The Tempest

Christopher Plummer’s star power may be pulling them in, but the production as a whole is worth praise and the standing ovation it received at the end.
Des McAnuff used the special effects brillaintly in this production – not only using the stage, but the whole theatre to great effect. Everything came together into a wonderful production.
Plummer’s Prospero was note perfect – the smallest gestures had meaning and made sense. His was a very human Prospero, but no less magical for that.
Trish Lundstrom and Gareth Potter were well matched as the young lovers. Julyana Soelisto was a marvellous Ariel – not a waif, but definitely a spirit. Dion Johnston was anguished as Caliban – it was hard to remember that this role can also be played for laughs.
But for laughs we had Bruce Dow and Geraint Wynn Davies as Trinculo and STephano. Both were hilarious and the comedy never got in the way of the story but added to it. McAnuff really seems to know how to direct the low parts.
Fantastic production – a sell out for the season.

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About cathyriggall

Theatre junkie, who thinks live theatre is the ultimate form of living on the edge. You never know what will happen when an actor steps on the stage.
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One Response to The Tempest

  1. Keith says:

    I agree!After "As You Like It" I was set to be disappointed again, but here the stage mechanics supported the play and the actors; everything seemed appropriate.Plummer was definitely the most human Prospero I have seen – and the role was all the better for it.Ariel, and the relationship between her and Prospero, were really strong.Geraint Wynn Davies is getting to be my favourite comic. I have typically let my mind wander during the "mechanicals" bits in Shakespeare – the jokes are too hard to follow and not worth it when you get them. However, GWD's Bottom and now his turn with Bruce Dow have been great – lots of physical stuff to communicate the humour and a strong sense of the audience to use/milk their reactions. Caliban was rather overwhelmed by the others, but Johnston gave him a dignity that's often not there – in London it was Caliban who played to the groundlings. I cannot get excited about Ferdinand and Miranda, but at least these two seemed to have some chemistry.Now I can't wait to see Helen Mirren as Prospera in Julie Taymor's version!

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