The Tempest

Staged Play

The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, estimated to have been written in 1610–11, although some researchers have argued for an earlier dating. The play's protagonist, Prospero, has been usurped by his brother Antonio and the King of Naples Alonso. Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda have been put into a tiny boat and sent away to an island far away from humanity.

  • Its Type

    Staged Play                   

  • The Thing

    The Tempest                                       

About:

Mentioned In 110 Books

See All
  • For the Independent, Anthony Lane had severe reservations: “It is all very well asking us to imagine the whole of The Tempest being played out on the stage of Prospero’s capacious brain … he can wheedle his enemies into the storm as he splashes about in his bath, or freeze them as if they were celluloid and he the divine projectionist. Gielgud’s Prospero is sadist, conjuror and scribe … he bosses everyone else around and speaks almost all the lines, rolling the pentameters around like an archbishop tasting burgundy … the trouble is that Greenaway, unlike Shakespeare, never bothers to make it clear who anybody is—the men all wear ruffs the size of dustbin lids and the kind of platform clogs that you would hire from Elton John … Oh, wow, you think, isn’t that Tom Bell, imagine him dressed up like that, what a plonker he must feel … and isn’t that the baldie from Monsieur Hire? And look, that’s the guy from all the Bergman films. Hang on, you must be Gonzalo, so which is Antonio, and where the hell is Sebastian? Michael Nyman’s music still parps on in its dreary Rolf Harris stylophone way, and finally the players break off and sidle past the camera, looking really embarrassed. Our revels now are ended, and thank God.”

    Sheridan MorleyJohn Gielgud

From This Book

See More About This Book
  • John Gielgud

    2010
    Sheridan Morley

  • The Age of Shakespeare

    2005
    Frank Kermode

  • Wicked Company

    2010
    Ciji Ware

  • The Good People of New York

    2002
    Thisbe Nissen

  • Married to Laughter

    2000
    Jerry Stiller

  • The Mountain of the Women

    2002
    Liam Clancy

  • Anecdotes of Destiny and Ehrengard

    1993
    Karen Blixen

  • In Spite of Myself

    2008
    Christopher Plummer

  • Family Acts

    2007
    Louise Shaffer

  • Palace Council

    2008
    Stephen L. Carter

  • Being Shelley

    2008
    Ann Wroe

  • Lives of the Poets

    2000
    Michael Schmidt

  • Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

    2010
    Geoff Dyer

  • In the Frame

    2011
    Helen Mirren

  • The Edge of Doom

    #14 of 14 (2003)
    Carolyn G. Heilbrun

  • The Mulberry Empire

    2002
    Philip Hensher

  • The Pilgrim

    2011
    Hugh Nissenson

  • Victory

    1915
    Joseph Conrad

  • A Red Herring Without Mustard

    2011
    Alan Bradley

  • Satisfy My Soul

    2003
    Colin Channer

  • Masks of the Illuminati

    1990
    Robert A. Wilson


Found in these Collections

Other Staged Plays Mentioned in Books

See All

Most Referenced Staged Plays

See All

- ,  

Award Name Goes Here
Add to your Collections

This book is shown because it is in a series or by an author you have added

Coming soon!

We take content seriously. If you believe this page contains offensive, threatening or otherwise abusive content, please let us know.


See the Small Demons Community Standards for more details.

Play the 30 seconds preview
provided by the iTunes Store

Listen on Spotify

Close

Sign in: Choose an option below Temporarily Disabled

No matching email and password combination

Please make sure that you entered your email address and password correctly. If you don’t yet have an account, you can create an account.

Hello, are you new here?

Your Facebook account doesn’t seem to be tied to an existing Small Demons account. To connect to an existing account, please sign in below. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create an account.

Hello, are you new here?

Your Twitter account doesn’t seem to be tied to an existing Small Demons account. To connect to an existing account, please sign in below. If you don’t have an account yet, you can create an account.

We're sorry

This account can no longer be used to sign into Small Demons. Please contact Customer Service for more details.

Reopen this Account?

This Small Demons account was recently closed. You can reopen it by clicking the button below:

Reopen this Account?

This Small Demons account tied to this Facebook account was recently closed. You can reopen it by clicking the button below:

Reopen this Account?

This Small Demons account tied to this Twitter account was recently closed. You can reopen it by clicking the button below:

Working...

Forgot your password? Don’t have an account?

Sorry!

We have temporarily disabled some features —including sign in— while we make changes to the site.

Will you try later?

Sign in: Forgot my password Temporarily Disabled

Forgot your password?

Enter the email address associated with your account and we’ll send you a message with a link to reset your password.

Take me back to Sign in

Please check your Inbox.

We’ve sent you an email to the address you provided with a link to reset your password. If you don’t see it in your inbox there’s a chance it could’ve gone to your junk mail folder.

Continue Let us know about a problem

Sorry!

We have temporarily disabled some features —including resetting your password— while we make changes to the site.

Will you try later?