The Tempest 1988 - 1989

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There is something very modern about this character who is desperately learning to forgive.

Prospero is learning how to deal with the fact that reality is not how he would like it to be; and he has lived in a very controlled universe and he is trying to break free of that.

He has got to sort out the relationship with his daughter, his relationship with his environment and his relationship with himself.

He must learn how to forgive, and the play is about someone screaming noisily trying to learn how to forgive and leaving the world of revenge behind him. It’s a very anarchic play.

-Declan Donnellan, Artistic Director, on The Tempest


O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! / How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, /That has such people in’t.



Produced by Cheek by Jowl. The first performance of The Tempest was on 11th August 1988, at the Villa Communale in Taormina, Italy.

Venue City Country Dates No. of Performances
Villa Communale Taormina Italy 11/08/88 3
Brewhouse Theatre Taunton UK 30/09/88 3
Wilde Theatre Bracknell UK 04/10/88 4
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds UK 10/10/88 4
Gardner Castle Brighton UK 17/10/88 5
Arts Theatre Cambridge UK 27/10/88 2
Townsgate Theatre Basildon UK 31/10/88 4
Theatre Royal Winchester UK 07/11/88 5
Arts Centre Coventry UK 14/11/88 5
Donmar Warehouse London UK 22/11/88 28
Victoria Theatre Singapore Singapore 21/01/89 3
Aud Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur Malaysia 27/01/89 3
New Fortune Theatre Perth Australia 06/02/89 7
The Swan Stratford Upon Avon UK 21/02/89 4
Norske Teatret Oslo Norway 07/03/89 3
National Theatre Prague Czech Republic 13/03/89 2
National Theatre Bratislava Slovakia 18/03/89 1
Teatrul Nacional Bucharest Romania 23/03/89 3
Devlet Tiyatrosu Istanbul Turkey 31/03/89 2
Devlet Tiyatrosu Ankara Turkey 05/04/89 2
Timothy WalkerProspero
Cecilia NobleMiranda
Charlie RoeAntonio
Anne WhiteThe Queen of Naples
Lloyd OwenFerdinand
Dale RapleySebastian
Trevor BaxterGonzalo
Paterson JosephAdrian
Keith BartlettStephano
Michael JennTrinculo
Peter DarlingAriel
Duncan DuffCaliban

DirectorDeclan Donnellan
DesignerNick Ormerod
MusicPaddy Cunneen
Lighting DesignersNick Ormerod & Steve Rate
Assistant DirectorDeclan Hughes
ChoreographerSara van Beers
VoicePatsy Rodenburg

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