The Tempest 

directed by JOE DOWLING

Wurtele Thrust Stage

A parable of reconciliation

Prospera, the former Duchess of Milan, has spent many embittered years stranded on an island after being usurped by her ruthless brother, Antonio. Her only comforts are her daughter, Miranda, and her own magical powers, which Prospera uses to conjure a storm that brings several shipwreck survivors ashore, Antonio included. But when her intricate revenge plot puts Miranda’s future at risk, Prospera is caught between her desire to reclaim her rightful rule and her unwavering love for her daughter. Former Artistic Director Joe Dowling returns to the Guthrie to direct one of Shakespeare’s final and most heartfelt plays.

Three things to know

  • Former Guthrie Artistic Director Joe Dowling returns to the Guthrie for the first time since 2015 to direct this heartfelt and hopeful production.
  • Dowling casts a female actor in the lead role, which is traditionally played by a male actor, to focus on the mother-daughter relationship and explore new insights within the story.
  • The Tempest is often considered Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage and shines a spotlight on family relationships, justice and forgiveness.

Ticket info

Prices range from $15 to $80.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (February 26 – March 3). Hurry, these go quickly! 

Health and safety

At this time, all ticket holders must wear masks and show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 or a negative COVID-19 PCR test with a valid photo ID to attend a performance at the theater. Ticket holders under age 18 may provide a school photo ID or an official school document with the student’s name.

Shakespeare Classic

Join us Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. for the Shakespeare Classic — a popular event designed to introduce theater-loving youth to the enduring works of Shakespeare. All tickets for this performance of The Tempest are $10* and every patron receives a special program.

Ticket may be purchased by phone or in-person. Tickets are not available online.  

*Every order must have at least one but no more than two adults per young person between the ages of 10 and 17. 


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Relaxed performance 

The Guthrie will offer a relaxed performance of The Tempest on Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m. Although these performances are open to all patrons, they are intentionally modified to accommodate patrons with sensory and vestibular sensitivities, anxiety, dementia, autism spectrum disorders, learning differences or challenges attending the theater.

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Venue info

The Tempest will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

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Health & Safety

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Kevin Kling

Tuesday, December 7 at 7:30 p.m. 

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