Shakespeare Classic

The Tempest



25 November -
22 December 2021


“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

The stranger and his daughter live alone on a remote island. Some people say hes 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 of their lives forever.

The Tempest opened in March 2020 to critical acclaim but was cut short after just six performances. Eighteen months later, it sets sail again with Michael Pennington, one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of his generation, finally donning Prospero’s cloak once more and performing book-in-hand.

Artistic Director Tom Littler reunites the original cast for a magical voyage.

Only Performance left with availability is now Tuesday 14th December 7.30pm


Michael Pennington
Four-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Pennington is Honorary Associate Artist of the RSC and founded the English Shakespeare Company.
Peter Bramhill
Sebastian & Trinculo
Peter appeared in King Lear at the Young Vic, and in various roles for the RSC with an Ian Charleson Award nomination for his performance in Thomas More.
Rachel Pickup
Rachel has starred as many of Shakespeare’s Heroines, most notably as Portia at The Globe. She also works across TV including a leading role in BBC Series No Bananas.
Richard Derrington
Antonio & Stephano
Richard Derrington is known equally for his work at the RSC and in The Archers on BBC Radio 4 and was last seen at JST in For Services Rendered.
Lynn Farleigh
Lynn has performed numerous stage roles for the English Shakespeare Company, RSC, and NT. She appeared in films Watership Down and Miss Potter.
Jim Findley
Jim has performed at the Donmar Warehouse, the Lyric Hammersmith, Regent's Park and the Almeida.
Whitney Kehinde
Whitney has performed at the NT, RSC, Bristol Old Vic and Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre.
Tam Williams
Ferdinand & Caliban
Tam has performed at The RSC, the National Theatre, West End, Hampstead Theatre, Regent’s Park, Chichester, and Propeller Theatre Company.

Neil Irish
Set and costume design
Anett Black
Set and costume design
Max Pappenheim
Music and sound design
Julia Cave
Movement direction
Cat Robey
Associate director


“Michael Pennington is a colossal Prospero.”
Broadway World
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“A theatrical experience to treasure. Jermyn Street Theatre proves that small can be beautiful.”
Plays to See
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“An enchanting world.”
The Sunday Times
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“Michael Pennington is finally tackling Prospero. It’s worth the wait. A sonorous and compelling performance.”
The Stage
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“In Pennington’s hypnotically sonorous delivery it seems to acquire a charge of almost unbearable poignancy.”
The Daily Telegraph

“An outstanding performance from Whitney Kehinde as Ariel ... stunning.”
The Times

“Masters at work ... A wonderfully inventive production.”
Everything Theatre
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“Cleverly, elegantly and inventively handled and unlike anything I've seen before.”
Act Drop
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“A stand out double turn from Tam Williams who doubles as Ferdinand and Caliban.”
Reviews Gate
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“A treat to see Lynn Farleigh take on the role of Gonzalo.”
The Spy in the Stalls
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“A magical performance in an equally magical setting.”
The Londonist
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“Whitney Kehinde is a terrific Ariel dancing around the stage, eyes flashing.”
Sardines Magazine
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