Main House Michael Pennington

The Tempest

by William Shakespeare, directed by Tom Littler
  • 7 - 11 April
The Tempest

Event Information

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Showing from Tue 7 — Sat 11 Apr

One of Britain’s best-known classical actors, Michael Pennington, returns to Bath to play Prospero in Shakespeare’s final play.

The stranger and his daughter live alone on a remote island. Some people say he’s an artist. Others say he practises magic. But today is different. Prospero spots his oldest enemies passing close by in a fragile boat, and he conjures up a storm that will change all their lives forever. Shipwrecked on an enchanted island, surrounded by unfamiliar sights and sounds, Prospero’s lifelong foes are defenceless against the magician’s craft. But now he has the chance to take revenge at last, how will Prospero act?

Michael Pennington is one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of is generation, an Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and co-founder of the English Shakespeare Company. A four-time Olivier Award nominee, his numerous roles include Lear, Hamlet, Richard II, Henry V, Macbeth, Leontes, Antony and Coriolanus.

He is joined by an outstanding cast including Lynn Farleigh (Wycliffe, Pride and Prejudice, Fall of Eagles), Peter Bramhill (The Woman in Black, the Ustinov Studio’s Spanish Golden Age Season), Richard Derrington (Cabaret, King Lear, Mark Hebden in The Archers), Jim Findley (Our Town, For Services Rendered) and Whitney Kehinde (Twelfth Night, Henry V).

Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre and a former Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company.

“Spoken with immaculate clarity and psychiatric precision” New Statesman

“More than any Lear I’ve ever seen, this one talks to its audience. ‘Come closer,’ it seems to say” New York Times

“Michael Pennington will break your heart. A King Lear to grieve for” Brooklyn Daily Eagle

(Reviews for Michael Pennington’s most recent Shakespearean role, King Lear)

Tuesday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Wednesday & Saturday 2.30pm

Tickets from £24 – £38.50

A booking fee of £1.75 per ticket applies

Jermyn Street Theatre


by William Shakespeare
directed by Tom Littler


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