Shakespeare's Globe

Ferdinand played by Dharmesh Patel

The Tempest (2016)
Written by: William Shakespeare

In his first season at the Globe, Dharmesh played the role of Ferdinand in The Tempest.

Dharmesh trained at Hope Street Physical Theatre School.

Previous work at Shakespeare’s Globe includes: Cymbeline.

Theatre includes: East is East (National Tour); Fever Dream: Southside (Citizens Theatre, Glasgow); Albion (Bush Theatre); Too Clever By Half (Manchester Exchange), The Snow Queen (Trestle Theatre Tour); King Lear, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Romeo and Juliet, American Trade, The Grain Store, Morte d’Arthur (RSC); Happy and Married? (Freedom Studios); Satyagraha (London Coliseum); Beauty and the Beast (Lyric Hammersmith); Accidental Death of an Anarchic (Bolton Octagon) and Slow Time (National Theatre).

Television includes: Casualty, Doctors, Casualty and Ray’s Daze.

Radio includes: Cooking by Heart, Love Boar, Jefferson 37, Silver Street and Wimmy Road.

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Performances 2

"It was that moment of live theatre where you go, ‘We have no idea whether he’s going to come down’. And you just heard this shout, coming down from the roof and he just started shouting his lines!"

As performances draw to a close, Dharmesh reflects on the run, including what went right and what went wrong!

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Performances 1

"There are things that I’ve done a few times which...maybe I shouldn’t say but I will! You start playing around with the audience a bit more, which I never did in the first couple of shows."

With performances underway, Dharmesh discusses improvising with the audiences, their reactions, and performing in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Rehearsals 2

"And that spectator just had an experience in theatre which no-one else will ever experience. And that's what I love about what we do: each night something will be incredibly different."

In his third interview, Dharmesh discusses his favourite moments from rehearsals, the relationship between actor and audience, and other relationships which are important in the play.

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Rehearsals 1

"We've got to do a dance and myself and Phoebe...well actually, I'm not going to speak for Phoebe. I can't dance! So the problem is playing a romantic lead who can't dance! My arms and legs just go in any direction they can!"

In his second interview, Dharmesh talks about the stages of the rehearsal process, the jig, and his most challenging task to date: learning to dance!

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Pre-rehearsal

"He's a young man that's lost at the start of the play, he's just lost everything in his world. And he meets Miranda, this beautiful goddess type of woman and he falls in love. And actually that transcends everything else that has gone before it."

In his first interview for The Tempest, Dharmesh discusses his character Ferdinand, his time at the RSC, and working at the Globe for the first time.

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