaw as 'Miranda', John Kane as 'Caliban', Duncan Bell as 'Ariel', Richard Haddon Haines as 'Antonio', Nicholas Selby as 'Alonso', James Purefoy as 'Ferdinand', and Alfred Burke as 'Gonzalo', with Desmond Barrit as 'Trinculo', Cate Hamer as 'Ceres', Paul Hargreaves as 'Adrian', Darlene Johnson as 'Iris', Julia Lintott as 'Juno', Colin McCormack as 'Sebastian', Patrick Miller as 'Francisco', Campbell Morrison as 'Stephano', Leona Asamoah, Michael Bott, Maggie Carr, Stephen Gordon, Charlotte Hawkins, Peter Lennon, Nicole Merton, Patrick Miller, Jennifer Minott, Emma Preston, Leigh Saville, Ken Shorter, and Julia Tarnoky.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, with choreography by Martin Duncan, designs by David Fielding, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jeremy Sams, and sound by John A Leonard.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
1991 - Mark Rylance
Opened 19 June 1991, Closed 14 July 1991 at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The cast featured Mark Rylance as 'Prospero', Toshie Ogura as 'Miranda', John Ramm as 'Caliban', Julian Lyon as 'Ariel', Jerry Flynn as 'Antonio', John Abbott as 'Alonso', Ben Miles as 'Ferdinand', and Lawrence Werber as 'Gonzalo', with Andrew Bridgmont as 'Sebastian', Clive Kneller as 'Trinculo', Metin Marlow as 'Stephano', Matteo Patresi as 'the Red Hand', and the dancers Chris Blagdon, Catherine Evers, Claire Porter, and Duncan Glasse.
Directed by Mark Rylance, with choreography by Sue Lefton, designs by Jenny Tiramani and Will Hargreaves, lighting by Gary Spraggett, and music by Clare Van Kampen.
An out-door touring production presented as a promenade performanceby the Phoebus Cart Company.
This was technically the first production to be staged at the rebuilt Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Except it hadn't actually been 're-built', it was still very much a building site, but an area in the middle was cleared to make way for this rather 'ad-hoc' staging. This production was notable for being the first to bring Mark Rylance, Jenny Tiramani, and Clare Van Kampen to the rebuilt Globe Theatre, who would all go on to form the basis of the theatre's first artistic regime a couple of years later.
1992 - Michael Bogdanov
Previewed 26 November 1992, Opened 27 November 1992, 10 December 1992 (in repertory) at the Royalty Theatre (now Peacock Theatre)
The cast featured John Woodvine as 'Prospero', Julie Saunders as 'Miranda', Ravil Isyanov as 'Caliban', Olwen Fouere as 'Ariel', Gregory Floy as 'Antonio', John Darrell as 'Alonso', Charles Simpson as 'Ferdinand', and Hugh Sullivan as 'Gonzalo', with Sean Baker as 'Stefano', Lynn Farleigh as 'Juno', Tony Haygarth as 'Trinculo', Edward Little as 'Adrian', Gareth Williams as 'Sebastian', Bruce Anderson, Dave Fishley, Abigail Hayes, Andy Hough, Liz Kelly, and Peter Lennon.
Directed by Michael Bogdanov, with designs by Chris Dyer, lighting by Chris Ellis, and sound by John Leonard.
Presented by the English Shakespeare Company in repertory with Shakespeare's The Tempest.
1992 - Ninagawa Company
Opened 3 December 1992, Closed 5 December 1992 at the Barbican Theatre
Performed in Japanese in a translation by by Yushi Odashima.
The cast featured Haruhiko Joh as 'Prospero', Mariko Fuji as 'Miranda', Hiroki Okawa as 'Caliban', and Yoji Matsuda as 'Ariel'.
Directed by Yukio Ninagawa.
Presented by the Ninagawa Company in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
1994 - Alec McCowen
Previewed 7 July 1994, Opened 13 July 1994, Closed 27 October 1994 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre
The cast featured Alec McCowen as 'Prospero', Sarah Woodward as 'Miranda', David Troughton as 'Caliban', Simon Russell Beale as 'Ariel', James Hayes as 'Antonio', Paul Greenwood as 'Alonso', Mark Lewis Jones as 'Ferdinand', and Clifford Rose as 'Gonzalo', with Johanna Benyon as 'Ceres', David Birrell as 'Adrian', David Bradley as 'Trinculo', Virginia Grainger as 'Juno', Peter Grimes as 'Francisco', Christopher Hunter as 'Sebastian', Mark Lockyer as 'Stephano', Sian Radinger as 'Iris', Mike Burnside, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Christopher Colquhoun, Simon Coury, Sean Hannaway, Christopher Robbie, and Sarah Weymouth.
Directed by Sam Mendes, with movement by Terry John Bates, designs by Anthony Ward, lighting by Paul Pyant, and music by Shaun Davey.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
1995 - Paul Jesson
Previewed 14 June 1995, Opened 29 June 1995, Closed 20 July 1995 (in repertory) at the Young Vic Theatre
The cast featured Paul Jesson as 'Prospero', Sarah-Jane Holm as 'Miranda', Dominic Letts as 'Caliban', Bonnie Engstrom as 'Ariel', Daniel Flynn as 'Antonio', David Weston as 'Alonso', David Fahm as 'Ferdinand', and Ken Farrington as 'Gonzalo', with Romy Baskerville as 'Adriana', Jeremy Brook as 'Trinculo', Ian Driver as 'Stephano', Stephen Hattersley as 'Sebastian', Sarah Ball, Helen Blatch, and Sekai Matimba.
Directed by David Thacker, with movement by Lesley Hutchison, designs by Shelagh Keegan, lighting by Alan Burrett, music by Adrian Johnston, and sound by Rick Clarke.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company in repertory with Edward Bond's Bingo.
1996 - 10th production of The Tempest at the Open Air Theatre
Previewed 11 June 1996, Opened 13 June 1996, Closed 4 September 1996 (in repertory) at the Open Air Theatre
The cast featured Denis Quilley as 'Prospero', Debra Beaumont as 'Miranda', David Cardy as 'Caliban', Ellen O'Grady as 'Ariel', John Berlyne as 'Antonio', Michael G Jones as 'Alonso', Chook Sibtain as 'Ferdinand', and Malcolm Rogers as 'Gonzalo', with Christopher Biggins as 'Stephano', Catherine Duncan as 'Ceres', Lucie Florentine as 'Juno', Peter Forbes as 'Sebastian', John Griffiths as 'Trinculo', Sarah Knight as 'Ceres', Judith Paris as 'Iris', Kevin A J Ranson as 'Adrian', Paul Thornley as 'Francisco', Jonathan Hart, Guy Vincent, and Simon Nock.
Directed by Patrick Garland, with choreography by Amanda Holmes, designs by Simon Higlett, music by Denis King, and sound by Simon Whitehorn.
1999 - Adrian Noble
Previewed 17 December 1998, Opened 5 January 1999, Closed 4 March 1999 (in repertory) at the Barbican Theatre
The cast featured David Calder as 'Prospero', Penny Layden as 'Miranda', Scott Handy as 'Ariel', Robert Glenister as 'Caliban', David Henry as 'Antonio', Colin George as 'Alonso', Evroy Deer as 'Ferdinand', and Alfred Burke as 'Gonzalo', with Rowan MacCallum as 'Adrian', Lisa Reeves as 'Juno', Simon Scardifield as 'Francisco'/'Iris', Adrian Schiller as 'Trinculo', Barry Stanton as 'Stephano', John Straiton as 'Sebastian', Darren Ormandy, Paul Popplewell, Malcolm Scates, Darren Strange, Andrew Ufondu, and Madeleine Worrall.
Directed Adrian Noble, with movement by Ian Spink, designs by Anthony Ward, lighting by Howard Harrison, music by Stephen Warbeck, and sound by Paul Arditti.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
2000 - Vanessa Redgrave
Previewed 12 May 2000, Opened 26 May 2000, Closed 10 September 2000 (in repertory) at the Shakespeare's Globe
The cast featured Vanessa Redgrave as 'Prospero', Kananu Kirimi as 'Miranda', Jasper Britton as 'Caliban', Geraldine Alexander as 'Ariel'/'Ceres', Martin Turner as 'Antonio', Terry McGinity as 'Alonso', Will Keen as 'Ferdinand', and Robert McBain as 'Gonzalo', with Steven Alvey as 'Trinculo', Besa Berberi as 'Juno', Tas Emiabata as 'Adrian', Kate Fleetwood as 'Iris', Jonathan Oliver as 'Francisco', Sam Parks as 'Sebastian', Steffan Rhodri as 'Stefano', Victoria Nolan, and Jonathan Oliver.
Directed by Lenka Udovicki, with choreography by Laurie Booth, designs by Bjanka Ursulov, and music by Nigel Osborne.
2000 - Philip Voss
Opened 1 November 2000, 18 November 2000 at the Barbican Pit Theatre
The cast featured Philip Voss as 'Prospero', Nikki Amuka-Bird as 'Miranda', Zubin Varla as 'Caliban', Gilz Terera as 'Ariel', Nicholas Day as 'Antonio', Paul McCleary as 'Alonso', Oliver Dimsdale as 'Ferdinand', and Robert Langdon Lloyd as 'Gonzalo', with Antony Byrne as 'Sebastian', Ben Casey as 'Adrian', Hazel Holder as 'Iris', Julian Kerridge as 'Trinculo', James Saxon as 'Stephano', Sarah Quist as 'Juno', Thomas Aaron, Matthew Bailey, Barbara Gellhorn, and Michael O'Connor.
Directed by James Macdonald, with choreography by Peter Darling, sets by Jeremy Herbert, costumes by Kandis Cook, lighting by Nigel Edwards, music by Orlando Gough, and sound by Rebecca Watts.
Presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
This was the start of a touring production. The performances in London where all officially 'previews', with an 'official opening' later in the tour, out of London.
2000 - Ian McDiarmid
Previewed 7 December 2000, Opened 14 December 2000, Closed 17 February 2001 at the Almeida Theatre
The cast featured Ian McDiarmid as 'Prospero', Anna Livia Ryan as 'Miranda', Malcolm Storry as 'Caliban', Aiden Gillen as 'Ariel', Timothy Walker as 'Antonio', Bruce Alexander as 'Alonso', Ifan Meredith as 'Ferdinand', Roger Swaine as 'Gonzalo', with Alan David as 'Stephano', Adrian Scarborough as 'Trinculo', John Warnaby as 'Sebastian', Alexander Deng, Oliver Johnston, Dominic Kraemer, Callum Monaghan, Gregory Monk, Terry O'Brien, Ian Peck, George Ransley, Robert Shirley-Smith, , Nick Smith, and Matthew Tennyson.
Directed by Jonathan Kent, with designs by Paul Brown, lighting by Mark Henderson, music by Jonathan Dove, and sound by John A Leanard.
This was the last production at the Almeida Theatre before it was closed for major refurbishment, and a temporary theatre, located in a converted bus station at Omega Place, Caledonian Road, King's Cross, was used.
2002 - Michael Boyd
Previewed 19 April 2002, Opened 7 May 2002, Closed 22 June 2002 (in repertory) at the Roundhouse
The cast featured Malcolm Storry as 'Prospero', Sirine Saba as 'Miranda', Geff Francis as 'Caliban', Kananu Kirimi as 'Ariel'/'Iris', Brian Protheroe as 'Antonio', Keith Bartlett as 'Alonso', Alan Turkington as 'Ferdinand', Jerome Willis as 'Gonzalo', with Tom Beard as 'Sebastian', Dylan Charles as 'Adrian', Roger Frost as 'Stephano', James Garnon as 'Francisco', Simon Gregor as 'Trinculo', James Staddon as 'Juno', James Telfer as 'Ceres', Dan Crute, Gracy G Goldman, James Hyland, Fiona Lait, and Jami Quarrell.
Directed by Michael Boyd, with movement by Liz Ranken, aerial choreography by Gavin Marshall, designs by Tom Piper, lighting by Tina MacHugh, music by Craig Armstrong and John Woolf, and sound by Mic Pool.
2003 - Derek Jacobi
Previewed 16 January 2003, Opened 21 January 2003, Closed 15 March 2003 at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Derek Jacobi as 'Prospero', Claire Price as 'Miranda', Louise Hilyer as 'Caliban', Daniel Evans as 'Ariel', Michael Jenn as 'Antonio', Robert East as 'Alonso', Sam Callis as 'Ferdinand', and John Nettleton as 'Gonzalo', with Iain Robertson as 'Trinculo', Nigel Lindsay as 'Stephano', David Mara as 'Sebastian', Stuart Burt, Peter Bygott, Sophie Franklin, Colin Haigh, and Christian Mortimer.
Directed by Michael Grandage, choreography by Scarlett Mackmin, designs by Christopher Oram, lighting by Hartley T A Kemp, music by Julian Foster, and sound by Fergus O'Hare.
A transfer from the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.
2005 - Mark Rylance
Previewed 6 May 2005, Opened 18 May 2005, Closed 2 October 2005 (in repertory) at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The cast featured Mark Rylance as 'Prospero'/'Alonso'/'Stephano', Edward Hogg as 'Miranda'/'Ariel'/'Antonio'/'Trinculo', and Alex Hassell as 'Caliban'/'Ferdinand'/'Gonzalo'/'Sebastian'; with dancers: Liz Collier, Fiona Creese, and Sian Williams; and singers: Daniel Auchincloss, Benjamin Bevan, Robert MacDonald, William Missin, Faye Newton, William Purefoy, and Staurt Young.
Directed by Tim Carroll, with choreography by Sian Williams, movement by Glynn MacDonald, designs by Jenny Tiramani, and music by Claire Van Kampen.
2007 - Patrick Stewart
Previewed 22 February 2007, Opened 28 February 2007, Closed 24 March 2007 at the Novello Theatre
The Royal Shakespeare Company present Shakespeare's The Tempest in London starring Patrick Stewart
The cast featured Patrick Stewart as 'Prospero', Mariah Gale as 'Miranda', John Light as 'Caliban', Julian Bleach as 'Ariel', Ken Bones as 'Antonio', Finbar Lynch as 'Alonso', Nick Court as 'Ferdinand', and James Hayes as 'Gonzalo', with John Hopkins as 'Sebastian', Craig Gazey as 'Trinculo', Joseph Alessi as 'Stephano', Chris Jarman as 'Adrian', Edmund Kingsley as 'Francisco', Ravi Aujla, Paul Barnhill, Allyson Brown, Rob Carroll, Luke Neal, Golda Rosheuvel, David Rubin, and Emma Jay Thomas.
Directed by Rupert Goold, with choreography by Michael Ashcroft, sets by Giles Cadle, video by Lorna Heavey, costumes by Nicky Gilibrand, lighting by Paul Anderson, and music and sound by Adam Cork.
This production comes into London's West End following a season at the Royal Shakepeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon in August 2006.
Patrick Stewart's London stage credits include the roles of 'Mark Antony' in Gregory Doran's revival of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra at the Novello Theatre in 2007; 'Robert' in Lindsay Posner's revival of David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre at the Apollo Theatre in 2005; one-man show Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol at the Noel Coward Theatre in 2005; 'Halvard Solness' in Henrik Ibsen's The Master Builder at the Albery Theatre in 2003; 'George' in David Thacker's revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Young Vic Theatre in 1987; 'Duke Senior' in David Jones' revival of Shakespeare's As You Like It at the Aldwych Theatre in 1967; and 'Grumio' in Trevor Nunn's revival of Shakespeasre's The Taming of the Shrew at the at the Aldwych Theatre in 1967.
"Rupert Goold's production is high on concept and low on impact. The ambiguously modern setting is introduced at the outset, with a gale warning broadcast across a giant radio projected on a gauze cloth. A stormy sea is projected, while the mariners squeeze into a porthole-like space to act out the ship's sinking... But for all its clever visual conceits there is a fundamental lack of passion, of human purpose about the production. Goold hasn't found a way of creating a similar consistency from his actors, who are, frankly, all over the place... Patrick Stewart himself, a bit weak to begin with, gradually grew in stature until his great 'rough magic' speech, in which he really let rip, exorcising Prospero's own personal demons, while at the same time revelling in the reminiscence of his supernatural powers... Visually bold as this production is, it is also heartless and over conceptualised." The Daily Express
"Shakespeare's enchanted isle is a terrifying frozen wasteland in Rupert Goold's wildly imaginative RSC production... The ruler of this inhospitable realm is Patrick Stewart's mesmerising Prospero, whose 'magic garment' is here animal skins and a reindeer skull. Stewart gives a rivetingly complex performance... He is an intensely touching father who, dabbing a moistened handkerchief to the cheek of his daughter, Mariah Gale's witty, wondering Miranda, tenderly prepares her for her first encounter with Ferdinand. He is also despotic, and capable of childish spite, gleefully spilling into Caliban's food bowl. Finally, as he flings his staff into the burning wreck of his log-cabin home, constructed from the timbers of foundered ships, he is desperately moving." The Times
"The Tempest may be a play of magic and sprites but it is also full of cruelty and madness. It is the latter Rupert Goold emphasises in this radical, bold and invigorating production. It's also chock-full of special effects and anarchic cultural references... Patrick Stewart's superb Prospero is anguished and unhinged, with a malevolent umbilical connection to Ariel, whom he fears as strongly as he later mourns when Ariel finally leaves him. Stewart even suggests that Prospero is the most trapped and tormented character in this cast of the enslaved and anguished... Amid the tricks, there's a pervading, gutsy, almost Beckettian dislocation at work here that blows away the layers of accumulated fairy dust." The Metro
RSC's The Tempest in London at the Novello Theatre previewed from 22 February 2007, opened on 28 February 2007 and closed on 24 March 2007.
2008 - Tara Arts
Previewed 9 January 2008, Opened 10 January 2008, Closed 27 January 2008 at the Arts Theatre
The cast featured Robert Mountford as 'Prospero'/'Trinculo', Jessica Manley as 'Miranda'/'Alonzo', Keith Thorne as 'Caliban'/'Gonzalo', Caroline Fitzpatrick as 'Ariel', Tom Kanji as 'Antonio'/'Stephano', and Chris Jack as 'Ferdinand'/'Sebastian'.
Directed by Jatinder Verma, with choreography by Veena Ramphal, designs by Claudia Mayer, video and lighting by Jvan Morandi, and sound by Kimberly Egan.
Touring production presented by Tara Arts.
2008 - Stephen Dillane CANCELLED
May / June 2008 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Stephen Dillane as 'Prospero', other cast not announced before cancellation.
Directed by Sam Mendes.
Due to be presented by The Bridge Project in repertory with Hamlet, but was cancelled before booking opened when Stephen Dillane pulled out for personal reasons arising from family illness. The production was staged two years later - see below.
2010 - Stephen Dillane and Christian Camargo
Previewed 18 June 2010, Opened 23 June 2010, Closed 21 August 2010 (in repertory) at the Old Vic Theatre
The cast featured Stephen Dillane as 'Prospero', Juliet Rylance as 'Miranda', Ron Cephas Jones as 'Caliban', Christian Camargo as 'Ariel', Michael Thomas as 'Antonio', Jonathan Lincoln Fried as 'Alonso', Edward Bennett as 'Ferdinand', Alvin Epstein as 'Gonzalo', with Ashlie Atkinson as 'Juno', Jenni Barber as 'Ceres', Michelle Beck as 'Iris', Richard Hansell as 'Sebastian', Aaron Krohn as 'Adrian', Anthony O'Donnell as 'Trinculo', Thomas Sadoski as 'Stephano', and Ross Walton.
Prior to tickets going on sale it was anounced that Anne-Marie Duff, who was expected to play 'Ariel' in this production, had withdrawn due to illness in her family.
Directed by Sam Mendes, with choreography by Josh Prince, sets by Tom Piper and Tom Watson, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Mark Bennett, and sound by Simon Baker.
Presented by 'The Bridge Project' in repertory with As You Like It. This production was staged at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater in New York where it previewed from 14 February 2010, opened on 24 February 2010 and closed on 13 March 2010.
Stephen Dillane's London stage credits include the title role in Michael Blakemore's production of Hannie Rayson's Life After George at the Duchess Theatre in 2002; 'Henry' in David Leveaux's revival of Tom Stoppard Real Thing at the Albery Theatre in 2000; the title role in Katie Mitchell's revival of Anton Chekov's Uncle Vanya, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the Young Vic Theatre in 1998; 'Clov' in Kate Mitchell's revival of Samuel Beckett's Endgame at the Donmar Warehouse in 1996; 'Edmund Tyrone' in Howard Davies' revival of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey Into Night at the National Theatre's Lyttelton Theatre in 1991; and 'Gerry' in Patrick Mason's production of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa at the Phoenix Theatre in 1991.
"The Tempest starts feebly, more like a light shower in Pinner than a wild sea storm amid the vex'd Bermoothes... Stephen Dillane is Prospero, bumbling about and muttering, projecting his voice with all the clarity of a man playing the back end of a pantomime horse. I was near enough to catch most lines, but if you find yourself further back you'll miss entire speeches... Dillane is not so much a mysterious magus as a faintly incompetent GP, or a kindly, bearded, absent-minded English teacher... This is a tedious and muddled Tempest, woefully lacking in lyricism, strangeness and beauty... It's often said that The Tempest is better read than performed. While a good production triumphantly refutes this, it is undoubtedly true here." The Sunday Times
"There are many good things about Sam Mendes's Tempest. As Miranda, who too often simpers, Juliet Rylance conveys a sexy womanhood. Christian Camargo plays Ariel as an ethereal weirdo with a suit but no shirt and trousers... Ron Cephas Jones, a black man cast in the role of the colonised Caliban, brings nobility and historical resonance to a role too often conceived as a grotesque. Most importantly, Stephen Dillane has created a magnetic Prospero - powerful yet flawed, a doting father able to rejoice in his daughter's womanhood, an opportunistic magician flying by the seat of his pants to win back his dukedom. Or at least, that's what I can tell you about the parts of his performance I could hear. So lowkey and introspective is Dillane's delivery that, sat back six rows from the stage, I could barely pick out whole chunks of what he was saying." The Sunday Telegraph
The Bridge Project is an unprecedented three-year, transatlantic partnership uniting The Old Vic Theatre in London with The Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York, and Neal Street Productions. Each year a single Anglo/American company will perform a double-bill of classic works in repertory at both the Brooklyn Academy of Music and at The Old Vic Theatre, and make at least one other international visit. The project is borne out of the group's shared desire to produce large-scale, classical theatre for international audiences. The Project started in 2009 when Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard where presented. Now, for the Project's second year in 2010, two of Shakespeare's play will be performed - The Tempest and As You Like It. The Bridge Project was originally due to start in 2008 with Shakespeare's Hamlet and The Tempest with a company lead by Stephen Dillane but was postponed by a year when Stephen Dillane withdrew "due to personal reasons arising from family reasons."
The Bridge Project: The Tempest in London at the Old Vic Theatre previewed from 18 June 2010, opened on 23 June 2010 and closed on 21 August 2010
2011 - Cheek by Jowl in Russian
Previewed 7 April 2011, Opened 8 April 2011, Closed 16 April 2011 at the Silk Steet Theatre at the Guildhall School, Barbican Centre
Performed in Russian with English surtitles.
The cast featured Igor Yasulovich as 'Prospero', Anya Khalilulina as 'Miranda', Alexander Feklistov as 'Caliban', Andrey Kuzichev as 'Ariel', Evgeny Samarin as 'Antonio', Mikhail Zhigalov as 'Alonso', Yan Ilves as 'Ferdinand', and Alexander Lenkov as 'Gonzalo', with Ilia Ilin as 'Trinculo', Sergey Koleshyna as 'Stephano', Pavel Kuzmin as 'Sebastian', Vadim Norshtein as 'Francisco', Sergey Zaitsev as 'Adrian', Gela Meskhi, and Maxim Onishcheno.
Directed by Declan Donnellan, with designs by Nick Ormerod, choreopgraphy by Konstantin Mishin, lighting by Kristina Hjelm, and music by Dmitry Volkov.
Performed by Cheek by Jowl and Chekhov International Festival.
2011 - Ralph Fiennes and Nicholas Lyndhurst
Previewed 27 August 2011, Opened 6 September 2011, Closed 29 October 2011 at the Haymarket Theatre
The cast featured Ralph Fiennes as 'Prospero', Elisabeth Hopper as 'Miranda', Giles Terera as 'Caliban', Tom Byam Shaw as 'Ariel', Julian Wadham as 'Antonio', James Simmons as 'Alonso', Michael Benz as 'Ferdinand', and Andrew Jarvis as 'Gonzalo', with Jim Creighton as 'Adrian', Ian Drysdale as 'Francisco', Nicholas Lyndhurst as 'Trinculo', Chris Andrew Mellon as 'Sebastian', Clive Wood as 'Stephano', Steven Butler, Eke Chukwu, Meline Danielewicz, Gisele Edwards, Hayley Ellenbrook, Grahame Fox, Charlie Hamblett, Itxaso Moreno, and Jami Reid-Quarrell.
Directed by Trevor Nunn, with designs by Stephen Brimson Lewis, lighting by Paul Pyant, music by Shaun Davey, and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Ralph Fiennes' London theatre credits include the roles of 'Alain Reille' in Yasmina Reza's God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre in 2008; the title role in Adrian Noble's revival of Henrik Ibsen's Brand at the Haymarket Theatre in 2003; the title role of 'Nikolai Ivanov' in Jonathan Kent's revival of Anton Chekhov's Ivanov at the Almeida Theatre in 1997; and 'Romeo' in Declan Donnellan's revival of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in 1986.
"This is The Tempest imagined as mystical enchantment... At the centre, or rather to the side, Ralph Fiennes’ weary, scholarly Prospero watches, not so much controlling events as resigning himself to their inevitability... this is a tender, paternalistic Prospero poignantly over-burdened by his own mortality in a production particularly concerned with the passing of time... Nunn’s redemptive view of the play, in which Prospero finally embraces his scheming brothers, is clogged with sentimentality. There’s a lovely comic turn from Nicholas Lyndhurst as the inebriated Trinculo, while Giles Terera’s haunted Caliban is beautifully responsive to the isle’s strange poetry." The Metro
"Ralph Fiennes, who sounds as good as he looks, is the reason for seeing this production and while the rest of the performances are fine, they are at their best when engaged with this soulful Prospero. He brings out the humanity of even the most vicious characters... But not everything is pure magic. The sprite Ariel is played by a trio of actors but Tom Byam Shaw, flitting about as light as air, would be enough. And the masque to celebrate Miranda's wedding is enchanting until one of the goddesses begins speaking with a jarring Eastern European accent. Never mind, Fiennes is a piercing triumph and his is a truly spell-binding performance." The Mail on Sunday
The Tempest in London at the Haymarket Theatre previewed from 27 August 2011, opened on 6 September 2011 and closed on 29 October 2011.
Dhaka Theatre, in Bengali
Opened 7 May 2012, Closed 8 May 2012 at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
Performed in Bengali.
The cast featured Pijush Bandopadhaya as 'Prospero', Esha Yousuf as 'Miranda', Md. Matius Shams as 'Caliban', Shimul Yousuf as 'Ariel', Rafiqul Islam as 'Antonio', Shahiduzzaman Selim Khan as 'Alonso', Khairul Islam Pakhi as 'Ferdinand', and Chowdhury Rubayet Ahmed as 'Gonzalo', with Shajjad Ahmed as 'Sebastian', Kamal Bayzid as 'Stephano', Samiun Jahan as 'Trinculo', Bidhan Chandra Singha, and Nil Moni Singha.
Directed by Nasir Uddin Yousuff
Presented for two performances only by Dhaka Theatre from Dhaka, Bangladesh as part of the 'Globe-to-Globe' Season when 37 international theatre companies presented every one of Shakespeare's plays in a different language over a six week period.
2012 - Jonathan Slinger
Previewed 9 June 2012, Opened 14 June 2012, Closed 5 July 2012 (in repertory) at the Roundhouse
The cast featured Jonathan Slinger as 'Prospero', Emily Taaffe as 'Miranda', Amer Hlehel as 'Caliban', Sandy Grierson as 'Ariel', Jonathan McGuinness as 'Antonio', Kevin McMonagle as 'Alonso', Solomon Israel as 'Ferdinand', and Nicholas Day as 'Gonzalo', with Sarah Belcher as 'Ceres', Kirsty Bushell as 'Sebastian', Stephen Hagan as 'Francisco', Felix Hayes as 'Trinculo', Bruce Mackinnon as 'Stephano', Cecilia Noble as 'Juno', Amie Burns Walker as 'Iris', Sargon Yelda as 'Adrian', Ankur Bahl, and Jan Knightley.
Directed by David Farr, with choreography by Fin Walker, designs by Jon Bausor, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Adem Ilhan, and sound by Christopher Shutt.
2013 - Roger Allam
Previewed 23 April 2013, Opened 2 May 2013, Closed 18 August 2013 (in repertory) at the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
The cast featured Roger Allam as 'Prospero', Jessie Buckley as 'Miranda', James Garnon as 'Caliban', Colin Morgan as 'Ariel', Jason Baughan as 'Antonio', Peter Hamilton Dyer as 'Alonso', Joshua James as 'Ferdinand', and Pip Donaghy as 'Gonzalo', with Sam Cox as 'Stephano', Trevor Fox as 'Trinculo', Will Mannering as 'Sebastian', Sarah Sweeney as 'Iris', and Amanda Wilkin as 'Ceres'.
Directed by Jeremy Herrin, with designs by Max Jones, and music by Stephen Warbeck.
2016 - Dominic Dromgoole
Previewed 17 February 2016, Opened 24 February 2016, Closed 22 April 2016 at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at the Shakespeare's Globe
The cast featured Tim McMullan as 'Prospero', Phoebe Pryce as 'Miranda', Fisayo Akinade as 'Caliban', Pippa Nixon as 'Ariel', Brendan O'Hea as 'Antonio', Paul Rider as 'Alonso', Dharmesh Patel as 'Ferdinand', and Joseph Marcell as 'Gonzalo', with Trevor Fox as 'Stephano', Darren Kuppan as 'Adrian', Christopher Logan as 'Sebastian', Dominic Rowan as 'Trinculo', Tika Peucelle as 'Iris', and Sid Sagar as 'Ceres'/'Francisco'.
Directed by Dominic Dromgoole, with choreography by Sian Williams, designed by Jonathan Fensom, and music by Stephen Warbeck.
Presented in repertory with The Winter's Tale.
2016 - Harriet Walter
Previewed 23 September 2016, Opened 30 September 2016, Closed 15 December 2016 at the Donmar King's Cross (now demolished)
The cast featured Harriet Walter as 'Prospero', Leah Harvey as 'Miranda', Sophie Stanton as 'Caliban', Jade Anouka as 'Ariel', Carolina Valdés as 'Antonio', Martina Laird as 'Alonso', Sheila Atim as 'Ferdinand', and Zainab Hasan as 'Gonzalo', with Jackie Clune as 'Stefano', Shiloh Coke as 'Sebastian', and Karen Dunbar as 'Trinculo.
Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, with movement by Ann Yee, designs by Chloe Lamford, video by Duncan McLean, lighting by James Farncombe, music by Joan Armatrading, and sound by Tom Gibbons.
Presented in repertory by the Donmar Warehouse as part of an all-female 'Shakespeare Trilogy', along with Julius Caesar and Henry IV, at a temporary 420-seat in-the-round theatre located at King’s Boulevard in King's Cross.