(Theatre Royal, Haymarket, 27 August – 29 October 2011)
I wanted so badly to enjoy this play, which I booked after seeing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at the same venue. It was the final treat of my summer holiday. I looked forward to seeing another production directed by Trevor Nunn; and I couldn’t wait to see Ralph Fiennes on stage again. When I saw him in Oedipus, at the National Theatre in 2008, his performance was raw, haunting, and stayed with me for days. I was sure that The Tempest would be a tour de force; but I’m sorry to say it fell short of expectations.