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The Tempest

William Shakespeare

John Gilbert
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A magical escapist fantasy centred around the disruption of social order, The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s most poetic and political comedies. This edition features illustrations by renowned artist Sir John Gilbert and a new introduction by actor, writer and director Simon Callow.

As tumultuous waves roar over an uninhabited Mediterranean island, Prospero has been banished from Italy, Ferdinand and Miranda become entwined in a love knot, Sebastian and Antonia plot a murder, a drunken butler wants the throne and Ariel and Caliban have lost power over their home. Shakespeare lyrically transforms the stage into a shipwreck and leaves his characters to fight for control of the island.

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Shakespeare’s voice rings down the ages, and, as with innumerable other human matters, we would do well to listen to it


A magical tale of finding love and getting drunk on a tropical island

Time Out

When I read Shakespeare I am struck with wonder that such trivial people should muse and thunder in such lovely language

D. H. Lawrence

The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good

Robert Graves