By Carmel Shortall
If not already familiar to you, the plot of The Tempest is a straightforward one. Twelve years previously, Prospero duke of Milan, after neglecting his duties as duke – being “rapt in secret studies” of sorcery – has been supplanted by his brother Antonio, with the aid of the King of Naples. Cast adrift in “a rotten carcass of a boat,” he came to a magical island with his infant daughter Miranda.
And now, years later, returning by ship from the wedding of the King of Milan’s daughter, by chance, all the players in his downfall have fallen into Prospero’s hands. At his command, Ariel, a spirit, raises a sea-storm to separate the king’s ship from the fleet and bring it close to shore; where, abandoning…
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