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Act 1 Scene 1
Boatswain You mar our labour: keep your cabins: you do assist the storm.
The play begins with a shipping forecast. The stage is hidden by a screen and we see the mariners through the speaker of a radio.
Photo by Suzanne Worthington © RSC
Act 1 Scene 2
Prospero Thy mother was a piece of virtue, and she said thou wast my daughter.
Prospero (Patrick Stewart) tells Miranda (Mariah Gale) about her background.
Photo by Manuel Harlon © RSC
Act 1 Scene 2
Prospero Dost thou forget from what a torment I did free thee?
Using his magic powers, Prospero (Patrick Stewart) has put Miranda (Mariah Gale) to sleep while he talks to Ariel (Julian Bleach).
Prospero I can here disarm thee with this stick and make thy weapon drop. Prospero (Patrick Stewart) causes Ferdinand (Nick Court) to freeze before he can strike with his axe.
Act 2 Scene 1
Gonzalo Now, good angels preserve the king!
Gonzalo (Jame Hayes) and Sebastian (John Hopkins) prepare to stab the sleeping lords. Ariel (Julian Bleach, top) wakes the lords up in time.
Photo by Manuel Harlan © RSC
Act 2 Scene 2
Stephano Open your mouth: this will shake your shaking, I can tell you.
Stephano (Joseph Alessi) arrives drunk and feeds Caliban (John Light) some alcohol. Trinculo (Craig Gazey) hides with Caliban.
Caliban A plague upon the tyrant that I serve!
Caliban (John Light) decides to follow Stephano (Joseph Alessi, centre) instead. Trinculo (Craig Gazey) watches.
Act 3 Scene 3
Alonso What harmony is this? My good friends, hark!
Three mysterious figures drag a sledge carrying a large seal. They leave, inviting the lords to eat it.
Ariel The powers, delaying, not forgetting, have incens'd the seas and shores…
Ariel (Julian Bleach) emerges from the seal's innards and speaks to the lords.
Act 4 Scene 1
Prospero Sit then, and talk with her, she is thine own.
Prospero (Patrick Stewart) leaves Ferdinand (Nick Court) with Miranda (Mariah Gale).
Ceres Scarcity and want shall shun you; Ceres' blessing so is on you.
Iris, Ceres and Juno (Allyson Brown, Emma Jay Thomas and Golda Rosheuvel) bless the wedding of Miranda (Mariah Gale) and Ferdinand (Nick Court).
Act 5 Scene 1
Boatswain If I did think, sir, I were well awake, I'd strive to tell you.
The Boatswain (Paul Barnhill) cannot explain how they survived the storm.
Act 5 Scene 1
Caliban How fine my master is! I am afraid he will chastise me.
Caliban (John Light) is brought before Prospero (Patrick Stewart).
Prospero As you from crimes would pardon'd be, let your indulgence set me free.
Prospero (Patrick Stewart) appeals to the audience for applause.
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