Colin Morgan to star opposite The Thick Of It’s Roger Allam in The Tempest at Shakespeare’s Globe

The Merlin actor will play Ariel in a new season of productions at the London theatre

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From one magical role to another, Merlin actor Colin Morgan has been cast as mischevious spirit Ariel in a new production of The Tempest. The play – which is to be staged at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre – will co-star The Thick of It’s Roger Allam as Prospero and I’d Do Anything hopeful Jessie Buckley as Miranda. 

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Following his five series run in Merlin, Morgan’s next project is BBC1’s Quirke in which he appears as Jimmy Minor in the three-part drama’s final episode. The actor recently took home the Best Actor Award at the National Television Awards for his starring role as Arthur’s right-hand man. 

Morgan’s co-star Richard Allam is returning to Shakespeare following an Olivier Award-winning performance playing Falstaff in Henry IV Parts 1 & 2 in 2010. 

The Tempest is just one of a raft of new shows to be staged at the Globe this season, including productions of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Macbeth as well as a version of ancient Greek tragedy The Bacchae (renamed The Lightning Child) which will feature songs from Doctor Who’s very own Arthur Darvill. 

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The Tempest will open at Shakespeare’s Globe on Tuesday 23 April.