The Tempest Project

The Tempest Project 

JULY 17-22, 2024

Evening shows, July 17-21. Doors at 6:30PM | Concert starts at 7:00PM
Matinees, July 20-22. Doors at 1:00PM | Concert starts at 1:30PM

Opening night, Wednesday, July 17 – SOLD OUT

Conceived by David Pay

Created in collaboration with The Tempest Project Company:
Aram Bajakian, guitar; Paolo Bortolussi, flute; Jessica Bournival, stage manager; Julia Chien, percussion; Alexis Douglas, production manager; Shayna Goldberg, producer; Dailin Hsieh, zheng; Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa, piano; Gabriel Kahane, composer; Saina Khaledi, santour and composer; Jonathan Lo, cello; David Pay, director; Alfredo Santa Ana, composer; Nancy Tam, sound designer and composer; Julia Ulehla, vocals; Melanie Yeats, dramaturg

TICKETS | From $30



IMPORTANT…Please note that due to the nature of this performance latecomers will not be admitted, please arrive at least 10 minutes before showtime.

inventive presentations of top-flight contemporary music


A roving musical adventure like you’ve never seen.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest, Music on Main’s The Tempest Project is a music-filled journey through a theatre enveloped in sound and light. Explore themes of revenge and forgiveness, love, magic, freedom, and betrayal as you plunge into this musically audacious production, which stands as a poetic response to universal challenges.

Led through the Vancouver Playhouse, audiences embark on a roving musical adventure, witnessing performances in unexpected places. Musicians weave intricate melodies into a rich musical fabric filled with mystery and beauty. As new spaces and sounds are discovered, new depths of meaning unfold.

The Tempest Project brings together leading musicians, composers, designers, and theatre-makers under the direction of David Pay. Promising to be an unforgettable experience, The Tempest Project is this summer’s must-see theatrical music event. There is a limited number of tickets available for each performance. Book yours today!

RBC is The Tempest Project’s Presenting Sponsor.

This production is supported by Vancouver Civic Theatres and the City of Vancouver; Michael Joy & Judi Hess; The McGrane-Pearson Endowment Fund, held at the Vancouver Foundation; the Deux-Mille Foundation; and the Hamber Foundation.

Led through the Vancouver Playhouse, audience will be invited to walk, use stairs, and stand as they immerse themselves in this musically audacious production. To ensure your accessibility needs are met, contact [email protected] or call 604-879-9888 after booking your ticket.

Music on Main offers a limited number of complimentary tickets to The Tempest Project for all self-identifying Indigenous peoples. This policy is informed by our commitment to recognize and honour the original and ongoing stewards of these lands. Likewise, MoM’s Indigenous Access policy is one way in which we strive to enact an ongoing practice of allyship, as we learn ways of being in right relationship. Tickets can be reserved by contacting [email protected] or by calling 604-879-9888.

Accessibility FAQs for The Tempest Project

Q: What can I expect in terms of movement during the show?

A: Audience members will be led by guides around the Vancouver Playhouse throughout the show. You will walk and be on your feet, including walking up and down stairs and standing for many of the performances. There will be some moments where seating will be available, but much of the experience will have audiences standing.

An accessible route will be available for those with mobility needs and those who require accommodations. 

Q: How do I arrange for accessibility accommodations?

A: If you require special accommodations, please contact us after purchasing your tickets and before your performance. Our team will be happy to assist you and ensure that all your needs are met. Contact [email protected] or call 604-879-9888.

Q: Are there any seats available for those who cannot stand for long periods?

A: The show is primarily designed for a roving audience, and there won’t be seats available for long periods. If you require a seat or other accommodation, please contact  [email protected] or call 604-879-9888.

Q: Are there accessible restroom facilities at the venue?

A: Yes, accessible restroom facilities are available at the venue. Please follow the signage or ask a staff member for directions upon arrival.

Q: Can I bring a mobility aid, such as a cane or wheelchair?

A: Absolutely. Assistive devices are welcome, and we will ensure that you can navigate the space comfortably with them. Please note that guides will lead groups of audiences on different pathways. To ensure a pathway suitable for your assistive device, please contact [email protected] or call 604-879-9888 in advance of your booked performance.

Q: Who can I contact for more accessibility information?

A: For more information or to discuss any specific accessibility needs, please reach out to [email protected] or call 604-879-9888. We are here to help!