Illyria: The Tempest

Taking place at

Aberdeen City & Shire


24 Jul


It’s time for another amazing season of outdoor theatre at Drum! Dust down those folding chairs and waterproofs, and head on down to the South Lawn. Sumptuous refreshments will be available from Drum’s tea tent.

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they’re driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero – until Prospero learns that, in spite of everything, Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater – his thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?


In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home turf: Shakespearean comedy. The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote on his own, is lyrical, thought provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was first performed, it still has the capacity to surprise!


Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies, Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they’ve performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John o’Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They’re the only UK open-air touring company to have won 4 international awards.


Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (including 20-minute interval)


Adult: £15

Child (3–18): £12

Concession (over 60s/students): £12

Dates & Times

Wednesday 24 July


Child (3 - 18)
Under 3