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William Shakespeare’s Play of the Month – The Tempest

William Shakespeare’s Play of the Month – The Tempest


Natalie Stanton
Natalie Stanton
William Shakespeare’s Play of the Month...

The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies and one of his shortest plays. Written around 1610–11, it is believed to have been his last play before retirement. Set on a remote island, Prospero, long exiled from Italy with his daughter Miranda, seeks to use his magical powers to defeat his former enemies and regain his title as the rightful Duke of Milan. He hones his magic, and eventually creates a storm that brings his enemies to the shore of the island he has come to control.
A couple of fun facts:

• The Tempest is the most performed play in the history of the BBC.
• Uranus’s moons are named after characters in The Tempest.

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