“Oh, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in it!”
Shakespeare’s final solo play The Tempest is this year’s enchanting opening to Iris Theatre’s outdoor summer season.
A storm at sea – a ship is broken by the waves, and a king and his court are washed up on the shore of a mysterious island. The desolate isle appears uninhabited but, unseen in the shadows, a powerful magician plots his revenge.
The fate of all the shipwrecked souls now rests in his hands. Will he give in to his anger, or will his love for his daughter redeem them all?
Taking place across the gardens of St Paul’s Church in the heart of the West End, and inspired by the courtly royal masques of the 17th century and the designs of Inigo Jones, The Tempest is an evening of pomp and promenade, of magic and illusion.
Dress to impress; you’re invited to a party at the end of the world.
The Tempest stars Propeller and West End regular Tony Bell and is directed by Iris Theatre’s artistic director Daniel Winder, following last year’s five-star production of Macbeth.
“We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is rounded with a sleep.”
Iris is an award-winning theatre company, most celebrated for its annual summer season. In 2017, the company hosted a record-breaking year at St Paul’s with Macbeth and Hansel & Gretel, the latter shortlisted for Best Production for Young People (8+) at the Offies, the award the company won the previous year for Treasure Island.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is the difference between St Paul’s Church and Iris Theatre?
Iris Theatre is a theatre company and charity with its main office inside St Paul’s Church. Iris works with the church to employ the space and gardens throughout the year for their productions and projects. St Paul’s church is a listed building and active church.
Is there public restroom access at Iris Theatre?
St. Paul’s church has no public restroom access. The closest public toilet is located outside the building to left of the church entrance on the Covent Garden Piazza. There are several restaurants and pubs around who are happy to let you use their facilities as well.
Does Iris Theatre have disabled access?
There is a ramp to the left of the church steps which provides access to the main church space which we use as a venue.
Do you offer student/child discounts?
We offer child tickets for most of our productions. These are for young people aged 16 or under.
Do I need to buy a ticket for my baby?
You do not need to purchase a ticket for children under 18-months.
What is the policy on photography/filming during a show?
We do not allow any filming or photography during any of our shows.
Since Iris Theatre is in St. Paul’s church, does that mean there is a dress code?
We do not have a strict dress code policy. We ask that patrons are mindful and respect the church as a building when they consider their attire.
Is there parking near the theatre?
As we are in the heart of Covent Garden there is very limited street parking. We advise you use public transport when you come to see one of our shows.
Can you accommodate Hearing dogs/ Guide dogs?
Yes, as long as they don’t chase our resident cats, Inigo and Jones!
Are there reserved seats?
Since the productions are held on the grounds and/or in the church we offer no reserved seats on our tickets. However, groups are permitted to reserve a section of the church ahead of time by contacting the theatre office at firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens if the weather is bad?
The vast majority of performances are completed each year. If it is only light rain, the performance goes on and we offer ponchos to our audiences. If it continues pouring badly, we may have to stop the show and re-start once the rain has cleared. With some shows, we will have the option of moving the show inside the church.
On rare occasions, it will not be possible for us to complete the performance. Tickets are then non-refundable in the event of cancellation because of the weather but may be exchanged for another performance or any other Iris Theatre show, subject to availability.
Iris Theatre’s summer shows are open-air shows and audiences therefore accept that weather, climate and temperature which are out of our control are part of the experience at Iris Theatre.
What time will you decide whether the performance will be cancelled due to bad weather?
We will never cancel a performance before the advertised start time. This is because you would be amazed how often it can rain all day and then clear up just in time for the action to start and indeed, how localised bad weather can be.
If a show is cancelled on account of the weather, we will announce this at the time of cancellation at the venue.
Booking Period: 20 June – 28 July 2018
Running Time: To be confirmed
Age Restrictions: To be confirmed