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The Tempest (1932/3)
Romeo & Juliet Programme Image The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, estimated to have been written in 1610�11. The play's protagonist, Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, has been usurped by his brother Antonio and Alonso, the King of Naples. Prospero and his daughter Miranda have been put into a tiny boat and sent away to a deserted island far from civilisation. When Prospero comes ashore, he finds two inhabitants there: Ariel, a spirit, and Caliban, presumed to be Ariel's brother. The witch Sycorax, who died years before Prospero's arrival, had imprisoned Ariel in a tree. Prospero frees Ariel, who becomes bound to serve him. For the next twelve years, Prospero practices his sorcery, ultimately raising a tempest that drives his usurpers ashore and the action of the play begins to unfold. The entire play takes place on the island, where the native inhabitants, Ariel and Caliban, aid or hinder his work. Full synopsis or Gallery.


Ariel: Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark! now I hear them, ding-dong, bell.

Miranda: How many goodly creatures are there here!
How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
That has such people in't!

Prospero: Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits, and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capped towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve,
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on; and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.

cast list production credits
Antonio Alastair Sim Director Frank Napier
Miranda Peggy Ashcroft Playwright Shakespeare
Prospero Harcourt Williams Theatre The Old Vic
Trinculo Roger Livesey Presented by Lilian Bayliss
Sebastian Charles Hickman Produced by Harcourt Williams
Caliban Malcom Keen    
Ariel Lesley French    
Gonzalo Geoofrey Wincott

The Tempest Cast List

Boatswain Anthony Quayle
Alonso George Devine
Ferdinand William Fox
Francisco Gordon Brown
Adrian Marius Goring
Stephano Morland Graham
Iris R W Owen
Juno Valerie Tudor
Interesting facts

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In 1932/33 Alastair started his second season at he The Old Vic where Malcom Kean and Peggy Ashcroft were leading the company.