Click on the images below to find out more about the setting of Hamlet and what we know about where the play is set.

Every performance of The Tempest will be set in a place that has all of the things above but that can be done in lots of different ways. For example, the play could have very different island settings and atmospheres, such a remote tropical island or an ice-covered landscape, as long as these things are included.

Why do you think it might be helpful for modern audiences to change the world of a play? What worlds can you think of where The Tempest might be set?

Teacher Notes

On this page students can explore some of the key things that we know about the setting of The Tempest by clicking on the pictures.

You can use these pictures, or other images, as a starting point to discuss what they know about the setting of the play and to think about where they would set the play if they were creating their own production. A great way of doing this visually is for students to create a mood board or collage of images that could be used as design inspiration.

The activity in the Teacher Notes on the Productions page develops on this and asks students to think about the island and the opening scenes.