The Tempest, one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, is the latest tale to be staged by Newcastle’s People’s Theatre.
The drama, widely thought to be the last play The Bard wrote alone, will begin performances next Tuesday. It is the latest in the Heaton venue’s season, following successful productions of Agatha Christie’s The Unexpected Guest and Antigone by Jean Anouilh.
Marooned on a remote island, Prospero, the usurped Duke of Milan, lives with his daughter Miranda and their two servants: the flighty spirit Ariel, and Caliban, the downtrodden witch-spawned drudge.
Prospero uses his magic powers to conjure up a storm, shipwrecking his wicked brother and his court on the island, placing them at his mercy.
But Shakespeare’s classic is no simple tale of revenge. The political intrigue and sibling rivalry at the heart of the tale are counterpointed by one of Jacobean theatre’s greatest evocations of love at first sight.
Romance and reconciliation win the day, with much roistering high-jinks, melodramatic sorcery, and knockabout comic interludes along the way.
The production is directed by Anna Dobson, who has previously directed pantomime at the theatre.
The Tempest is at the People’s Theatre from Tuesday March 7 to Saturday March 11. Tickets are £13.50 (£11 concessions). For more info, call the box office on 0191 265 5020 or click here