"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.
Photo credit: Nick Rutter
BOOKING PERIOD: 20 June - 28 July 2018
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 40 minutes including an interval
AGE RESTRICTION: 5+
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. There are multiple facilities in the area around the Church.
Does Iris Theatre have disabled access?
If you wich to book Access tickets please contact Iris Theatre Company directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
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 cat Jones!
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.
VENUE: St. Paul's Church, Bedford St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9ED
What people are saying about The Tempest
Rated 5 out of
TempestIt was different and interesting, I loved moving round with the actors and being fully involved with them. The actors were brilliant, so expressive and very amusing. Ariel was my favourite, she moved just as I imagined, beautiful.
Date published: 2018-08-05
Rated 5 out of
Jenny man from
A wonderful productionan enthralling production that made the most of the setting,I think making the audience move engaged us much more and it was amazing to be suddenly aware of an actor standing next to you. The scenes inside the church were so dramatic! The comic acts were tremendous and the actors engaged the young audience expertly.
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