David Warner is Prospero, with Carl Prekopp as Ariel, Rose Leslie as Miranda and Don Warrington as Gonzalo. Shakespeare's play of magic, romance and revenge. Broadcast as part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season.
Four hundred years after its first performance, Shakespeare's play still captivates audiences with its story of usurping brothers, monsters, magic and romance. Significantly it is also a world in which sound plays a crucial part, with Prospero's island being 'full of noises'. Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place, using illusion and skilful manipulation. A tempest brings Prospero's brother Antonio and Alonso, King of Naples to the island. Once there, Ariel and Prospero's machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's evil cunning, the redemption of Alonso, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.
Sebastian...Peter Hamilton Dyer
Music written and performed by The Devil's Violin Company
Sarah Moody, Luke Carver Goss and Oliver Wilson-Dickson
Sound production by Caleb Knightley
Adapted for radio and directed by Jeremy Mortimer
David Warner made his stage debut exactly 50 years ago, when he appeared in Tony Richardson's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court. Three years later, in 1965, he played Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.
First broadcast in May 2012.