The Tempest

  • December 8, 2013 · 12:30 PM
  • Johnstown, CO

Hi everyone,

At our next gathering we will dissect and discuss The Tempest! First performed 402 years and 13 days ago today, The Tempest is thought to be Shakespeare's last play (or, at least the last play he wrote solo.) 

If you're inclined, please reply in the comments with an area of focus you'll informally present/discuss with the group. This is optional but encouraged as it adds to the discussion.

Also please note- we'll be meeting in Johnstown at Rich's house and having a bit of a Shakespeare-meets-holiday-treats theme. Also note the earlier meeting time of 12:30pm. I'll send the address and directions closer to our meeting.

A quick synopsis  from "In the Tempest, "Shakespeare portrays an aging magician who has been living in exile with his young daughter on a remote island for the past twelve years. Over the course of a single day, Prospero uses his magic to whip up a tempest to shipwreck the men responsible for his banishment. He then proceeds to dazzle and dismay the survivors (and the audience) with his art as he orchestrates his triumphant return home where he plans to retire in peace."

I'm not sure of the ease/availability of these, but here are a few links to television productions of the play.

BBC Production of the Tempest- click here for an overview

BBC Animated Tales- Part 1- click here for direct YouTube link

The Tempest -full 2010 movie on YouTube. Directed by Julie Taymor

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  • Bo

    Sorry I won't be able to make it after all. I just tried to start my car & the battery is dead. It has like 10% juice left. I'll have to take it to a garage on Monday & get a new one. I think the cold weather finished it off. Next time...

    December 7, 2013


    Caliban is an anagram for Canibal( I know, one L). See Montaigne's essay.

    December 6, 2013


    Hi group,
    Came across a great version of Tempest on Netflix streaming.
    Christopher Plummer as Prospero, Stratford Ontario Canada production. Gave it an A plus plus!

    December 6, 2013


    My favorite fiction book is The Magus, by John Fowles. Apparently Fowles used The Tempest as the basis for his novel.

    1 · November 19, 2013

  • Gay V.

    for commuters, floor moppers or dog walkers: (or amazon--same thing) has several versions of the tempest including one with Ian McKellan, one with Michael and Vanessa Redgrave, and a BBC version. The McKellan is very good.

    1 · November 14, 2013

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