WORCESTER REPERTORY COMPANY PRESENTS THE TEMPEST
Before the Worcester Repertory Company step onto Huntingdon Hall’s stage next week for their production of The Tempest, Acting Artistic Director Ben Humphrey explains why they’re treading off the boards…
The Worcester Repertory Company has staged shows in a wide variety of venues over the past decade, including The Commandery, Malvern Priory, Hereford Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, and even an international transfer to the National Theatre of Romania with their critically acclaimed production of The Comedy of Errors.
Their opening show of the 2019-20 season is set to continue that good work with a unique production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest which is to be staged in the city centre’s Huntingdon Hall. The venue boasts an incredible atmosphere, central location and one of the finest acoustics in the region and yet has never been used to stage a professional theatrical production before. Acting Artistic Director, Ben Humphrey is keen to show people that the 18th century Grade II* listed building is more than a music hall.
Ben explains, “I think that once people see a venue as one thing it is difficult to get out of that habit. There’s been a lack of imagination when it comes to the Huntingdon Hall and the truth of the matter is that it is one of the most fabulous spaces that Worcestershire has to offer. This production will be unlike anything that anyone has seen there before. That’s what creating new and interesting theatre should be about.”
Although the production is not without its challenges Ben is convinced that the hard work will pay off.
“There are lots of elements to using the space that will be difficult. The lighting rig, the stage, and the production area are all incredibly difficult to work with. So, we’re bringing in a new lighting rig, rebuilding the stage and approaching things with a ‘can do’ attitude. We’ve got an award-winning creative team, a phenomenal cast and a space where you can see and hear everything. I cannot wait to get started on it.”
The production will have a limited run from 24th– 28thSeptember 2019, so there is only a short space of time to see this innovative and unique show before it closes. Ben believes that’s what makes the Worcester Rep and others like it such exciting companies.
“You can’t see this anywhere else. It’s not on tour and it’s not going to be transferred. That’s the brilliant thing about regional theatre…it is unique. It’s the entire backbone of the industry and some of the most creative and innovative work you’ll see in the UK. I am hoping that this production of The Tempest will add to that body of work.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to see this truly unique staging of Shakespeare’s classic masterpiece in one of Worcester’s most spectacular venues.
The Tempest runs from 24th– 28th September 2019 at Huntingdon Hall in Crowngate. For more information and tickets visit www.worcester-rep.co.uk/thetempest or call the Worcester Live Box Office on 01905 611427.