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Review of THE TEMPEST at Waterloo East Theatre

The TempestSarah Redmond’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is no ordinary adaptation. Transporting us forward to 2080, we find ourselves not only in the future but in post-apocalyptic London.

Creative, surprising and imaginative, Redmond pulls together a talented and committed cast who tell us the story…… her way. The cast work as a team, whose versatility brings out plenty of darker undertones to the piece, as well as light-hearted comedy moments throughout the evening.

We are watched as we take our seats by interesting characters to whom we have not yet been introduced, already entering into the atmosphere of the world Redmond has created, even before a word has been spoken.

The set is proof that ingenuity can win over a large budget. Dan Gillingwater’s design cleverly enhances Redmond’s creation. The beautiful music composed especially for this production by Gillingwater, aids the telling of the story and ambience of the setting we are surrounded by.

Ariel is a standout performance; totally throwing herself into the role, Chipo Kureya is mesmerising as the sprite. We first meet her hanging from the ceiling in a hammock to symbolise her entrapment. Kureya also has a voice like silk.

Dressed in an Inter Milan T-shirt, Tom Keller as Prospero is the glue that holds this production together, whilst the trio of Trincula, Stephano and Caliban provide enough comedic interludes that break up the sheer darkness of the piece.

Rebecca Hazel’s Miranda and Guy Wolf’s Ferdinand are perfectly played and a well cast romantic match for these two young actors. Chistian Valle’s choreography is exciting to watch, expertly executed by Lucy Thomas and Lucy Harwood, who are exceptional dancers; their erotic dance surrounding Miranda and Ferdinand proves intensely captivating.

The story zips along in under two hours making this production perfect for anyone who is studying The Tempest, or who might be familiar with the story and would like to see it done differently, or who might just be looking for a great evening’s entertainment at the theatre.

5 Star Rating

Review by Joanna Forest

The Tempest
Set to an original soundtrack this new abridged version takes us to London 2080, natural disasters have swamped the world, countries as we know them are lost to see. A boat has been swept up the Thames Estuary and is shipwrecked on the Southbank. The survivors look to the locals for sanctuary.

Tom Keller, Rebecca Hazel, Matthew Harper, Chipo Kureya, Andrea Bergamimi, Guy Woolf, Lucy Harwood, Sy Thomas, Alex Morgan, Jamie Brotherston, Daniel Everitt-Lock, Drew Michael Gardner, Anna Britton, Lucy Thomas.

Presented by TempLDN in Association with WET
Adapted & Directed by Sarah Redmond
Designed by Daniel Gillingwater
Lighting by Tom Kitney
Choreography by Cristian Valle
Original Score by Daniel Gillingwater
8th to 26th OCTOBER 2014

Waterloo East Theatre
Brad Street London SE1 8TN
Book Online www.waterlooeast.co.uk
Box Office 0207 928 0060
Tues to Sat at 7.30pm Sun at 4pm


  • Joanna Forest

    Reviewer of London shows Joanna Forest is a British Actress, Singer and UK Voice Over artist. She has performed on stage in the West End, on tour in Europe and in various theatres in the UK.

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