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Stafford Festival Shakespeare gearing up for a magical production with 2017 play

Stafford Gatehouse Theatre management have announced that the production for Stafford Festival Shakespeare (SFS) 2017 will be The Tempest.

The creative team behind last year’s acclaimed production of OthelloDirector Clare Prenton, Music Director Craig Adams, and Production Designer Frances Collier – will reunite to showcase another Shakespearean masterpiece!

Acknowledged as Shakespeare’s final solo play, The Tempest is widely celebrated as one of Shakespeare’s most enchanting works. It follows the story of Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, who becomes stranded on a largely uninhabited island where music, magic and supernatural creatures provide a strange education for him and his young daughter, Miranda. Twelve years have passed and Prospero has acquired some rough magic & self-taught mysticism as well as protecting his daughter from his wild slave, Caliban.

When Prospero's magic (with the help of his sprite, Ariel) causes a shipwreck, mayhem ensues in the course of one incredible day. Miranda falls in love with the shipwrecked Prince Ferdinand, murder plots are formed then abandoned, finally Prospero is reconciled with the brother who usurped him and all head safely home to Italy.

It’s a storm in a tea cup - but the SFS team will have everyone back home safe and sound in no time.

This twentieth century production is set against the backdrop of the glamour and elegance of the 1930s – the golden age of luxury cruise liners, Hollywood glamour and the dying days of vaudeville – all from a small Italian occupied island off the coast of Somalia.

“We are delighted to announce that SFS 2017 will feature one of The Bard’s works that has not been performed at Stafford Castle for many years,” commented Producer Derrick Gask.

“It’s also great to welcome back Clare and the acclaimed creative team behind last year’s show for another exciting production. We have some fantastic, revolutionary ideas in the pipeline so keep your eyes peeled for some more announcements very soon”.

The Tempest will open on Thursday 22nd June and run until Saturday 8th July 2017 at Stafford Castle. Established in 1991, Stafford Festival Shakespeare has fast become one of Europe's largest open air Shakespeare productions.

For the first time in its 27 year, SFS 2017 will also feature a Sunday performance on 25th June at 5pm.

Next year’s production will once again be performed against the striking background of Stafford Castle, in a purpose-built auditorium under the stars.

Tickets will be available from Friday 11th November at 9.30am. Early Bird Tickets are available until January 31st 2017.

The early bird offer saves £3 per ticket on selected performances.

Full information can be obtained from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting the new website, www.staffordfestivalshakespeare.com.

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