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The Tempest

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss The Tempest, one of Shakespeare's last and richest plays.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss Shakespeare's play The Tempest. Written in around 1610, it is thought to be one of the playwright's final works and contains some of the most poetic and memorable passages in all his output. It was influenced by accounts of distant lands written by contemporary explorers, and by the complex international politics of the early Jacobean age.

The Tempest is set entirely on an unnamed island inhabited by the magician Prospero, his daughter Miranda and the monstrous Caliban, one of the most intriguing characters in Shakespeare's output. Its themes include magic and the nature of theatre itself - and some modern critics have seen it as an early meditation on the ethics of colonialism.


Jonathan Bate
Provost of Worcester College, Oxford

Erin Sullivan
Lecturer and Fellow at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham

Katherine Duncan-Jones
Emeritus Fellow of Somerville College, Oxford

Producer: Thomas Morris.

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42 minutes

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Thu 14 Nov 2013 21:30


Jonathan Bate


Erin Sullivan at the University of Birmingham


Katherine Duncan-Jones at the University of Oxford


Shakespeare's Words


Global Shakespeares


The Tempest - Wikipedia





Christine Dymkowski (ed.), The Tempest, Shakespeare in Production series (Cambridge University Press, 2000)


Paul Edmondson, Paul Prescott and Erin Sullivan (eds.), A Year of Shakespeare: Re-living the World Shakespeare Festival (Arden Shakespeare, 2013)


Jonathan Goldberg, Tempest in the Caribbean (University of Minnesota Press, 2003)


Peter Hulme and William Sherman, ‘The Tempestand Its Travels (Reaktion Books, 2006)


William Shakespeare, (David Lindley ed.), The Tempest (Cambridge University Press, 2013)


Alden Vaughan and Virginia Vaughan, Shakespeare’s Caliban: A Cultural History (Cambridge University Press, 1993)




Robert Browning, ‘Caliban upon Setebos’


Percy Bysshe Shelley, ‘With a Guitar, To Jane’



Role Contributor
Presenter Melvyn Bragg
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Bate
Interviewed Guest Erin Sullivan
Interviewed Guest Katherine Duncan-Jones
Producer Thomas Morris


  • Thu 14 Nov 2013 09:00
  • Thu 14 Nov 2013 21:30

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