(Michael Billington’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/7.)

The Tempest, as Anne Barton once pointed out, is an obliging work of art. It can be seen, among myriad other things, as anti-colonialist tract, theatrical metaphor and spiritual allegory. And Trevor Nunn, in this new production, leans very much towards the last.

It's a deeply traditional production, with none of the startling innovations of a Rupert Goold, but one that coherently and satisfyingly treats the play as a parable about the triumph of virtue over vengeance.


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