The Tempest is a play about families, magic and forgiveness.

All of the information you need about the play is divided into four sections: Story, Characters, Language and Performance.

Each section has three different levels of information. Choose which level is right for you or simply move between them to find what you need. Here’s a quick guide to help you get started with The Tempest.

Level 1 - New to the play

Start with level 1 to find:

Level 2 - More detailed information

Start with level 2 to find:
  • In STORY: A timeline of the play
  • In CHARACTERS: A character map exploring relationships
  • In LANGUAGE: Key Scenes with videos
  • In PERFORMANCE: Pictures of RSC performances

Level 3 - In-depth study and analysis

Start with level 3 to find:
  • In STORY: Detailed scene-by-scene descriptions
  • In CHARACTERS: PEE grids on central characters
  • In LANGUAGE: Detailed breakdowns of themes and imagery
  • In PERFORMANCE: Information about staging the play

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