Please note matinee performances on Tuesdays/Saturday now start at 2.30pm.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tom Littler
Set and costume design by Neil Irish / Anett Black
Music and sound design by Max Pappenheim
Lighting design by Will Reynolds
Movement direction by Julia Cave
‘Starring Michael Pennington as Prospero, Peter Bramhill as Sebastian and Trinculo, Kirsty Bushell as Miranda, Richard Derrington as Antonio and Stephano, Lynn Farleigh as Gonzalo, Jim Findley as Alonso, Whitney Kehinde as Ariel, and Tam Williams as Ferdinand and Caliban’
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep.”
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 of their lives forever.
This production of Shakespeare’s final play is loosely inspired by the life of Paul Gauguin on the island of Tahiti. Michael Pennington, one of the foremost Shakespearean actors of his generation, plays Prospero for the first time.
Praise for Michael Pennington’s King Lear.
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
Tom Littler is Artistic Director of Jermyn Street Theatre and a former Associate Director of the Peter Hall Company.
Littler is currently a finalist in the OffWestEnd Awards for his production of All’s Well That Ends Well.
Michael Pennington is Honorary Associate Artist of the Royal Shakespeare Company and founded the English Shakespeare Company. A four-time Olivier Award nominee, his numerous roles include Lear, Hamlet, Richard II, Hal/Henry V, Macbeth, Leontes, Anthony, and Coriolanus.
Peter Bramhill performed in King Lear at the Old Vic and is an Ian Charleson Award nominee.
Kirsty Bushell has appeared in productions at Shakespeare’s Globe and in the West End, as well as in The White Devil at the RSC.
Richard Derrington was previously in For Services Rendered at Jermyn Street Theatre, a regular on The Archers, and performed in numerous roles for Alan Ayckbourn and the RSC.
Lynn Farleigh appeared in the TV show Wycliffe as well as in numerous leading roles for the RSC.
Jim Findley returns to Jermyn Street Theatre after starring in For Services Rendered, and Lady From the Sea at Donmar Warehouse.
Whitney Kehinde has performed in productions of Twelfth Night at both the National Theatre and Grosvenor Park.
Tam Williams appeared in Spectre and in recent productions at Orange Tree Theatre, Theatre Royal Haymarket and the Old Vic.”
Running time Around two hours 30 minutes including an interval.
Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
Matinees Tuesday & Saturday 2.30pm
The Quarter tickets £28 (£24 concessions) booked between 10 February and 10 March.
Beginners tickets £31 (£27 concessions) booked after 11 March.
5@5 Every day at 5pm, 5 tickets will be sold for £5, subject to availability. They are bookable in person at the box office, or by telephone. To be eligible, you must be under 30 or a member of Equity. Please bring proof of age/membership to the performance.
Preview Tickets 11–12 March. £15
Concessions Available to over- 60s, theatre unions, unwaged, access, students.
Box Office 020 7287 2875 jermynstreettheatre.co.uk