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The Sea Venture and The Tempest

Duration: 03:14

The Sea Venture was a ship heading for the Virginia colony which was wrecked off Bermuda. James Shapiro introduces us to A True Repertory which tells the story. Amazingly, everyone survived and went on to join their fellow colonists.

The popular account featured both the shipwreck and an attempted coup by the survivors. Shakespeare saw the dramatic potential in the story and in 1611 produced The Tempest - a magical, unsettling piece, full of the dynastic politics of the time.

Shapiro attends Royal Shakespeare Company rehearsals for the play and introduces the actors to the True Repertory's vivid account of the storm.

Available since: Mon 30 Apr 2012

Credits

Series Producer
Steven Clarke
Presenter
James Shapiro
Director
Steven Clarke
Executive Producer
Phil George
Series Producer
Steven Clarke
Presenter
James Shapiro
Director
Steven Clarke
Executive Producer
Phil George

This clip is from

The King & the Playwright: A Jacobean History Legacy

3/3 How later plays saw Shakespeare still alert to the troubled Jacobean world around him.

First broadcast: 07 May 2012

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