Shakespeare's Globe

Ariel played by Pippa Nixon

The Tempest (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare

Pippa Nixon returns to the Globe to play Ariel in The Tempest, in her first performance in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Pippa trained at Manchester Metropolitan School of Theatre.

Previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Tom of Athens, Merchant of Venice and Holding Fire!

Other theatre includes: Therese Raquin (Theatre Royal Bath); As You Like It, Hamlet, King John, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cardenio, The City Madam, Days of Significance (RSC); Bea and Joe Guy (Soho Theatre).

Film credits include:  Containment, Hero, Panic, John Carter of Mars and Mr Late.

Television credits include: Midsomer Murders, Unforgotten, Cuffs, Grantchester, Law and Order UK and 24 Seven

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"To be able to play that part in that space that feels like it suits it so well and being able to be really intimate and subtle and delicate, I don't think I could have asked for a better space to play that part in."

With performances drawing to a close, Pippa looks back on playing a female Ariel, her favourite moments from performances, and her impressive costumes.

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"To see how it all works in the space is great. I come in and out of all of the different entrances and exits and running past people's feet. And it's nice that the people move out the way, almost as if I am untouchable."

In her third interview, Pippa discusses performing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, Ariel's relationship with the audience, and developing relationships with characters she doesn't even talk to.

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"Dominic has had some really interesting ideas with staging Ariel and I think I get called 'delicate Ariel' a number of times. So we're trying to explore what 'delicate' means and how we can use that in many different ways."

In her second interview, Pippa talks about how her approach to Ariel, music and costumes in the play, and working on Artistic Director Dominic Dromgoole's last Globe production.

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"Ariel is sort of curious by these other people that are starting to come onto the island, but is very much under the workings of Prospero. But that's not to say she doesn't have her own thoughts."

In her first interview for The Tempest, Pippa talks about Ariel's relationship with others, how familiar she was with the play before starting, and playing a female Ariel

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