Welcome to our Schools' Broadcast page for The Tempest. The production is now live for you to watch from the link below.

Ariel knelt down and gripping to the side of the boat
Mark Quartley as Ariel.
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Our 2016 production of The Tempest is now available to watch

The production is approximately 2.5 hours long but as an on-demand video, you can watch it at your own speed, focus on key scenes, or pause for in-class discussions.

The film will be live until 5pm on Friday 19 November. We recommend starting the broadcast before midday on Friday to ensure you have time to watch the whole show.

The link below will take you to Vimeo, where you can stream the full production. 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

Watch The Tempest

About the production

The Tempest was performed at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon as part of the winter 2016-17 season before moving to the Barbican Theatre in London. It was created in collaboration with Intel and in association with The Imaginarium Studios, and used groundbreaking technology to create a digital avatar of Ariel that was controlled by and projected alongside actor Mark Quartley to add a sense of magic and wonder to the performance.

For this production, Prospero was played by Simon Russell Beale, with Jenny Rainsford as Miranda and Joe Dixon as Caliban.

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Exploring the play

We have a number of resources to help students access and understand the play, including:

Below, you can watch as Mark Quartley and Simon Russell Beale meet for the first time, coming together with Imaginarium crew and Intel technology to explore how Ariel's avatar works and the relationship between the two characters.

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