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Next year, the 2017 Stafford Shakespeare Festival is proud to present Shakespeare's final solo work, The Tempest.

The creative team behind last year's acclaimed production of Othello, reunites for Shakespeare's fantastical feast of magic and wonder.

Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, has spent twelve years 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 and 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 we'll have you back home safe and sound in no time.

Stafford's twentieth century production of Shakespeare's final solo play - his most magical and musical - 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.

*Two Noble Kinsmen and Henry VIII came later with co-writers, but it is widely accepted that The Tempest was his last solo work.

“A winning production featuring powerful performances and an imaginative staging”
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