The Old Globe raises The Tempest

Ben Diskant as Ariel in The Tempest. Photo by Henry DiRocco

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life, is rounded with a sleep.” [Prospero – The Tempest, Act 4, sc. 1]

Get thee to San Diego to see The Old Globe’s The Tempest, for it is dramatic, funny, magical, and full of haunting and lovely original music by Shaun Davey. Directed by Adrian Noble with music direction by Charlie Reuter, the tale takes place on a deserted island, where Shakespeare’s final and most beloved masterpiece places the desire for revenge against the demands of love and captures the essence of the human condition with its compelling and timeless themes.

Marooned on a distant island with his daughter Miranda, Prospero has spent 12 years perfecting his magic. When he learns that a ship bearing his old enemies is sailing near the island, with the help of the spirit Ariel, he raises a torrential storm, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom. An enchanted tale filled with humor, romance and adventure, The Tempest is ultimately a story of redemption and forgiveness.

Here is what the critics are saying:

A “dreamy, elegant production” Los Angeles Times
 
“…imaginative and well-conceived…” North County Times

“Its climactic sea change arrives and subsides like a gently cresting wave, sounding a satisfying melody for the senses.”
Sign On San Diego

The Tempest runs through September 25. The Old Globe is also hosting two more informal question-and-answer sessions with cast members on Wed, August 24 and Tues, Sept. 6, and a series of Shakespeare in the Garden informal presentations of ideas and insights on Thurs, August 18 and Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Click Here for tickets and information about The Tempest and all of the shows on The Old Globe’s 2011 Summer Shakespeare Festival.

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