The Tempest in the open Air Theatre 

July 31st 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
The Tempest in the open Air Theatre 

Shakespeare’s The Tempest performed in the open air is coming to a place near Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford. On a balmy August evening in The Temple in Wanstead Park View Map Illyria return to deliver another year of fantastic Open Air Theatre!

The Tempest is Shakespeare's story of the magician Prospero who marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. In this tale of magic Prospero has the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, with him he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. They are inexplicably driven towards the centre of the island where Prospero awaits his answers until he learns that despite everything his daughter Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. The play explores his thirst for revenge balanced with his aptitude for forgiveness.

Illyria’s performing history lies in Shakespearean comedy. This is their 28th open-air touring season, and they are renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity of delivery. The tempest is believed to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still can surprise!

The show will only be cancelled in the event of a storm so dress for the weather. The organisers say please bring your seating and even in August it is worth bringing blankets. Picnics are welcome and hot drinks and soft drinks will be available at the Temple. Remember the site may be dark as you leave the show to make your way home to Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford, so please bring a torch to help you find your way or make sure your phone is charged.

The Tempest -Friday 9 August at 7 pm (Gates open at 6 pm – performance lasts approximately2hrs 10 mins including interval). Booking required: or 020 7332 1911.