Plays Directory : The Tempest

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    William Shakespeare
  • Setting
    Island
  • Overview
    Some twelve years before the play opens, Prospero, the Duke of Milan has his title usurped by his brother, Antonio, who in league with Alonso, King of Naples and his brother, Sebastian, effect a coup and put Prospero in a boat with his three year old daughter, Miranda. The boat drifts and eventually they are marooned on an island. With the aid of his books, wherein he has learned great magic, Prospero conquers the inhabitants of the Island-Ariel, a spirit of the air and Caliban, a creature that is the offspring of a witch and the devil. Propitiously, a ship bearing Prospero's enemies passes the island en route to a royal wedding. With the help of Ariel, Prospero creates a tempest that sinks the vessel. A number of people from the royal entourage: Alonso, Sebastian, Antonio, Gonzalo (a wise and good old councillor), Francisco and Adrian (two minor lords) are landed on one part of the island, while elsewhere, King Alonso's son, Ferdinand is landed by himself, and on still another part of the island, Stephano and Trinculo are landed, the King's butler and jester. The latter meet up with Caliban and together they plot to murder Prospero-this strand is the comic subplot of the piece and has much drunken, knockabout slapstick humour. Amongst the royal party, Alonso is grieving for his son, Ferdinand, who he presumes dead. Antonio goads Sebastian to kill Alonso and the others, and take the throne of Naples, but this plot, along with that of Caliban and the clowns is thwarted by Prospero with the aid of Ariel. Prospero has a plan of his own, however, to bring together his daughter, Miranda with Alonso's son, Ferdinand. The young couple fall in love at first sight and after many trials (posed by Prospero in order to ascertain their true feelings for each other) they become engaged. Prospero reunites Ferdinand with his father, Alonso and forgives those that wronged him. The boatswain and Master arrive to report the ship is ready to sail for home. Prospero prepares to return with them but first sets free Ariel then gives up his magic to go back with the others and take up his dukedom again.

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11 known characters

22 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Alex Ralls
Alex Ralls
Production Manager
2020, Production Manager
On Tour
Meg Farnworth
Meg Farnworth
Child Actor
2020, Alonso
Stephen Mawson
2019, gonzalo
Rachel Maleh
Rachel Maleh
Assistant Technician
2019, Technical Set Designer
Alamedas Point Collaborative
Abigail Clay
Abigail Clay
Actor
2019, Ariel
The Greenwich Theatre
Micah Richmond
2019, Calaban
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
Patrick Lintin
2019, Ferdinand and Sebastian
Kents Caverns
Katy Helps
Katy Helps
Actor
2019, Prospera/Trinculo
Georgie Fitton
2019, Sebastian
The Cockpit Theatre
Richie Daysh
Richie Daysh
Actor
2019, Boatswain / Spirit
Rose Theatre, York
Joe Samuels
Joe Samuels
Lighting Technician
2019, Lighting Designer/Programmer
The Cockpit
Alma Reising
Alma Reising
Actor
2019, Sebastian/Sycorax
Chipping Norton Theatre
Emily Pacey
Emily Pacey
Actor
2019, Miranda/Stephano/Alonso
Alma Reising
Alma Reising
Actor
2019, Gonzalo
The Brockley Jack
Madeleine MacMahon
2019, Sebastianne
Susan Barham
Susan Barham
Actor
2019, Iris and Boswain
St. Agnus Church Windsor
Izzy Weaver
Izzy Weaver
Actor
2019, Gonzalo/ Ferdinand
Alexander Da Fonseca
2019, Miranda
Greenwich Theatre
Ben Farquharson
2019, Caliban
The Cockpit
Nikolas Salmon
2019, Alonzo
Greenwich Theatre

Alternative Names

Key Stage 3 Workshop: The Tempest, Tempest, The Tempest by William Shakespeare