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Preview: Tempest at Newcastle People’s Theatre
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Marooned on a remote island, Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, lives with his daughter Miranda and their two servants: the flighty spirit Ariel, and Caliban, the downtrodden witch-spawned drudge.
Prospero uses his magic powers to conjure up a storm, shipwrecking his wicked brother and his court on the island, placing them at his mercy. But Shakespeare’s classic is no simple tale of revenge. The political intrigue and sibling rivalry at the heart of the tale are counterpointed by one of Jacobean theatre’s greatest evocations of love at first sight.
Romance and reconciliation win the day, with much roistering high-jinks, melodramatic sorcery, and knockabout comic interludes along the way.
“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises; Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”
Tony Childs as Prospero
Photo: Paula Smart
The Tempest is famously the most musical of the Bard’s dramas, with haunting songs and an enchanted masque. The director, Anna Dobson, is no stranger to extravaganza, having produced our very successful Pantos in recent years. Her take on Shakespeare’s late masterpiece is of course much more subtle, but no less engaging, so look out for some weird and wonderful spectacle!
Photo: Paula Smart
The Tempest comes to The People’s Theatre, Stephenson Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE6 5QF on Tuesday 7th to Saturday 11th March 2017 at 7:30pm
Tickets cost: £13.50 (Concessions £11) and can be obtained from the box office on 0191 265 5020 or from the website: www.peoplestheatre.co.uk