★★★★★ “A triumph” Birmingham Mail
★★★★★ “Outstanding, magical production” The Stage
★★★★★ “It gives the RSC’s production a run for its money, that’s for sure!” Break A Leg
★★★★“Stafford Shakespeare Festival has taken a centuries’ old production, given it a contemporary twist, and brought it to life for a whole new audience” Staffordshire Living
“Spellbinding open-air spectacle” Stoke Sentinel
“Something for everyone” Staffordshire Newsletter
“Prenton’s insightful direction and Frances Collier’s delightfully atmospheric set ensure it takes audiences on a memorable journey” British Theatre Guide
“A performance that was a glamorous as it was tempestuous” Express & Star
“An imaginative take on Shakespeare’s classic” Love Midlands Theatre
Acknowledged as Shakespeare’s final solo play, The Tempest is widely celebrated as one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting works. It follows the story of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, who becomes stranded on a largely uninhabited island where music, magic and supernatural creatures provide a strange education for him and his young daughter, Miranda. Twelve years have passed and Prospero has acquired some rough magic & self-taught mysticism as well as protecting his daughter from his wild slave, Caliban.
When Prospero's magic (with the help of his sprite, Ariel) causes a shipwreck, mayhem ensues in the course of one incredible day. Miranda falls in love with the shipwrecked Prince Ferdinand, murder plots are formed then abandoned, ﬁnally Prospero is reconciled with the brother who usurped him and all head safely home to Italy.
It’s a storm in a tea cup - but the SFS team will have everyone back home safe and sound in no time.
This twentieth century production is set against the backdrop of the glamour and elegance of the 1930s – the golden age of luxury cruise liners, Hollywood glamour and the dying days of vaudeville – all from a small Italian occupied island off the coast of Somalia.