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

23 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Abigail Clay
Abigail Clay
Actor
2019, Ariel
The Greenwich Theatre
Geri McNamara
2019, Ariel
RADA
Suchiththa Wickremesooriya
2019, Ariel
Shoctor Theatre
Ben Felton
Ben Felton
Actor
2019, Ariel
The Cockpit Theatre
Amy Harding
Amy Harding
Actor
2019, Ariel
The Cockpit Theatre
Bethany O'Halloran
2019, Ariel
Cambridge
Charles Adey
Charles Adey
Actor
2018, Ariel
The Courtyard Theatre
Benjy Salt
Benjy Salt
Actor
2018, Ariel
Tutu's Theatre
Giulia Del Fabbro
2018, Ariel
Monkey House
Oliver McLellan
2018, Ariel
Drama Centre, London
Marie-Sophie de Felice
2018, Ariel
Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
William Pennington
2018, Ariel
Tour
Joanna Elizabeth Bott
2018, Ariel
Various, Yorkshire
Charlotte Christensen
2018, Ariel
St Paul's Church, Covent Garden
Will Males
Will Males
Actor
2018, Ariel
Howard Theatre, Downing College, Cambridge
Georgia Benson
2018, Ariel
Avondale Theatre
David Pustansky
2018, Ariel
Le Hotel Fourmey France
Carmella Brown
2018, Ariel
Jack Studio Theatre
Fleur de Wit
Fleur de Wit
Actor
2018, Ariel
The Theatre (Chipping Norton)
Chloé Booyens
2018, Ariel

Alternative Names

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