The Sea Venture and The Tempest


The Sea Venture was a ship heading for the Virginia colony which was wrecked off Bermuda in 1609.

Shakespeare read a vivid account of the shipwreck, and two years later produced The Tempest.

Professor James Shapiro visited the cast of David Farr's production to talk to them about the play and its origins, as part of his BBC4 series, The King and the Playwright: A Jacobean History, examining the work of Shakespeare during King James I's reign.

Watch a clip from the programme.

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