Review: The Tempest at St. Ann’s Warehouse1 min read

The Tempest: A Fond Farewell to a Political Prisoner

By Ross

Walking into the theatre at St. Ann’s Warehouse to see The Tempest has a déjà vue kind of feeling. Returning to visit a familiar place to see some recognizable faces doing some spectacular Shakespeare once again. Like a yearly pilgrimage. And what a happy return it is. Donmar Warehouse has brought back to Brooklyn the all female acting troop with Harriet Walter at the helm, as strong and self-assured as she was in the previous two Shakespearean transfers, Henry IV and Julius Caesar. The set up is the same: a female prison institutional basketball court with the inmates, marched in through the lobby, playing all the roles of another Shakespeare play. Surrounded by fencing and guards, it feels like we have returned for visitation (kudos to the design team – Designer: Chloe Lamford; Theatrical Environment Designer: Bunny Christie; Lighting Designer: James Farncombe). We see some familiar faces, and maybe a few new ‘inmates’, but we really have come to reconnect with Walter. And what a joy it is, to visit with this powerhouse again. For the full review: click here

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