This summer The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, in their fourteenth successful year at Stanley Hall, are bringing us Shakespeare’s spellbinding masterpiece The Tempest – a play of soaring poetry, high comedy and tender love.
“We are such stuff as dreams are made on”
Shakespeare’s late, great gem, widely believed to be the last full play he wrote alone, examines the power of true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive. A play that has mesmerised and moved audiences for over 400 years is just as relevant and powerful today.
“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.”
Peter Stickney, Artistic Director, says, “With some of Shakespeare’s most memorable speeches and packed with famous characters – from the elemental and ethereal Caliban and Ariel to the comic clowns Trinculo and Stephano and the enchanting force that unites them all, Prospero – The Tempest is a spectacular play and is especially suited to the moated island at Stanley Hall. A truly theatrical play like this, set outdoors and in our trademark style bursting with song and magic makes for a summer’s afternoon not to be missed!”
A brief plot synopsis…
Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda after being cast out from their home are washed up on a distant, mystical island. 12 years later his enemies are blown off course towards them. Using his powers of magic he raises a tempest to shipwreck them on the island. After being left to plot his revenge for years he finally has the chance to exact it. But will he?
About The Lord Chamberlain’s Men
Founded in 2004, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are the modern incarnation of Shakespeare’s original company of the same name. Performing with an all male cast, they present authentic, excellent and magical productions of Shakespeare’s finest plays bringing to vivid and accessible life the greatest works of drama, as they would first have been performed. Peter Stickney took over the company as Artistic Director and Chief Executive in 2016.