Ustinov Studio Deborah Warner presents

The Tempest

Written by William Shakespeare; Directed by Deborah Warner
  • 1 July - 6 August
The Tempest

Event Information

Monday - Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm (not Sat 2 or Thurs 7 July)

Press Night Thursday 7 July 7pm

Fri 1 Jul — Sat 6 Aug

“Be not afeard. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight, and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears, and sometime voices,
That if I then had waked after long sleep
Will make me sleep again; and then in dreaming
The clouds methought would open and show riches
Ready to drop upon me, that when I waked
I cried to dream again..”
Caliban Act 3, Sc 2

Set on an enchanted island Shakespeare’s last play deals with magic, love, treachery, transformations, transmutations, the visible and the invisible. In Caliban, Ariel, and of course Prospero, Shakespeare created three of his most memorable and enigmatic characters. As with all his ‘late plays’, man’s complex and troubled journey from the desire for revenge to the path of mercy is centre stage. When Prospero takes his enemies hostage, the path is set for a traditional revenge drama, but instead ends in redemption, restoration and renewal.

Deborah Warner’s previous Shakespeare productions include Julius Caesar at the Barbican and across Europe, which starred Simon Russell Beale and Ralph Fiennes; productions of King Lear starring Glenda Jackson and Brian Cox in the title role; and ground breaking production of Richard II in which Fiona Shaw played the title role. Deborah Warner will be joined by some of Europe’s finest creative talent, including designer Christof Hetzer whose opera designs have been seen around the world, including Tosca at the National Opera de Paris, Rigoletto in Vienna, Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman in Malmo and Eurydice for De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam.

Lighting Designer Jean Kalman was born in Paris in 1945 and since 1979 has created the lighting for countless theatre and opera productions in France, Japan, Great Britain, Holland, Brussels, Italy and New York. He has worked with numerous directors including Peter Brook and worked extensively with the late artist Christian Boltanski. Sound Designer Mel Mercier began his illustrious theatre career with Deborah Warner and Fiona Shaw’s Medea at the Abbey Court in Dublin and has since worked across the UK and on Broadway.

Friday 1 July – Saturday 6 August 2022

Evenings 7.30pm

Tickets £36.50 / £24.50 discounts

A booking fee of £2.50 per ticket applies


Dickie Beau                 –           Ariel

Gary Sefton                 –           Stephano

William Chubb            –           Gonzalo

Stephen Kennedy        –           Trinculo

Nicholas Woodeson    –           Prospero

Pierro Niel-Mee          –           Ferdinand

Edward Hogg              –           Caliban

Derek Hutchinson       –           Alonso

Tanvi Virmani             –           Miranda

Natalie Winsor            –           Francisca

Finbar Lynch                –           Antonio

Luke Mullins                –           Sebastian

…                                 –           Adrian

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Director Deborah Warner
Designer Christof Hetzer
Lighting Designer Jean Kalman
Sound Designer & Composer Mel Mercier

The Ustinov foyer and bar are open from one hour prior to the performance.

Doors open approximately 15 minutes prior to the performance unless otherwise stated.

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets CAN  be shown on smartphones or tablets upon entry

The Box Office at the Ustinov Studio is open from approximately 30 minutes prior to each performance.

There is a lift from the Foyer to the Stalls level of the Ustinov Studio. Access to the Circle level is by stair access only.

Full terms and conditions for ticket bookings can be found here