William Shakespeare: The Tempest
"The Tempest" is William Shakespeare's last drama and is regarded as his artistic legacy: just as Prospero, the mighty Duke of Milan, renounces the powers of sorcery and the favour of spirits at the end of the play, Shakespeare himself ends his career as a playwright and leaves the stage: "Now my charms are all o'erthrown, And what strength I have’s mine own, Which is most faint."
Murder conspiracy on the enchanted island
Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, is driven from the throne by his power-hungry brother and abandoned at sea in a leaking boat, together with his daughter Miranda. But the murder conspiracy fails, both land on a distant island and survive there. Prospero dedicates himself entirely to his studies, and all connection to the world seems lost: the old Prospero is master over spirits and natural forces, governs the island by sorcery and is fiercely determined to protect his daughter against all evil.
But the world catches up with them: not only does his brother appear, but also Ferdinand is washed up on shore, the son of the King of Naples, his former sworn enemy - and he promptly falls in love with Prospero’s beautiful daughter Miranda. From this point onwards the events escalate: Prospero’s spirits prevent a murder conspiracy against their master und confront the wrongdoers with their guilt in a bizarre manner. The deformed Caliban, a bad-tempered and angry indigenous dweller of the island, gets together with Stephano and Trinculo, two certified drunkards from the King’s entourage, in order to overthrow Prospero; however their revolt turns into farce since the powerful sorcerer cannot be subdued - except he should renounce the powers of sorcery of his own volition.
The performances take place on 11/12/15/16/17 December 2009.
19.00 Introduction by the theatre director Giovanni Netzer in the Aula
20.00 Performance in the Cala
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