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:

Charlie Morgan Jones
Charlie Morgan Jones
Lighting Designer
2017, Lighting Designer
UK Tour
Naomi Baldwin
Naomi Baldwin
Stage Manager
2016, Lighting Designer
Derby Theatre
Claire Childs
Claire Childs
Lighting Designer
2016, Lighting Designer
UK tour
Rory Beaton
Rory Beaton
Lighting Designer
2016, Lighting Designer
Brian Cox Studio, Glasgow
Chris Jaeger
Chris Jaeger
Lighting Designer
2015, Lighting Designer
Tom Kitney
Tom Kitney
Lighting Designer
2014, Lighting Designer
Waterloo East Theatre
Sherry Coenen
Sherry Coenen
Lighting Designer
2014, Lighting Designer
Tour
Ali Hunter
Ali Hunter
Lighting Designer
2014, Lighting Designer
ADC Theatre
Zoe Spurr
Zoe Spurr
Lighting Designer
2013, Lighting Designer
Edward Latymer Theatre
Ciarán Cunningham
Ciarán Cunningham
Lighting Designer
2013, Lighting designer
Lion & Unicorn Theatre
Dan Creasey
Dan Creasey
Lighting Designer
2013, Lighting Designer
UK & International Tour
Anna Sbokou
Anna Sbokou
Lighting Designer
2012, Lighting Designer
Drayton Theatre
John Gilroy
John Gilroy
Lighting Technician
2008, Lighting Designer
Bridewell theatre
Nicholas Holdridge
Nicholas Holdridge
Lighting Designer
2007, Lighting Designer
National tour
Lynn Jeong
Lynn Jeong
Lighting Designer
2007, Lighting designer
ACT theatre
Will Evans
Will Evans
Lighting Designer
2007, Lighting Designer
Theatre Royal Winchester
Oliver Halls
Oliver Halls
Lighting Designer
2005, Lighting Designer
Rose Bruford College
Jonathan Samuels - Sam
Jonathan Samuels - Sam
Lighting Designer
2005, Lighting Designer
Hobbs Factory, London

Alternative Names

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