The Royal Shakespeare Company

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

Edited and directed by Aileen Gonsalves

Using an edited version of the original language, this version of The Tempest made the perfect introduction to Shakespeare for 8-13 year olds.

On a crazy island swirling with sounds, exiled Duke Prospero uses magic to create a home within the wilderness.

As his beloved daughter Miranda falls in love with a shipwrecked stranger from their homeland, she rebels against his power. Prospero must risk forgiving those who betrayed him, or lose her forever.

Fun, fantasy and sorcery collide in this gripping story of how love and reconciliation can conquer fear and control. The play was designed as an ideal first experience of Shakespeare for anyone aged eight and above. Using Shakespeare's original language, this edited version lasted 90 minutes and included a fully interactive introduction to the world of the play.

This production performed in Stratford-upon-Avon and in venues around the UK in 2017. 


Alison Arnopp - Stephana/Sebastienne
Laura Cairns - Trincula/Alonsa 
Elly Condron - Miranda
Caleb Frederick - Antonio
Sarah Kameela Impey - Ariel
Matthew McPherson - Caliban
Darren Raymond - Prospero
Oliver Towse - Ferdinand


Aileen Gonsalves - Director
Kate McStraw - Designer
Sianed Jones - Music
Lucy Cullingford - Movement