Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transforming the Tempest; Northern Stage Is Producing What Promises to Be a Storming Production of Shakespeare's the Tempest in September. Sam Wonfor Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transforming the Tempest; Northern Stage Is Producing What Promises to Be a Storming Production of Shakespeare's the Tempest in September. Sam Wonfor Reports

Article excerpt

When it comes to kicking off a theatrical season, it's always a good idea to get people's attention. We're betting Northern Stage will have no problem gathering the interest of theatre lovers in the North East with a new and ambitious co-production of Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Widely considered to be the Bard's last play, the collaboration with Improbable and the Oxford Playhouse promises to add "visual treats, original music, plenty of mischief and a whole lot of wizardry" to the play's magic, drama, romance and comedy staples.

Led by artistic director Phelim McDermott, Improbable has been making innovative and exciting theatre of varying sizes since it was formed 20 years ago. From large-scale outdoor productions featuring giant Sellotape structures to intimate improvised pieces in small venues, the company has performed all over the world.

Tyrone Huggins Tempest During this time, Phelim has built up an international reputation with productions such as Shockheaded Peter with the Tiger Lillies for Lyric Hammersmith; A Midsummer Night's Dream for Deutsches Schauspielhaus; and Satyagraha and The Perfect American by Philip Glass for English National Opera.

He says: "Of all Shakespeare's plays it is great to return to direct the first play I was ever in as a teenager! We have a strong ensemble of actors who will work in our unique Improbable style.

"I want to do justice to the text because it's a fantastic play, but I'd like to feel that we'll create our own Tempest during the rehearsal process - we'll adapt it to make it our own. We will be aiming to bring the text alive, making a show that will be different every night yet true to the heart of this magical and unusual play."

Northern Stage's artistic director, Lorne Campbell, adds: "Bringing Phelim to Northern Stage to direct The Tempest is part of our ongoing commitment to getting some of the finest directors in the world to direct for the company and to present work here, following on from Rachel Chavkin (Catch-22) and the presentation of the Krymov Ensemble (Opus No. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.