The Tempest

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O, brave new world that has such people in't!
– Miranda Act V Sc 1

Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda are castaways on a remote island.

Prospero conjures a tempest when he discovers his usurping brother and the complicit King of Naples on a ship nearby and lures them into his ethereal kingdom.

Prospero disarms Sebastian

Though this island seem to be desert
Uninhabitable and almost inaccessible
It must needs be of subtle, tender, and delicate temperance.
The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
– Adrian, Act II Sc 1

The shipwrecked souls do not realize that they are on the island as pawns as they embark on their own voyages of self-discovery through encounters with the island's reluctant colonisers and their slaves - a magical spirit and the deformed son of a witch.

This island's mine by Sycorax, my mother.
– Caliban, Act I Sc 2

The Tempest is one of Shakespeare's late works, and apparently the last play of which he was sole author. A masterpiece of dramatic invention, its repeated allusions to art, spectacle and illusion have led some to associate Prospero with Shakespeare himself.

Seated outdoors near the sea, be transported to an island that shows us what it means to be human. And as the day ends and swallows turn into stars, St Dogmaels Abbey creates its very own kind of magic.

Prospero conjures a vision of the goddesses Juno, Ceres and Iris


Alonso, King of NaplesSimon Beattie
Sebastian, Alonso's brotherGeorgina Ferry
Prospero, the rightful Duke of MilanRichard Mitchley
Antonio, Prospero's brother, the usurping Duke of MilanHeledd Hart
Ferdinand, son of Alonso and Prince of NaplesOscar Stafford
Gonzalo, an honest old Counsellor in Alonso's courtGeoffrey Summers
Adrian, a Lord in Alonso's courtEmma Hall
Francisco, a Lord in Alonso's courtTim Buck
Caliban, a savage and deformed SlaveWill Long
Trinculo, a JesterAmy Levene
Stephano, a drunken ButlerPhilip Gerken
Shipmaster, Master of a shipTim Chadwick
Boatswain, Boatswain on a shipTim Buck
Miranda, Daughter to ProsperoAngharad Evans
Ariel, an airy SpiritBeth Wardle, Jane Morris, Ed Long, John Holtorp
Iris, presented by Spirits in the MasqueEmma Hall
Ceres, presented by Spirits in the MasqueAmy Levene
Juno, presented by Spirits in the MasqueJessica Polkinghorne
Mariners, Nymphs, Reapers, Spirits attending on ProsperoHermione Miltiadou, Tim Chadwick, Tim Buck, Emma Hall, Ele Beattie, Mike Hall, Rebecca McClusky, Philip Gerken, Sam Morris, Harry Morris and Gabriel Pearcey


DirectorHenry Morris
Assistant directorsWill Long & Amy Levene
ComposerRichard Morris
Lighting designer & Technical directorDavid Long
SoundDominic Hargreaves
Stage carpenterWilliam Martin
Costume designerStephanie Ross
PropsPenny Miltiadou
PuppetsAmy Levene
Poster DesignDonald Richards, Daniel Clatworthy
Front of HouseJane Hall, Janet Painter
SetRobert Fitzmartin & Henry VIII


FluteEric Sheldon
ClarinetKaty Lawrence
BassoonBen Hardy
HornLaurence Matthews
TrumpetDan Webster
PercussionBeatrice Munby, Dan Webster
KeyboardsHenry Ward
ViolinsJo Wherry, Emma Booth
ViolaBeatrice Munby
CelloBob Dent