The Tempest (The Courtyard, 26th, 27th, 28th February 2009)

 

Wow, this is a production that as well as being entertaining, is also very political and makes you think. Superb casting of Antony Sher as Prospero and John Kani as Caliban really emphasises the postcolonial themes in the play. The play makes us think about the Caliban and Propsero relationship in terms of relationships between whites and blacks in apartheid South Africa.

Though the production clearly attempts to place the Propsero and Caliban relationship as its central focus, the relationship between Prospero and Ariel is a strength in the production. Atandwa Kani, with his athletic and his decorated body, is a stunning Ariel. It is clear that Propsero delights in Ariel’s magic and youthfulness, but can’t tell him he loves him nor can he embrace him. Prospero’s daughter, Miranda, does not have this restraint and baggage from the so called civilised world and she looks upon the stranded Milanese with delight. This is a portrayal of Miranda as if she really grew up on an island away from the latest fashion and trends.

The music is stunning, the use of puppets and masks is staggering which all adds to the spectacle. The production is loud and colourful and aesthetically beautiful. There isn’t a moment when you aren’t fully engaged.

Details of the production

http://www.rsc.org.uk/WhatsOn/6941.aspx

Photos of the Production
(from the RSC Facebook site)

Previews, Interviews and Reviews

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Antony Sher Courtyard Theatre John Kani RSC The Tempest

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