19:45, Tue 23rd November 2021 at Royal Opera House, London
22:30, Wed 24th November 2021 at London Palladium
13:00, Sat 27th November 2021 at The Old Vic
19:30, Tue 30th November 2021 at Barbican Centre
19:15, Wed 1st December 2021 at Haymarket Theatre
19:30, Fri 3rd December 2021 at Liverpool Empire Theatre
19:00, Sat 4th December 2021 at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
20:00, Mon 6th December 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
19:15, Wed 8th December 2021 at Chichester Festival Theatre
19:45, Thu 9th December 2021 at Noël Coward Theatre
Michaelmas Week 7 to Christmas Vacation
The Tempest is a play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in 1610–11, and thought by many critics to be the last play that Shakespeare wrote alone. It is set on a remote island, where Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place using illusion and skillful manipulation. He conjures up a storm, the eponymous tempest, to lure his usurping brother Antonio and the complicit King Alonso of Naples to the island. There, his machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's lowly nature, the redemption of the King, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.
There is no obvious single source for the plot of The Tempest, but researchers have seen parallels in Erasmus's Naufragium, Peter Martyr's De orbe novo, and an eyewitness report by William Strachey of the real-life shipwreck of the Sea Venture on the islands of Bermuda. In addition, one of Gonzalo's speeches is derived from Montaigne's essay Of the Canibales, and much of Prospero's renunciative speech is taken word for word from a speech by Medea in Ovid's poem Metamorphoses. The masque in Act 4 may have been a later addition, possibly in honour of the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Frederick V in 1613. The play was first published in the First Folio of 1623.