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Haymarket Theatre
Haymarket SW1Y 4HT
The Tempest
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Show Details
Preview 27th Aug 11
Opens 6th Sept 11
Closes 29th Oct 11
Show Times
Mon, Weds - Sat 7.30 pm
Matinée Thurs, Sat 2.30 pm

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A classic viewing of all the Theatreland play houses by night. The authentic commentary, by Ben Shafik - a player himself - gives an authentic feel to the West End's theatres - and is backed by real music.
Next version will be more upbeat as, suggested, to celebrate Britannia's unbeatable heritage.
(Over 6000 viewings and all good reviews to date).
Let us know what you think.

A note from the author

I took these pictures to show off London theatres as they are seen -most often - by theatre goers, at night.

Thanks to Ben Shafik for his lighthearted and informative commentary and Fionn O'Lochlainn for the original music.

Watch out for the new version with current liveries and the names of the theatres as they appear.


Nicholas Lyndhurst


Ralf FennesThis classic play has a fabulous cast and has been treated by Sir Trevor Nunn to make it a play that is worth every minute of going there, being there and holding as a great experience to remember from the journey home for some time to come.

The theatre itself is a beautiful place to watch the play. The Haymarket as a theatre brings the best out in the Players as well.

There is only one more week to catch this play again if you didn't miss it.

It's a deeply traditional production, with none of the startling innovations of a Rupert Goold, but one that coherently and satisfyingly treats the play as a parable about the triumph of virtue over vengeance. Kevin Billington - The Guardian

One of the beauties of this play is that it is the real script of Shakepearian genius. Every character - from Giles Terera's Caliban to Julian Wadham's penitent villain Antonio - is well played in a clear and crisp way. Therefore this play is a great education for the children - so really ok to take them along. Known as Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest is said to be the a first work of magic mingled with realism.


The characters are marooned and left to die on a remote island, Prospero, filled with thought of revenge, commands spirits, creates apparitions and manipulates the elements. He uses his magic to gather his enemies to perform his vengeance. Meantime the process also awakens in Miranda, his teenage daughter, her first passion of love. Prospero's tenderness to his daughter creates reconciliation instead. This is the prevailing emotional force behind Shakespeare’s last play.

Miranda - TempestYempest


"Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep".
William Shakespeare
The Tempest, Act 4 Scene 1

Lion in WinterFollowing at the Haymarket is another trevor Nunn production with Robert Lindsay and Joana Lumley The Lion in Winter - an historical play by James Goldman - more on that later.

Book now for the best seats.


  • Ralph Fiennes - Prosper
  • Nicholas Lyndhurst - Trinculo
  • Elisabeth Hopper - Miranda
  • Clive Wood - Stephano
  • Julian Wadham - Antonio
  • Giles Terera - Caliban
  • Tom Byam Shaw - Ariel
  • Chris Andrew Mellon - Sebastian

  • Creative Director - Trevor Nunn
  • Author - William Shakespeare
© 2017 Updated 9th Nov 2011