The Tempest

Tom’s production played for six performances of its sold out run at Jermyn Street Theatre and was due to go to Theatre Royal Bath and Cambridge Arts Theatre when it was cut short by the theatre shutdown of 2020. It is due to reopen Jermyn Street Theatre.

Michael Pennington, one of the great Shakespearean actors of his generation, who last worked with Tom in Dances of Death at the Gate Theatre, plays Prospero for the first time. The production is set on Paul Gauguin’s Tahiti. The cast include Kirsty Bushell as Miranda, Tam Williams as Ferdinand and Caliban, and Whitney Kehinde as Ariel.

★★★★★ “Michael Pennington is a colossal Prospero.” Broadway World

★★★★ “Fantasy takes wing. You fly to a kingdom of truths and “cloud-capped towers” far beyond immediate life. This is what theatre does.” Sunday Times

★★★★★ “A theatrical experience to treasure. Once again, Jermyn Street Theatre proves that small can be beautiful.” Plays to See

★★★★ “Having played every other great Shakespearean role during his distinguished career, Michael Pennington is finally tackling Prospero. It’s worth the wait. A sonorous and compelling performance.” The Stage

“An outstanding performance from Whitney Kehinde, who as Prospero’s spirit servant Ariel has extraordinary grace and nuance, as well as a stunning singing voice. ” The Times

★★★★ “Masters at work … A wonderfully inventive production.” Everything Theatre

★★★★ “Cleverly, elegantly and inventively handled and unlike anything I’ve seen before.” Act Drop

★★★★ “A stand out double turn from Tam Williams who doubles as Ferdinand and Caliban.” Reviewsgate

“The Tempest is an elegiac play at the best of times; in Pennington’s hypnotically sonorous delivery it seems to acquire a charge of almost unbearable poignancy.” Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “A treat to see Lynn Farleigh take on the role of Gonzalo.” Spy in the Stalls

★★★★ “A magical performance in an equally magical setting.” The Londonist

★★★★ “Whitney Kehinde is a terrific Ariel dancing around the stage, eyes flashing.” Sardines Magazine

★★★★ “Kirsty Bushell’s Miranda is the perfect combination of forthright and naive.” Reviews Hub


Peter Bramhill, Kirsty Bushell, Richard Derrington, Lynn Farleigh, Jim Findley, Whitney Kehinde, Michael Pennington, Tam Williams

Creative Team

Designers – Neil Irish, Anett Black

Lighting Designer – Will Reynolds

Sound Designer and Composer – Max Pappenheim

Associate Director  – Cat Robey

Movement Director – Julia Cave