Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The Tempest - Kings Cross Theatre

By far the most ‘interesting’ interpretation of The Tempest I have ever seen. So much so that I probably wouldn’t have recognised it but for the name of the characters and some of the dialogue.  Set in a female prison, the action starts as the prisoners are paraded through the bar area prior to the audience being ushered to their seats by security guards. Steel pans, rapping, modern dress and an entire female cast removes the Shakespearean feel. Harriet Walker gives an energised performance as Prospero while Jade Anouka gives a brilliantly vibrant performance as a rapping, boom box carrying, Ariel. The plays lasts an hour and forty minutes with no interval and I’d dare say that even non Shakespeare fans will find enough to keep them entertained for the duration. 

The Tempest can be seen @ the Kings Cross Theatre until 15th December