Shakespeare Festival 2018

The UK’s premier all male theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, return to Norwich Cathedral to perform Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest, amidst the beautiful open air surroundings of the Cathedral Cloisters.


This year there will again be two performances, at 7.00pm on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 July 2018.


Priced £20 for adults and £18 for concessions (over 60s, NUS & under-16s).


Please click here to visit our secure online booking page. You can also buy your tickets at the Norwich Theatre Royal box office (01603 630000).

Helpful information

Doors open at 6.00pm, with the performance starting at 7.00pm.

Refreshments will be available to purchase from the pop-up Refectory Café/Bar before the performance and during the interval, with items such as sausage rolls, pasties, cakes, crisps and chocolate. Whilst you are welcome to bring a picnic with you, we politely ask that you only consume alcoholic drinks purchased from our licensed bar.

Plastic fold out seating will be provided. You are welcome to bring a cushion with you, or set out your own chairs towards the back of the Cloisters (behind the provided seating).

Parking in the Cathedral Close is limited and available on a first come first served basis. There is additional parking available nearby in the city, including at the multi storey car parks at Rose Lane and Duke Street and the St Helen's Wharf pay & display car park.

The production continues in all but the very worst weather!

About the play

“My spirits, as in a dream, are all bound up.”

12 years ago, Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his brother washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter, Miranda. A place where his magical powers reign supreme and the only inhabitants of the island, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. In this strange new kingdom, he is left to brood.

“Be not afeared. The isle is full of noises,
Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”

Now his enemies, his brother Antonio, who supplanted him as Duke, and Alonso, King of Naples, whilst sailing home are blown, by fortune, off course towards him. Prospero raises a tempestuous storm that shipwrecks them. Scattered across the island the boat’s passengers are tested and tormented as they
are magically drawn towards their fate. Left to plot his revenge for years Prospero finally has the chance to exact it. But will he?

This play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love, Shakespeare’s late, great gem, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive.

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”

Come and spend a glorious summer evening watching this enchanting, fast-paced production of one of
Shakespeare’s finest plays. Performed in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.