The Tempest – RSC at the Barbican

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The Royal Shakespeare Company’s acclaimed production of The Tempest transfers to London for a limited seven week run at the Barbican this summer.

Simon Russell Beale plays Prospero in this ground-breaking production directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

The Tempest will run from 30 June 2017 until 18 August 2017 at the Barbican.


On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation. But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island. Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will.

When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him. Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore. When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.


The cast features Simon Russell Beale.


Directed by Gregory Doran with design by Stephen Brimson Lewis, digital character creation Imaginarium Studios, video Finn Ross, lighting Simon Spencer, music Paul Englishby, sound Jeremy Dunn & Andrew Franks, movement Lucy Cullingford.


★★★★★ “State-of-the-art stagecraft” Financial Times
★★★★ “Simon Russell Beale’s superb Prospero” Guardian
★★★★ “The visuals are true to the hype of a breathtaking order” Daily Telegraph

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