The Tempest

29th July 6:30pm - 10:00pm



This summer, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, in their fourteenth successful year, are bringing to The Bishop’s Palace Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece The Tempest – a play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love.

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This show promises to be another authentic, excellent and magical treat from the company that brought you last year’s riotous farce The Comedy of Errors. Be sure to catch this brilliant company perform Shakespeare as it would have been; all male, in the open air and in full Elizabethan costume with traditional music and dance.

Shakespeare’s late, great gem, widely believed to be the last full play he wrote alone, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive. A play that has mesmerised and moved audiences for over 400 years is just as relevant and powerful today.

Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.

A brief plot synopsis…

Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda after being cast out from their home are washed up on a distant, mystical island. 12 years later his enemies are blown off course towards them. Using his powers of magic he raises a tempest to shipwreck them on the island. After being left to plot his revenge for years he finally has the chance to exact it. But will he?

Peter Stickney, Artistic Director, says, “With some of Shakespeare’s most memorable speeches and packed with famous characters – from the elemental and ethereal Caliban and Ariel to the comic clowns Trinculo and Stephano and the enchanting force that unites them all, Prospero – The Tempest is a spectacular play and will make fantastic viewing for a summer’s evening. A truly theatrical play like this, set outdoors and in our trademark style bursting with song and magic makes for an evening not to be missed!”

About the company: Founded in 2004, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are the modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s original company of the same name. Performing with an all male cast, they present productions of Shakespeare’s finest plays, bringing to vivid and accessible life the greatest works of drama, as they would first have been performed.

The production takes place on the South Lawn of The Bishop’s Palace. Please bring your own low-backed seating/rugs.

Ticket prices: Adult £16.50/Child £10/Family £45 (2 adults and 2 under-16s). Ticket prices including BBQ food: Adult £21.50/Child £15.50/Family £67

Tickets including BBQ food should be booked in advance due to limited availability. BBQ food consists of a burger with relish. If you are booking online, please contact the Palace in advance should you require a vegetarian portion, in order to guarantee availability

Tickets are available via the Palace Shop (01749 988111 ext 205) and online here.