|The Tempest Maintains Fulham Theatre's High Standard|
Penny Flood is blown away by gender blind version of Shakespeare classic
The enormously high standard of productions by the London Theatre Workshop is being maintained in their latest production. It's The Tempest, Shakespeare's muddle of magic realism and politics.
Prospero and Miranda aren't alone on the island, there are two others; Caliban the son of a witch and Ariel, a magical spirit. Prospero has enslaved them both, Caliban because he tried to rape Miranda, and Ariel who he released from being stuck up a tree so Ariel owes him.
Joseph Law is smashing as Ariel, a pale and slender spirit whose obedience is tempered with an undertow of contempt for his master, who has promised him freedom as soon as this latest episode is sorted out.
Ruskin Denmark, much better looking than the deformed savage described by Shakespeare, makes a terrific Caliban. He's a tousled haired, angry and menacing young man, with a surprisingly sensitive side. He'd like his freedom too but misunderstands where it will come from so hilariously gets drunk with the mariners.
Innovative set design uses lots of white paper with clever lighting and discrete videos to create the illusion of waves and cliffs. Original music was written by James Neale who also supplied some live musical accompaniment.
Book tickets online priced £12 or £9 concessions.
October 16, 2015