Rehearsals Begin for The Tempest

Rehearsals have begun for a new production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest which is to take place at Great Yarmouth Hippodrome this May. Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s  Artistic Director William Galinsky will direct the production as part of the 2016 programme for the festival, one of the biggest arts festivals in the UK. The Victorian purpose-built circus building is to provide a unique platform for Galinsky’s original staging of the production which runs 9 – 21 May 2016.

The historic Great Yarmouth Hippodrome, Britain’s only surviving total Circus Building, was built in 1903 by the legendary Circus showman George Gilbert. Throughout the century the intimate arena has played host to an incredible variety of entertainment, from water spectacles, stage variety shows and cinema to wartime use as a military practice shooting range.

William Galinsky, in collaboration with some of British theatre’s most original talents: renowned designer Laura Hopkins (Frantic Assembly’s Othello, Blackwatch), lighting designer Mike Brookes (The Persians, ILLIAD) and composer Nick Powell (Wolf Hall/Bring Up The Bodies, The Nether, X) has created a site-specific production which will immerse audiences in the action, completely flooding the lower ground of the building and seeing the cast moving around the space using custom built underwater stage entrances and invisible walk ways. Galinsky is also working alongside contemporary circus company Lost in Translation and Sifu Adie Gray, a Wing Chun Kung Fu master and student of Ip Man’s son, the master who taught Bruce Lee.

The cast for the production includes:  Ravi Aujla (Alonso); Adam Burton (Sebastian); Freddy Carter (Ferdinand); Tony Guilfoyle (Prospero); Colin Hurley (Stefano); Pía Laborde Noguez (Miranda); Jane Leaney (Jane Leaney); John McCarthy (Trinculo); Graeme McKnight (Caliban) Christopher Saul (Gonzalo) and Oliver Senton (Antonio).