The Tempest TRAILER @ Edward Alderton Theatre




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Published on May 8, 2014

Edward Alderton Theatre, 31 May - 7 June 2014 at 8pm (no performance Sunday). Box Office: 020 8301 5584

The Tempest was first performed in 1611. Most academics think it's Shakespeare's last solo-written play. It's a strong, simple story which takes place in real time and is peopled with brilliantly drawn characters. I like to think of it as Shakespeare for people who don't like Shakespeare. In a nutshell, you can follow it. (Which is more than you can say for a lot of his stuff.)

The play opens with a huge storm (hence the title) which wrecks various people on a remote island inhabited by a magician called Prospero (Richard Self), his young daughter Miranda (Ciara O'Hare), and the deformed savage Caliban (Maureen Hardwen). Also a Peter Pan-like fairy/sprite called Ariel (Louise Ody). He - or in my production she - flits in and out of the action, doing whatever the wily magician desires. She wants her freedom, and the only man who can give it is Prospero. Caliban also wants his freedom too, but this seems less likely, as he's really not a very pleasant individual. Miranda knows no freedom, but will soon find it in a sudden awakening to adulthood.

Washed ashore is dashing young Ferdinand (Darren Cullen), who falls in love with Miranda, naturally. Then there's his father Alonso (Martin Gilby), King of Naples, and his obsequious but prolix friend Gonzalo (Paul Friett). Alonso's brother Sebastian (Andy Masters) lurks in the background, scheming with his fellow conspirator Antonio (Kevin Coward), brother of Prospero. Light relief is provided by a jester called Trinculo (Steve Padgham) and a drunken butler called Stephano (Matt Friett) whose name no-one can pronounce properly. Lastly but not leastly, a worthy bosun (Ken Swann) pops up on the last page with a bit of handy exposition.

I am sure you will enjoy the unfolding plot, which is full of humour, invention and the odd surprise. And if you're worried about sitting through a turgid three-hour drama, don't be. Nicholas Hytner, director of the National Theatre, recently said, "To be true to Shakespeare you sometimes have to confront the incomprehensible stuff head-on, by cutting it-or even rewriting it." If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me. You'll be out by 10pm, promise!

Thanks to my wonderfully supportive cast, and to my brilliant back stage team of Sarah O'Hanlon, Janet and Bob Norton, Isabel Trafford, Mick Taylor, Roz Betts and Ian Long for all their hard work.

The Tempest is going to be a lot of fun-come along and share in the fun with us.

Mark Campbell, Director

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