The Tempest

Ralph Fiennes makes a commandingly resonant and troubled Prospero at the heart of Trevor Nunn’s slowly unfolding, traditional production of Shakespeare’s late play.

Paul Pyant’s atmospheric lighting adds an otherworldly glow to the exiled Duke’s island kingdom where an androgynous, airborne Ariel executes his master’s magic and ethereal music fills the air as Miranda and her schoolboyish Ferdinand fall in love, Nicholas Lyndhurst’s lanky Trinculo gets walloped by Clive Wood’s equally inebriated Stephano, past wrongs are pardoned and even Giles Terera’s raging Caliban (here a black slave) is reconciled.

– Louise Kingsley

Theatre Royal Haymarket, Haymarket, SW1Y 4HT 
0845 481 1870
Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Until October 29