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:

Sophia Start
Sophia Start
Director
2018, Stage Manager
Jack Studio Theatre
James Lisk
James Lisk
Stage Manager
2017, Stage Manager
St John on the Wall's Crypt, Bristol
Becky Brown
Becky Brown
Stage Manager
2017, Stage Manager
Southwark Playhouse
Thomas Vowles
Thomas Vowles
Company Stage Manager
2016, Stage Manager
The Hippodrome - Great Yarmouth
Denis Twomey
Denis Twomey
Assistant Stage Manager
2016, Stage Manager
Redgrave Theatre
Eleanor Pappworth
Eleanor Pappworth
Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
Dominika Visy
Dominika Visy
Director
2015, Stage Manager
Eel Brook Theatre
Kathryn Sykes
Kathryn Sykes
Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
South Oxford Space - Brooklyn, NY
Christina Gazelidis
Christina Gazelidis
Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
Glamis Playground
Rachel Reeve
Rachel Reeve
Deputy Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
Siobhán Scott
Siobhán Scott
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Stage Manager
North Theatre, Beijing, China and Second Foreign Language University, Beijing, China
Rebecca Humphreys
Rebecca Humphreys
Admin Assistant
2014, Stage Manager
Oval House
Diane Pickell-Gore
Diane Pickell-Gore
Stage Manager
2014, Stage Manager
Mill Valley Ampitheatre
Alice McKay
Alice McKay
Assistant Stage Manager
2013, Stage Manager
The Lemon Tree
Ruth Moore
Ruth Moore
Stage Manager
2012, Stage Manager
Schools Tour
Haviva Avirom
Haviva Avirom
Dramaturg
2012, Stage Manager
Bethan Dawson
Bethan Dawson
Stage Manager
2012, Stage Manager
Elliot Dawes
Elliot Dawes
Carpenter
2011, Stage Manager
Harriet Stewart
Harriet Stewart
Stage Manager
2011, Stage Manager
St Giles Church- Barbican
Jackie Ellis
Jackie Ellis
Deputy Stage Manager
2010, Stage Manager

Alternative Names

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