Tempest Tossed to be performed at Preston Guild Hall

Posted on - 18th January, 2017 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Preston City Centre, Things to Do in and around Preston, What's On in Preston
Faye Sheffield and Sean Galdo in rehearsals

Faye Sheffield and Sean Galdo in rehearsals

A radically re-imagined version of Shakespeare’s The Tempest is coming to Preston.


Performed to celebrate 30 years of the uneasy theatre company the Guild Hall’s Lancaster Suite is being used for the intimate performance.

Run by Pete Hartley the group stems from January 1987 at Cardian Newman College.

He said: “We offered this show to a couple of arts outlets including the Continental, but it was the rejuvenated Guild Hall that took the keenest interest and we are delighted to be using one of their more intimate spaces – the Lancaster Suite.

“We’ll be performing on a tiny stage used for their comedy nights – so it will add a level of challenge and amusement.”

“My mantra has always been one of innovation and experimentation and in keeping with that this show might unsettle some. We must be clear that it is not Shakespeare’s Tempest – with ninety-nine percent of his text being replaced by modern language, but it is very heavily based on that play and explores the themes anew for the digital and technological age in which we live.”

Pete Hartley and Faye Sheffield

Pete Hartley and Faye Sheffield

The show is performed by a cast of five.

Read more: Hamlet for the ‘Game of Thrones’ generation comes to Preston

Performed on Wednesday 15 February and Thursday 16 February from 8pm, tickets are £9 and available from the Guild Hall website or by calling 01772804444.

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