The Tempest in St. John on the Wall’s Crypt

Listed by: Justin Palmer

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By Insane Root

Following sold-out, critically acclaimed runs of Macbeth at the Redcliffe Caves (2015 & 2016) and Orpheus & Eurydice in the Suspension Bridge Vaults (2017), INSANE ROOT is thrilled to return this winter with a brand new production! We will be breathing new life into Shakespeare’s epic tale of magic, vengeance and redemption: THE TEMPEST. 


Hidden within the medieval walls of Bristol lies a magician’s library, full of old tales and forgotten secrets. Join its owner, the legendary Prospero, as music and memory transport him back to the island of his banishment. Here he must relive old rivalries, confront lost love and discover again what it means to be Master of the Elements.


THE TEMPEST in St John on the Wall’s Crypt is a genre-defying production featuring: a cast of four, the company’s hallmark live acapella harmonies and candle-lit surroundings. Insane Root have woven Shakespeare’s original text with brand new compositions by Ellie Showering to retell the story through the character of Prospero, years after the events of the play itself. 

6th – 24th December 2017 

(Previews Wednesday 6th December)

Wednesdays @ 7pm & 9pm

Thursdays @ 7pm & 9pm

Fridays @ 7pm, 9pm & 11pm

Saturdays @ 7pm, 9pm & 11pm

Sundays @ 5pm & 7pm*

*additional, exclusive Midnight Matinee on Christmas Eve at 11pm

Preview tickets £10, all other tickets £20


RUNNING TIME: Approx 60 mins. Please allow plenty of time to sign in at the Box Office  and allow transfer to the performance space. No latecomers will be admitted.


AGE RESTRICTIONS: Unsuitable for children under the age of 10; babes-in-arms not permitted.


VENUE LOCATION: Church of St John the Baptist – “St John on the Wall”, Broad St, Bristol, BS1 2EZ


ACCESS: Please note this performance has unreserved seating, and we cannot guarantee that you will be sitting with other members of your party. Access to the crypt is via three steep stone steps. Wheelchair access can be arranged only with prior contact with the company. 


TRANSPORT:  There is extremely limited pay-on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the Church. Broad Street Car Park, Nelson Street Car Park and Trenchard Street Car Park are all within walking distance of the crypt. We encourage our audience members to make use of public transport wherever possible – the crypt is a short walk from the city centre and well-serviced by bus routes. 


FACILITIES: Please note there are no toilet facilities in the Church or the crypt, but a number of nearby pubs are available for pre- and post-show drinks.


CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR: Personal torches are not required. Warm clothing is recommended. High heels and stillettos are not permitted in the crypt due to the damage they may cause to the floor. 




TICKETS: Tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.  In exceptional circumstances we may be able to transfer your tickets to another performance, but reserve the right to charge a small admin fee – and/or the difference in ticket price if relevant – for doing so. Tickets can only be guaranteed for your initial booking and only after we have received payment. 


Further restrictions may apply – please check at time of booking. 

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