Directed by Simon Usher, who garnered critical acclaim for his Hamlet at Belgrade Coventry and his Timon of Athens, Pericles and The Winter’s Tale at Leicester Haymarket, this is the first staging of Shakespeare by the Notting Hill Gate venue. Design is by Lee Newby.
Artistic Director Anda Winters said: “We always aim to offer an ambitious and varied repertoire of work. Our choice to stage The Tempest, Shakespeare’s most experimental play, is an exciting new expression of this ethos.”
Kevin McMonagle (People, Places and Things, Twelfth Night, The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors) will play Prospero alongside Charlotte Brimble (She Stoops to Conquer, Posh and Terms and Conditions) as Miranda. The principal cast will be supported by a community chorus.
The Tempest is for and about people; what are we human beings like? Shakespeare’s final masterpiece is his mature summary of the subject, reprising all his plays in their essential aspects. It is therefore not only a culmination of, but also a perfect two hour introduction to his work. The play’s diagnosis of existence, of the problem of being in the world, feels as sharp today as it would have been in 1608 when it first appeared.
In The Tempest, Shakespeare holds a mirror up to nature, exploring the problems of living from childhood to old age through some of his greatest poetry. His superb range of characters at the extremes of good and evil gives us an extraordinary reflection of humanity: from the growing pains of adolescence and late middle age, to masters and servants, to bullies with and without a conscience, and our fear of loneliness and the future. The Tempestultimately outlines the struggle to remain idealistic, and the hope that the younger generation can do better.
Steven Beard’s (Gonzalo) extensive theatre credits include The Trial and The Good Soul of Szechuan (both Young Vic); The Crucible (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Hamlet, Who’s There? (Flute Theatre); Teenage Bodies (Opéra Louise);Minetti (Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh); A Little Hotel on the Side (Theatre Royal Bath); The Importance of Being Earnest (Opéra National de Lorraine); If So, Then Yes (Jermyn Street Theatre); Paradise Moscow; Of Thee I Sing; Let ‘em Eat Cake (Opera North); The Hypochondriac (Almeida Theatre); Romeo and Juliet; King John; Much Ado About Nothing; Ivanov; Devil’s Disciple (RSC). On screen he has appeared in Shakespeare in Love; Hoff the Record; Chalk; Cadfael; Requiem Apache; Frank Stubbs and Inspector Morse.
Charlotte Brimble (Miranda) trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has appeared on stage in She Stoops to Conquer (Theatre Royal, Bath); Posh (Nottingham Playhouse); Terms and Conditions (The White Bear). For television, her credits include Spotless; Crime Stories and See it Saw it.
Callum Dixon (Antonio/Stefano) has appeared at the National Theatre on numerous occasions in The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other; Market Boy; Sing Yer Heart Out For The Lads; The Day I Stood Still; The Wind in the Willows; Somewhere; The Recruiting Officer and Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead. Further recent theatrical credits include The Hairy Ape (Old Vic); Between Us (Arcola); The Complaint (Hampstead Theatre); Hamlet and The Government Inspector (Young Vic). His television credits include : Dr Foster; Father Brown; A Touch of Cloth; Random; Casualty; Doc Martin; Doctors and Ashes to Ashes.
Paul Hamilton (Alonso) is a seasoned Shakespearean actor having appeared in Anthony and Cleopatra; King Lear; Julius Caesar; The Winter’s Tale; Henry VI Parts I, II & III and Richard III (RSC). His other stage credits include The Sisterhood (Belgrade Theatre); Secret Cinema: Star Wars (Secret Cinema); Holy Warriors; Anthony and Cleopatra; The Southwark Mysteries (Shakespeare’s Globe); Life of Galileo (Birmingham Rep / RSC Tour); Boris Godunov (RSC);The Sound of Loneliness (Actors Touring Company). His screen work includes New Worlds; 55 Degrees North; Heartbeat; Tarzan: The Untamed and Bridget Jones’ Diary.
Hugh John (Ferdinand) trained at Drama Centre London and has appeared in Romeo and Juliet (Sheffield Crucible); The Picture of Dorian Gray; The Dead Shepherd (White Bear Theatre); The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (Chichester Festival Theatre / West End); Deathwatch (Roundhouse); In the Beginning (Theatre Uncut); Our Brother David (Watford Palace Theatre.
Kevin McMonagle (Prospero) recently appeared in the critically-acclaimed People, Places and Things (National Theatre/West End), his further credits include ); The Divided Laing (Arcola Theatre); No Nothing (Lemon Tree / Oran Mor); The Flouers O’ Edinburgh (Finborough Theatre); A Doll’s House (National Theatre of Scotland); Twelfth Night; The Tempest; The Comedy of Errors; Richard III (RSC); Kin; Ladybird; Thyestes (Royal Court); Pieces of Vincent(Arcola Theatre / Paine’s Plough); The Girls of Slender Means (Assembly Rooms / Stellar Quines); Ghosts; Waiting for Godot and Therese Raquin (Glasgow Citizens).
Billy Seymour (Caliban) credits for stage include Secret Theatre; Saved (Lyric Hammersmith); Pornography (Tricycle Theatre / Tour); Pretend You Have Big Buildings (Royal Exchange); Christmas (Bush Theatre); Sing Yer Heart out for the Lads (National Theatre); Herons (Royal Court). For screen he has appeared in Crazyhead; Ripper Street; Privates; Rock and Chips; Any Human Heart; A Christmas Carol; Vera Drake and Mrs Henderson Presents.
Kristin Winters (Ariel) has trained at Tisch School of the Arts, the British American Drama Academy, École Jacques LeCoq and the National Youth Theatre. She has appeared in Richard II (Shakespeare in the Square); Bloody Poetry(Brooklyn Arts); Eurydice (Columbia Stages); The Love of the Nightingale (Insomnium Theatre) and Zanna Don’t (Edinburgh Fringe). For film she has appeared in Essex Stargate and Good Knight.