The Tempest - On Screen at Orcas Center

November 9, 2019
1:00p.m., running time 162 minutes
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Tiered Ticket Pricing: $12, $25, $47
Orcas Center Members receive $2 off

“Magic is in the air” (Broadway World) in the Stratford Festival’s latest production of Shakespeare’s final masterpiece, The Tempest, “an elaborate production with eye-popping costumes” (The New York Times), recorded live in 2019.

For twelve years, Prospero (Martha Henry), former Duchess of Milan and a practitioner of the magical arts, has been marooned on a remote island with her young daughter, Miranda (Mamie Zwettler). They landed there by chance after Prospero’s brother, Antonio (aided by Alonso, King of Naples), deposed her from her throne and cast her and Miranda—then not quite three years old—out to sea in a decaying and ill-equipped vessel. Prospero has spent her exile establishing dominion over the island’s other inhabitants, the monstrous creature Caliban (Michael Blake) and the spirit Ariel (André Morin).

Now, alerted by a sign in the heavens that Antonio and Alonso (Graham Abbey and David Collins) are within reach of her vengeance, she uses her magical powers to raise a storm at sea that brings them and the others aboard their ship, including Alonso’s son, Ferdinand (Sébastien Heins), to the same island. With Ariel’s help, Prospero orchestrates a confrontation with her old enemies—and a new destiny for Miranda. Befitting the play’s origins as the original sci-fi story, the production features “spectacular stagecraft” (Postmedia) and is filled with “giant monsters and sparkling special effects” (The Globe and Mail). “Seeing it is a joy” (Toronto Star).