About The Tempest

Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
Booking to 29 October 2011
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One of the highlights of this year’s theatrical calendar, Trevor Nunn directs Ralph Fiennes in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

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Booking to 29 October 2011

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Theatre Royal Haymarket, 8 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4HT
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo, Piccadilly), Leicester Square (Northern, Piccadilly)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 40, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176

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Full Casting Announced For Trevor Nunn’s produciton Of The Tempest
Full Casting Announced For Trevor Nunn’s produciton Of The Tempest
Joining Ralph Fiennes, who leads the company as Prospero in Trevor Nunn’s Theatre Royal Haymarket Company production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, 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 Tempest, the third production in the Trevor Nunn Season, previews at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 27 August, with press night on 6 September and is booking until 29 October 2011. Set and costume designs are by Stephen Brimson Lewis, with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and music by Shaun Davey. The Tempest is produced by the Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Duncan C Weldon, Paul Elliott & Terri and Timothy Childs. 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. Ralph Fiennes was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket playing the title role in Brand. His extensive theatre credits include the title role in Oedipus and Jung in The Talking Cure for the National Theatre, Faith Healer at Dublin’s Gate Theatre and on Broadway, God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre, Julius Caesar at the Barbican and on tour as well as many productions for the Almeida Theatre including the title roles in Hamlet, Ivanov, Richard II and Coriolanus, and, for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Edmund in King Lear, Henry VI in The Plantagenets, and Troilus in Troilus and Cressida. His multi award-winning film career includes The Constant Gardner, Sunshine and Schindler’s List, as well as the English Patient, The Duchess, End of the Affair, Quiz Show and The Reader. More recently he made his mark as one of literature’s most terrifying villains, the evil Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter series of films and was nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe for his performance in HBO’s bio-pic Bernard and Doris. In 2009 he filmed roles in Clash of the Titans, Cemetery Junction, Nanny McPhee 2 and the final instalments of the Harry Potter films. In 2010 he directed and starred in a feature film of Shakespeare’s tragedy, Coriolanus which he also produced. The film was invited to premiere In Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival and will open at the end of 2011. Nicholas Lyndhurst is best known for his roles in the award-winning BBC series Only Fools and Horses and Goodnight Sweetheart. His other television credits include Butterflies, The Two of Us, The Piglet Files, Gulliver’s Travels, After You’ve Gone and, most recently, Rock and Chips. His theatre credits include Straight & Narrow at the Aldwych Theatre, The Foreigner for the Albery Theatre, Harding’s Luck for Greenwich Theatre andTrial Run at the Oxford Playhouse. Most recently he received great critical acclaim when he starred as Norman in Ronald Harwood’s The Dresser at the Duke of York’s Theatre. His film credits include Endless Nights, Bequest To The Nation, Bullshot, Gunbus and Lassie. Tom Byam Shaw graduated from Guildhall in 2010. His theatre credits include Salome for Hampstead Theatre and Les Parents Terribles for the Donmar Warehouse at the Trafalgar Studios. His film credits include Grand Street directed by Lex Sidon. His television credits include A Room with a View and The Bill. Elisabeth Hopper returns to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to play Miranda having made her professional stage debut playing a courtier in Trevor Nunn’s current production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Chris Andrew Mellon is currently playing The Player in Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. His other recent theatre credits include Aspects of Love, directed by Trevor Nunn and La Cage aux Folles, directed by Terry Johnson, both for the Menier Chocolate Factory. He was a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company for two years, appearing in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Complete History of America both at the Criterion Theatre. Julian Wadham’s West End theatre credits include That Face at the Duke of York’s Theatre and Plenty at the Albery Theatre. He has worked extensively for the National Theatre, most recently playing Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing. For the Royal Court his many credits include Serious Money. His film roles include Madox in Anthony Minghella's The English Patient, William Pitt in Nicholas Hytner's The Madness of King George as well as Keep the Aspidistra Flying, Maurice, The Secret Agent and Wah Wah as well as the forthcoming War Horse and Iron Lady. His numerous television credits include Foyles War, My Boy Jack and Downton Abbey. Clive Wood was last at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in Trevor Nunn’s production of Flare Path. His extensive list of credits for the Royal Shakespeare Company includes the title role in Henry IV as well as Bolingbroke in Richard II, Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Claudius in Hamlet and MacDuff in Macbeth. On television his credits include Land Girls and Waking the Dead and on film, Treasure Island and Buster. Trevor Nunn was the longest-serving Artistic Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Shakespeare Company (1968 to 1986). During that time he directed most of the Shakespeare canon, as well as Nicholas Nickleby and Les Misérables. He returned to the RSC to direct King Lear and The Seagull. From 1997 to 2003 he was Director of the National Theatre where his 21 productions included award-winning revivals of Troilus and Cressida, The Merchant of Venice, Summerfolk and The Cherry Orchard, as well as Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Anything Goes. He has directed the world premieres of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, The Coast of Utopia and Rock 'n' Roll, and of Cats, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard and The Woman in White by Andrew Lloyd Webber. His more recent theatre work includes Hamlet and Richard II at The Old Vic, Timon of Athens and Skellig for the Young Vic, The Lady From the Sea for the Almeida, Scenes from a Marriage for the Belgrade, Coventry, A Little Night Music for the Menier Chocolate Factory, in the West End and on Broadway, Cyrano de Bergerac for Chichester Festival Theatre, Inherit the Wind for The Old Vic and Birdsong at the Comedy Theatre. Previously, as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket Season Trevor Nunn has directed Flare Path and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Masterclass Since Masterclass was created in 1998, it has established itself as the leading provider of free training for young people interested in engaging with and being inspired by theatre. Masterclass runs a year round programme of talks, workshops, special projects, career advice sessions, showcases and performance opportunities for 14 - 30 year olds. Its unique apprentice scheme gives anyone aged 17-30 unprecedented opportunities to work on Theatre Royal Haymarket Company productions allowing emerging theatre makers to gain further insight into all aspects of theatre from acting and design to directing, producing or a career backstage, with masters of the craft. During the run of The Tempest, three apprentices from Masterclass will shadow members of the creative team. Masterclass will also be holding a Gala Performance of The Tempest on 15 September 2011. This fundraising gala supports the Theatre Royal Haymarket Masterclass Trust enabling them to continue their work with young people of all backgrounds and allowing them to continue to inspire and empower young people to achieve their full potential through theatre. Tickets for this Gala are from £100 - £250. For more information please visit http://www.masterclass.org.uk/ Release issued by Premier PR LINKS Book tickets to The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Ralph Fiennes
Last Chance To See The Critically Acclaimed Flare Path Directed By Trevor Nunn
Last Chance To See The Critically Acclaimed Flare Path Directed By Trevor Nunn
The final performance of Trevor Nunn’s critically acclaimed production of Terence Rattigan’s Flare Path is on Saturday 11 June 2011. Flare Path, which opened on 14 March, recouped after 6 weeks, and was extended due to public demand, is the first production in Nunn’s role as Artistic Director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket. In Rattigan’s centenary year, Flare Path was the first of several major revivals of his plays in London and beyond, including Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic, a new film of The Deep Blue Sea, a season of his films at the BFI, a special display at the British Library, BBC radio productions and the publication of new editions of his work. Set and costumes are by Stephen Brimson Lewis with lighting by Paul Pyant, sound by Paul Groothuis and projection design by Jack James. Flare Path is produced by Matthew Byam Shaw for Playful Productions, Theatre Royal Haymarket Company, Act Productions Ltd and Tom McKitterick. The cast comprises Joe Armstrong (Dusty), Jim Creighton (Wiggy Jones), Sarah Crowden (Mrs.Oakes), Mark Dexter (Count Skriczevinsky), Harry Hadden-Paton (Teddy), Emma Handy (Maudie), Sienna Miller (Patricia), James Purefoy (Peter), Sheridan Smith (Doris), Matthew Tennyson (Percy) and Clive Wood (Swanson). It is 1942. At the Falcon Hotel, on the edge of an airfield in Lincolnshire, Teddy, a young bomber pilot is celebrating a reunion with his actress wife Patricia. Events take an unexpected turn, when Peter a famous heartthrob film star arrives, and an urgent bombing mission over Germany is ordered. As the night gives way to dawn, Patricia finds herself at the centre of a passionate conflict of love and loyalty as unpredictable as the war in the skies. Following Flare Path, a further two productions will be directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal Haymarket. After a three week run at the Chichester Festival Theatre, Nunn’s production of Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead starring Samuel Barnett, Jamie Parker and Tim Curry will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket from 16 June – 20 August, with press night on 21 June 2011, followed by William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, starring Ralph Fiennes, which will run from 27 August to 29 October, with press night on 06 September 2011. Release issued by: Premier PR LINKS Book tickets to Flare Path at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London
Ralph Fiennes cast in Trevor Nunn’s The Tempest at the Haymarket
Ralph Fiennes cast in Trevor Nunn’s The Tempest at the Haymarket
Trevor Nunn has cast stage and screen actor Ralph Fiennes as Prospero in his new production of The Tempest. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Ralph Fiennes to star in The Tempest at the Haymarket"][/caption] The play will run as part of Nunn's first season as artistic director of the Theatre Royal Haymarket, which launched with his acclaimed new production of Terence Rattigan's Flare Path starring Sienna Miller, Sheridan Smith and James Purefoy. The Tempest will run from 27 August 2011 for ten weeks. Preceding this will be a transfer of the Chichester Festival Theatre's Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead (16 June - 20 August 2011), also directed by Nunn. Tom Stoppard's play will feature two of the stars of Alan Bennett's The History Boys - Samuel Barnett, who stars in sitcom Beautiful People, and Jamie Parker (Valkyrie), along with stage and screen actor Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) as the Player King. Fiennes was last seen on the London stage in 2008 in Oedipus at the National Theatre. His other stage credits include Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway and Julius Caesar at the Barbican. His extensive film work includes starring and directing Coriolanus, Oscar nominations for The English Patient and Schindler's List, and BAFTA nominations for The Constant Gardener and The End of the Affair. He also plays Lord Voldemort in the Harry Potter franchise and will shortly start filming the new James Bond movie, directed by Sam Mendes. TICKETS Book tickets to The Tempest at the Theatre Royal Haymarket starring Ralph Fiennes Ralph Fiennes: Stage Timeline 1985: Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Ring Round The Moon at the Open Air Theatre 1986: Night and Day and See How They Run at Theatr Clwyd; Me Mam Sez, Don Quixote and Cloud Nine at the Oldham Coliseum; Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Open Air Theatre 1987-1988: Six Characters in Search of an Author, Fathers and Sons and Ting Tang Mine at the National Theatre 1988 - 1991: The Plantagenets, Much Ado about Nothing, King John, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Playing with Trains, Troilus and Cressida, King Lear and Love's Labour's Lost at the RSC 1995: Hamlet at the Hackney Empire and on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award 1997: Ivanov at the Almeida 2000: Coriolanus and Richard II at the Gainsborough Film Studios and in New York 2001: The Play What I Wrote at the Wyndham's Theatre 2003: Brand at the RSC; The Talking Cure at the National Theatre 2005: Julius Caesar at the Barbican 2006: Faith Healer at the Gate Theatre Dublin and Broadway 2007: First Love at the Sydney Festival 2008: Oedipus at the National Theatre; God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre  

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