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|Tempest At Old Vic
- Derek Jacobi shakes up the West End
THE TEMPEST transfers from the Crucible theatre in Sheffield to the Old Vic January 16 2003. Michael Grandage's production stars Derek Jacobi and runs for eight weeks.
Shakespeare's late play looks like a favourite for artistic directors bidding farewell to old venues. The Tempest's focus on forgiveness, compassion and moving on makes the perfect parting production for Grandage as he leaves Sheffield for his new job helming London's Donmar Warehouse. Ian McDiarmid and Jonathon Kent likewise left the Almeida in a valedictory, watery version of the Tempest as they left their venue to the charge of Michael Attenborough.
The Bard's bittersweet play concerns an exiled Duke whose magical powers earn him control of the island where he raises his daughter. Jacobi's performances with the Royal Shakespeare Company prepare him for this starring role as Prospero in Grandage's production.