The Tempest - 2012
Prospero, (who is both the Duke of Milan and a magician), was usurped by
his brother Antonio 12 years ago, helped by Alonso the King of Naples,
and the King’s brother Sebastian. Prospero was then put to sea with his
baby daughter Miranda, after being given some aid by faithful Lord, Gonzalo,
who remained in service to the new Duke, Antonio.
Prospero and Miranda
land on a distant island and by the time the play begins, Prospero has
been ruling it by using his magic art for the previous 12 years.
living on the island were Ariel, an aery spirit, trapped in a tree by dead
witch Sycorax until Prospero rescued him, and the savage Caliban, son of
Sycorax. He was a free servant until he tried to rape Miranda. Now he is
Prospero’s slave and naturally he resents his bondage.
Prospero uses his
magic and the help of Ariel to raise a storm, (the tempest), when he divines
his enemies to passing by the island by ship as they return from the wedding
of King Alonso’s daughter. King Alonso, his son Ferdinand, Antonio, Sebastian,
Gonzalo, Stephano and Trinculo are all shipwrecked onto the island.
and Ferdinand are separated in the wreck and Alonso searches for his son
who he fears is drowned. Encouraged by Antonio, Sebastian is urged to plot
against his brother, King Alonso, to seize the crown.
A drunken butler
Stephano and a jester Trinculo meet the half-man/half-beast Caliban who
persuades them that they should kill Prospero and rule the island. Ferdinand
is lured by Ariel’s music to meet Miranda and they fall instantly in love.
Prospero tests Ferdinand by enslaving him to make sure that his feelings
for his daughter Miranda are real and true. Eventually satisfied, he presents
the young couple with a betrothal masque.
Drawing his enemies into his
circle, Prospero finally confronts and forgives them. Having done this
he can drown his books of magic, pardon Caliban, break his magical staff,
set Ariel free and leave the island for Milan where he will resume his
rule as Duke.