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The Tempest

Harriet Walter is Prospero in Shakespeare’s tale of the eternal struggle for freedom, morality and justice. The final part of the Donmar Warehouse all-female Shakespeare Trilogy.

The final instalment in the Donmar Warehouse’s all-female Shakespeare Trilogy sees Harriet Walter take on the role of Prospero in this evocation of the eternal struggle for freedom, morality and justice. Directed for both stage and screen by Phyllida Lloyd.

Set on an isle "full of noises”, this magical production has a glowing score by Joan Armatrading. Critics celebrated the the original staging as ”A glorious reminder that genuine diversity offers astonishing creative benefits."

The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy began in 2012 with an all-female production of Julius Caesar led by Dame Harriet Walter. Set in a women’s prison, the production asked the question, “Who owns Shakespeare?” Two further productions followed: Henry IV in 2014 and The Tempest in 2016, all featuring a diverse company of women. The Trilogy enthralled theatre audiences in London and New York and was shared with women and girls in prisons and schools across the UK. The film versions were shot live in a specially built temporary theatre in King’s Cross in 2016, and now offer screen audiences a unique access to these ground-breaking productions.

A Donmar Warehouse and Illuminations production. Supported by The Space.

Release date:

1 hour, 45 minutes


Role Contributor
Ariel Jade Anouka
Ferdinand Sheila Atim
Stephano Jackie Clune
Sebastian Shiloh Coke
Trinculo Karen Dunbar
Miranda Leah Harvey
Gonzalo Zainab Hasan
Officer Jennifer Joseph
Allonso Martina Laird
Caliban Sophie Stanton
Antonio Carolina Valdes
Prospero Harriet Walter
Guard Sarah Jane Dent
Guard Rhiannon Harper-Rafferty
Guard Liv Spencer
Director Phyllida Lloyd
Studio Director Rhodri Huw
Editor Justine Wright
Editor Russ Clapham
Editor Dyl Goch
Producer Kate Pakenham
Producer John Wyver