The Tempest

Maidment Theatre - Old Arts Quad, Auckland

25/02/2009 - 14/03/2009

Production Details

Outdoor Summer Shakespeare presents The Tempest by William Shakespeare, being performed at the Old Arts Quad of the Maidment Theatre in Auckland. 

"A return to the romance of Shakespeare and outdoor performance."

About Outdoor Summer Shakespeare
From the humble beginnings of ‘Hamlet’ in 1963 through to the large-scale, popular productions of recent years, the Outdoor Summer Shakespeare is a timeless tradition.

Based at the University of Auckland in and around the original Auckland City wall it offers one of Auckland’s best theatre experiences.

About the Director: 
Roderick D Morgan, born into the world of stagecraft during his three years studying in the University of Auckland’s drama department, has become a force in local student theatre.

The University of Auckland Theatre scene has allowed Roderick’s creative virtuosity to run free. This year’s production of The Tempest is a straight interpretation of the Bard’s work and as a result one that breaks from recent Summer Shakespeare tradition. In keeping with his trademark style and the issues discussed in pervious works, this years Tempest leans toward the unostentatious and delves into the deeply psychological.

Please note: this production is staged outdoors on the Old Arts Quad grassed area behind the Clock Tower. This is a general admission show – no allocated seat numbers. Tickets are available in grandstand-style seating or bring blankets and pillows to enjoy the play from the picnic area in front of the stage (collapsable chairs or seats that may obstruct other patrons views will not be permitted). In the event of rain performances may be cancelled and tickets refunded or transferred.

Tickets available from The Maidment theatre by phoning (09) 308 2383 or visit
Adults $25, Students$17.
Wed 25 Feb 09 – Sat 14 Mar 09, on Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, 7:30pm
Maidment Theatre, 8 Alfred Street, Auckland University Campus, Auckland

alex gander, candice de viller, edward clendon, steph lee, roderick morgan

Fresh faces rise to the challenge of Bard’s poetry

Review by Paul Simei-Barton 02nd Mar 2009

I was fortunate to catch Auckland University’s Summer Shakespeare before the weekend’s stormy weather put a dampener on the season. The event has transferred to a corner of Old Government House gardens, where an eclectic blend of mature oaks and lush subtropicals offer the perfect setting for the strange music of Shakespeare’s enchanted island.

The many ambiguities of The Tempest have made it a favourite for post-structuralists and post-colonial theorists but director Roderick Morgan has refreshingly claimed the aegis of a "traditional" approach. [More]


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