The Tempest

The Tempest

The Tempest

May 10 – June 10, 2012

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Darko Tresnjak

One storm rages on the sea. Another storm rages inside of a man. Will Prospero, the banished Duke of Milan, exact his revenge or forgive his foes? Shakespeare’s magnificent last play is a meditation on family, love, mercy, and—ultimately—the theatre itself.

With wonder, imagination and sheer theatricality, this powerful production will take you on a breathtaking journey filled with song, dance, masks and puppetry.


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Audience Comments

The production of The Tempest @HartfordStage was amazing. Acting, sets, effects were all great. See it if you have the opportunity.”
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Your production of The Tempest was absolutely one of the best I have ever seen.

“Wow. Blown away by this production. Best thing ive seen thus far at @HartfordStage . Everyone needs to go see The Tempest!”
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Brilliant performances, choreography superb, musical component drew audience into the magic of the play.

This is one of the best performances of The Tempest I have ever seen. The acting was superb. Daniel Davis as Prospero was a perfect choice. Ben Cole as Caliban was outstanding! All performers were very strong. The sets were fantastic, especially the “script design” on the costumes and stage. It was very pleasing to the eye and gave the production a lavish appeal. I intend to come and see this production again at least one more time!

The set design and costuming added incredibly to this production, as did the remarkable dance sequence and gymnastic feats. Use of billowing cloth outstanding. Casting perfect!

The aerialist was amazing!! –the most memorable aspect of the play; never saw anything like it.

This was simply an extraordinary production and performance.

This play was Shakespeare at its best!!!!!! It would be terrific to see more than once.

Bravo! We, my husband and I, thought the performance was spectacular! One of the best we have seen at Hartford Stage! It all came together–the direction, script, acting, costumes, set, lighting, and sound. The entire experience was very moving and passionate.

The acting, the set, the acrobatics… nothing I have seen before.

A riveting and memorable production.

I thought that the Tempest was the best show I have ever seen. I also loved the ballet and acrobat performance. Wonderful.

Loved the combination of ballet and cirque du soleil.

The acting and the scenography were outstanding!

Direction was faultless and acting superb.

This was a truly extraordinary production!

Photos by T. Charles Erickson


Set Designer
Alexander Dodge

Costume Designer
Fabio Toblini

Lighting Designer
Michael Chybowski

Sound Design & Original Music
David Budries and
Nathan A. Roberts

Voice Coach
Claudia Hill-Sparks

Dance Captain
Joshua Dean

Aerial Consultant
Joshua Dean

Fight Choreographer
Craig Handel

Production Stage Manager
Mary K Klinger

Assistant Stage Manager
Monika Tandon


Daniel Davis

Noble Shropshire

Bruce Turk

William Patrick Riley

David Barlow

Michael Spencer-Davis

Shirine Babb

Sara Topham

Joshua Dean

King Alonso
Christopher Randolph

Jonathan Lincoln Fried

Ben Cole

Alex Saffer

Mark Ford

Jane Cracovaner

Jillian Greenberg

Annastasia Duffany


Presenting Sponsor
The Hartford

Production Sponsor

The John and Kelly Hartman Foundation

Assisting Production Sponsor
federman, lally & remis