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"Enter Prospero in His Magic Robes, And Ariel"

Alternative title
Shakespeare and Magic
Synopsis
Podcast from the Folger Shakespeare Library. In The Tempest, the magician Prospero conjures up a storm, charms his daughter to sleep, and uses his power to control Ariel and other spirits. Is this magic real, or is Prospero pulling off elaborate illusions? Fascinated by this question, and by Prospero’s relinquishing of magic at the play’s end, Teller (of the magic/comedy team Penn & Teller) co-directed a production of The Tempest with Aaron Posner at Chicago Shakespeare Theater in 2015 [see separate database entry]. In this episode of Teller joins Barbara Mowat, director of research emerita at the Folger and co-editor of the Folger Editions, to talk about magic in The Tempest and other Shakespeare plays, as well attitudes about magic in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England. Teller and Mowat are interviewed by Barbara Bogaev.
Series
Shakespeare Unlimited
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Audio
Recording date
8 Mar 2016
Duration
32 mins

Credits

Producer
Richard Paul
Contributor
Barbara Bogaev; Barbara Mowat; Teller

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Tempest, The
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); magic

Notes

Notes
Podcast: http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-43 (accessed 3/2016).

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.folger.edu/shakespeare-unlimited-episode-43
Online price
free
Online format
Streamed

Production Company

Name

R.L. Paul Productions

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