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Tempest, The

Synopsis
Televised adaptation of the play directed by Basil Coleman with Michael Redgrave as Prospero, Keith Michell as Caliban and Ronald Pickup as Ariel. Dancing support by ‘The Ballet Rambert’.
Series
Play of the Month
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Transmission details
12 May 1968 at 21:15 (Channel: BBC1)
Duration
115 mins
Availability
No archive copy traced

Credits

Director
Basil Coleman
Producer
Cedric Messina
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Raymond Leppard
Art Direction
Tony Abbott
Cast
Michael RedgraveProspero
Tessa WyattMiranda
Ronald PickupAriel
Keith MichellCaliban
Jonathan DennisFerdinand
Ann KennedyCeres
Donald EcclesGonzalo
Douglas RainStephano
Hilary TindallIris
Jack MacGowranTrinculo
James CairncrossAlonso
Jeanne MoodyJuno
John HortonAdrian
John WoodvineSebastian
Llewellyn ReesFrancisco
Paul HardwickAntonio

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
The BBC Audience Research Viewing Panel report noted some viewers found the plot ‘abtruse and fanciful’ and there was widespread criticism of the storm effects at the beginning which drowned out the dialogue. The bleak and stark sets evoked in one viewer ‘a sun-bleached, salty emptiness’.
History
Part of a series of eight Shakespeareare plays produced for BBC by Cedric Messina, who was to launch the production of the BBC TV Shakespeare series three years later.
Figures
Reaction Index 69.

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

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