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Education Resources

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

Discover teaching ideas and lesson planning inspiration through our range of resources, activities and other supporting materials on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre


    8 Nov 2016 - 21 Jan 2017

  • In Cinemas

    From 11 Jan 2017

  • Running time:

    To be confirmed

The Tempest opens with a storm, after which survivors of the shipwreck are marooned on an island inhabited by the powerful Magician Prospero, his daughter Miranda and his servants Ariel and Caliban.

For young people of all ages, this play is a fantastic way to explore the concepts of freedom and power as well as looking at a rnage of themes including:

  • Magic
  • Control
  • Forgiveness

You can discover more about these themes and where they appear in the text as well as others in our Themes Resource

There are lots of ways you could choose to approach this text but you may find the following particularly useful:

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