Techno Tempest transfers to Barbican

London theatre news: Monday 19 December 2016

Royal Shakespeare Company

London audiences get the chance to see the RSC's technological version of Shakespeare's final play from 30 June to 18 August at the Barbican Theatre, following a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon. Booking now open.
RSC's The Tempest at the Barbican

Image: RSC

Following a sell-out run in Stratford-upon-Avon, the RSC's ground-breaking production of The Tempest will transfer to the Barbican Theatre from 30 June to 18 August.

Booking is now open through the Barbican's box office and tickets are likely fly out of the door pretty quickly.

In a unique partnership with Intel, the show employs today’s most advanced technology in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s magical play.

Simon Russell Beale returns to the RSC after 20 years to play Prospero in a production directed by the RSC's Artistic Director Gregory Doran.

The Royal Shakespeare Company's family show for 2016, The Tempest is also a perfect introduction to Shakespeare for young theatregoers and families.

Here's a bit of background about how the production has been tackled ...

And you can also catch the play in cinemas from 11 January 2017.


On a distant island a man waits.

Robbed of his position, power and wealth, his enemies have left him in isolation.

But this is no ordinary man, and this no ordinary island.

Prospero is a magician, able to control the very elements and bend nature to his will.

When a sail appears on the horizon, he reaches out across the ocean to the ship that carries the men who wronged him.

Creating a vast magical storm he wrecks the ship and washes his enemies up on the shore.

When they wake they find themselves lost on a fantastical island where nothing is as it seems.


Barbican Theatre

Silk Street

London EC2Y 8DS


30 June to 18 August at 7-00pm, 7-15pm or 1-30pm

Running time: 2 hrs 23 mins + 20 mins interval


£10 to £75 plus booking fee


RSC - The Tempest

Barbican Theatre

Wikipedia - The Tempest

Our listing for The Tempest

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