Arundel Castle

Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

'The Tempest' is a raucously funny play about magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness.

Friday 16th and Saturday 17th August


It is set on an island somewhere near Italy where Prospero, the one-time Duke of Milan, and his beautiful daughter, Miranda, live with a sprite called Ariel and a strange wildman called Caliban. Prospero is a powerful magician who creates a storm, or tempest, that sets the scene for the play. In the events that follow we see a plot to murder the King of Naples, a drunken scheme to kill Prospero and a romance between Miranda and the King’s son, Ferdinand. In the end everyone is forgiven and they all set sail for home. Illyria return to the castle to perform this classic play in their intimate style which takes the audience through a range of emotions, all seasoned with a sense of humour. The actors present in the traditional style of Elizabethan touring players, using only the power of the human voice. Audience numbers are managed to ensure everyone hears each delicious line.