The Old Vic Theatre presents The Tempest as part of “The Bridge Project”, now in its third year. Like other productions in the project, it is to be directed by acclaimed film and stage director Sam Mendes, whilst the actors consist of Christian Camargo, Juliet Rylance, Michelle Beck, Ron Cephas Jones, Stephen Dillane and Thomas Sadoski. This talented team also take on the challenge of bringing “As You Like It” to the stage as part of the same venture.
The Tempest is remembered for many things, one of which is that it is often regarded as one of Shakespeare’s greatest achievements as a playwright. Another is that it is believed to be his last surviving play, which he penned between 1610 and 1611 and then staged in 1611. Whilst there is still much to be discovered about Shakespeare, The Tempest was certainly a play that defined his style, with themes of love and fantasy that were common with his world famous back catalogue.
Following the perils of Prospero - the Duke of Milan - The Tempest deals with the aftermath of his usurpation at the hands of his brother Antonio - an act that leaves him without his kingdom, without his dukedom and even without a home. Prospero, whilst ruling a nation, had spent more time practising magic than tending to the needs of his people and he has paid the price dearly, now confined to a boat at sea alongside his daughter. Spotting an island, they decide to make a new life for themselves, constructing a new home and using his magic to help along the way. But when they spot a passing ship, Prospero seizes the opportunity to deliver to himself those responsible for his demise from power; he conjures up a storm and exacts his revenge upon the traitors, including old friends and his treacherous brother.
Director Sam Mendes has been best known for his work as a film director in recent years, with his breakout hit “American Beauty” providing him with an Academy Award for Best Director and sealing his career for years to come. Since then he has been behind the likes of “Revolutionary Road”, “Jarhead”, “Away We Go” and “Road to Perdition”. For the stage he made his career with productions such as “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice” at the National Theatre in 1992, as well as “Assassins” at the Donmar Warehouse and “The Blue Room” at the Donmar Warehouse, which starred Nicole Kidman and Iain Glen.
The Tempest appears at the Old Vic Theatre from Saturday 12th June 2010 to Saturday 21st August 2010.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 12th June 2010|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 21st August 2010|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2pm|
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