Now that we’re finished reading The Tempest, we come to the fun part: watching a performance! I’ve selected a recent (2017) performance of the play that took place at the annual Shakespeare festival at Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s hometown. The production values could be better, but it’s a solid staging. Use the link below to log in with your Le Moyne credentials:
Remember that closed captions can be turned off or on.
If you have any trouble with the above link, here is the homepage for Alexander Street, the digital library I’m using to get us access to Shakespeare performances. You can visit this page (also requires Le Moyne login) and search for The Tempest:
Post a comment about the 2017 Stratford-upon-Avon production of The Tempest below. Consider answering any of the following study questions:
1. How does this production deal with The Tempest‘s racially charged content? Do they make any choices that seem intended to reinterpret this content for a modern audience?
2. Were there any moments where the production changed your understanding of the play? Explain how.
3. Do you have comments on any other significant decision made by this production–casting, direction, editing, artistic direction, use of props, etc.? Is there something that you would have done differently?