Welcome to our Live Lesson page, supporting the 2023 production of The Tempest

Alex Kingston as Prospero in the 2023 production

The Tempest Live Lesson

The Live Lesson is approximately 1 hour long but as an on-demand video, you can watch it at your own speed, focus on key elements or pause for in-class discussions.

The link below will take you through to YouTube where you can watch the Live Lesson on-demand. If you need help setting up to watch the broadcast, please read our Technical Requirements. If you are still experiencing technical problems, you can contact our team at schoolsbroadcast@rsc.org.uk.


About the production

The lesson will feature cast and creatives from our 2023 production including Director Elizabeth Freestone and actors Alex Kingston (Prospero), Heledd Gwynn (Ariel) and Tommy Sim’aan (Caliban).

This production asks us to examine the delicate balance in our personal relationships as well as with the fragile ecosystems around us. What damage do we do to each other – and to the natural world? In the end, young love brings hope for a better life: perhaps healing ourselves and mending the planet are one and the same thing. 

The design of this production was heavily influenced by sustainability. Elements of the set and the costumes were recycled from previous shows both at the RSC and from other theatres. The props were found in litter picks and beachcombing or where specific items were required, bought secondhand.

You can find out more about this production:

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