Scenes to explore

The Tempest with its sea storm, shipwreck, monsters and aerial spirits, is an exciting and often tricky play to stage. Modern special effects mean that convincing scenes can be created. But think about the limited props, lighting and costumes that Jacobean acting troops would have had access to. How would the banquet scene be presented differently then and now?

Nowadays, Shakespeare’s plays are interpreted in many different ways on stage and screen. Directors and their production teams make choices on how they want to stage the play and how the characters will deliver their lines. The decisions they make can often change how the audience think and feel about the play and the characters in it.

Let’s look at three scenes and explore the possibilities for an exciting and unforgettable performance of The Tempest:

  • Act 1 Scene 1 - The storm
  • Act 2 Scene 2 - Casting Caliban
  • Act 3 Scene 3 - The banquet