SHAKE Festival Announce Star-studded Reading of The Tempest on Zoom


SHAKE Festival is delighted to announce a star-studded reading of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, which will be performed on Zoom on 19 November at 7.30pm.

SHAKE Festival is a new multi-disciplinary festival of Shakespeare, inaugurated in Suffolk in 2019, when it featured Dame Harriet Walter, Professor Grace Ioppolo and playwright Ian Kelly, among others. The first SHAKE Festival Zoom production in September, was a verse-speaking workshop led by Jenny Hall and with special guest Dame Janet Suzman.

The latest show is a star-studded reading of The Tempest by William Shakespeare, performed over Zoom on 19 November at 7.30pm. Geraldine James as Prospero and Rebecca Hall as Ariel lead a cast of young stars of TV and film, including Lauryn Canny, Amesh Edireweera, Antonio Aakeel and Aidan Cheng. Olivier Award nominee Robert Hands reads Sebastian, and Wendy Morgan, Tim Fitzhigham and David Sibley are also amongst the excellent cast.

The reading will be directed by Jenny Hall, who once played Miranda in The Tempest at the National Theatre, directed by her father Sir Peter Hall.

This beautiful, jewel-like play has dark subjects at its core- the abuse of power and enslavement, as well as dealing with issues of nature verses nurture. It feels startlingly apt to read it together, in these intense times.

Rebecca Hall

Zoom Tickets are £10 per household. For more information or to book visit /

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