Glorious summer sunshine for open-air production of The Tempest at King’s Ely


Tuesday 12 June 2018



Around 200 people came together in the beautiful gardens of King’s Ely’s Old Palace to see the spellbinding Shakespeare play, The Tempest.

The slimmed down but boisterous production was staged by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men on the evening of 6 June.

Director of Drama and Theatre at King’s Ely, Nick Huntington, said: “The usual troupe of seven male actors donned Elizabethan attire and treated the audience to a fast paced and energetic production. Only minutes after the Artistic Director, Peter Stickney, and his team had finished rebuilding the stage, the doors were open for a glorious evening, flooded with summer sun, and much merriment was had by parents, teachers, students and the public. We look forward to their return next summer!”

Founded in 2004, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men are the modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s original company of the same name. Performing with an all-male cast, they present authentic and magical productions of Shakespeare’s finest plays bringing to vivid and accessible life the greatest works of drama, as they would first have been performed. Peter Stickney took over the company as Artistic Director and Chief Executive in 2016.

The Tempest was premiered at the prestigious Brighton Festival, before heading off on a tour around the UK that takes in the most significant and visually stunning castles, cathedrals and stately homes, finishing their tour in mainland Europe in September.