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Tempest, The

Synopsis
Trevor Nunn discusses The Tempest and considers how much of Shakespeare’s last play is autobiographical.

Excerpts:

THE TEMPEST (1908). d. Percy Stow
FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) d. Fred Wilcox
THE TEMPEST (1979) d. Derek Jarman
THE TEMPEST (BBC, 1980) d. John Gorrie
THE TEMPEST (2010) d. Julie Taymor

There are also scenes from RSC rehearsals for their 2012 production directed by David Farr with Jonathan Slinger as Prospero; a production in a replica of the Blackfriars theatre in Staunton, Virginia directed by Jim Warren; Christopher Plummer as Prospero in a Stratford, Ontario 2010 production directed by Des McAnuff and scenes staged for the programme at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre directed by Rebecca Gatwood with Simon Paisley Day as Prospero.

Contributors: Jonathan Bate, Jerry Brotton, Justin Champion, Andrew Dickson, Dominic Dromgoole, David Farr, Marjorie Garber, Mark Kermode, Helen Mirren, Gail Kern Paster, Abigail Rokison, Jonathan Slinger, Julie Taymor, Ben Whishaw, Rowan Williams
Series
Shakespeare Uncovered
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
3 Jul 2012 (Channel: BBC4)

Credits

Director
Nicola Stockley
Producer
Nicola Stockley
Contributor
Abigail Rokison; Andrew Dickson; Ben Whishaw; David Farr; Dominic Dromgoole; Gail Kern Paster; Helen Mirren; Jerry Brotton; Jonathan Bate; Julie Taymor; Justin Champion; Marjorie Garber; Mark Kermode; Rowan Williams; Trevor Nunn
Cast
Simon Paisley DayProspero
Miriam DonaldMiranda
Michael BenzFerdinand
Jonathan Slinger 

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Rehearsals
Related items
Prefaces to Shakespeare

Notes

Notes
The six episodes in this series are available as a 2-disc DVD from MovieMail and other retailers with the title PREFACES TO SHAKESPEARE. The DVD is catalogued separately on this database. The DVD is catalogued separately on this database. The series is also released on DVD (Region 1) by PBS and sold as a 2-DVD set with the MY SHAKESPEARE series under the general title of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED.

Online Availability

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Online price
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Online format
Download

Production Company

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116 Films

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Blakeway Productions

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Thirteen/WNET

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