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“Open air theatre as it should be and at its very, very best.” BBC

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest.

My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.

12 years ago, Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his brother washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter, Miranda. A place where his magical powers reign supreme and the only inhabitants of the island, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. In this strange new kingdom, he is left to brood.

Be not afeared. The isle is full of noises,

Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

Now his enemies, his brother Antonio, who supplanted him as Duke, and Alonso, King of Naples, whilst sailing home are blown, by fortune, off course towards him. Prospero raises a tempestuous storm that shipwrecks them. Scattered across the island the boat’s passengers are tested and tormented as they are magically drawn towards their fate. Left to plot his revenge for years Prospero finally has the chance to exact it. But will he?

This play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”

Bring a chair and a picnic, and spend a glorious summer evening watching this enchanting, fast-paced production of one of Shakespeare’s finest plays. Performed in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance. This is undoubtedly one of the hottest tickets of the summer; book early to avoid missing out!

Cast list

Simon Jenkins
Miranda, Sebastian

Danann McAleer

Duncan Mitchell
Gonzalo, Stephano, Iris

Lukas Lee
Alonso, Trinculo, Ceres

William Pennington
Ariel, Boatswain

Reece Richardson
Caliban, Master, Juno, Spirit

Ronnie Yorke
Ferdinand, Antonio

Simon Jenkins

Simon trained at The Manchester School of Theatre

Recent theatre credits include: War Horse (West End / National Theatre), Not About Heroes (Trafalgar Studios), Edward II (Manchester Royal Exchange)

Danann McAleer

Danann trained at The Bristol Old Vic Theatre School

Recent theatre credits include: The Comedy of Errors (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men), King Lear (Bristol Old Vic), Don Quixote (The English Concert)

Duncan Mitchell

Duncan trained at Guildford School of Acting

Recent theatre credits include: Richard III (Barons Court Theatre), Between A Man & A Woman (Lion & Unicorn), Time and the Conways (Electric Theatre)

Lukas Lee

Lukas trained at Guildford School of Acting

Recent theatre credits include:  A Christmas Carol (Split Second Productions), Not Dead Enough (UK and Ireland tour), Twelfth Night (The Lord Chamberlain’s Men)

William Pennington

William trained at Rose Bruford College

Recent theatre credits include: Treasure Island (New Vic Theatre), The Lost Ones (Bush Theatre R&D), Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate)

Reece Richardson

Reece trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama

Recent theatre credits include: Up ‘n’ Under, Oh! What a Lovely War (Oldham Coliseum), The Tempest (Stafford Gatehouse Theatre)

Ronnie Yorke

Ronnie trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts

Recent theatre credits include: Will or Eight lost years of Young William Shakespeare’s life (Rose Playhouse). Credits whilst training include: Richard III (Sam Wanamaker Festival, The Globe), On The Razzle (Avondale Theatre)

Creative Team

Director: Peter Stickney

Set and Costume Designer: Morgan Brind

Musical Director: Alex Beetschen

Choreography: Darren Royston

Costume Design and Supervision: Polly Laurence

Costume Maker: Planet Costume Services

Set Construction: Splinter Scenery

Voice coach: Jacquie Crago

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