The Tempest

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The Tempest (Touchstone Movie)

“The Tempest” is a play written by William Shakespeare, believed to have been composed around 1610-1611. It is considered one of Shakespeare’s last works and is classified as a tragicomedy. The play is set on a remote island and follows the story of Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, and his daughter Miranda, who have been exiled there.

Prospero, a learned magician, uses his magical powers and the spirits of the island to manipulate events and seek revenge on those who wronged him in the past, including his brother Antonio, who usurped his position as Duke.

The plot is also enriched by other characters, such as Caliban, a deformed and rebellious native of the island; Ariel, a spirit bound to serve Prospero; and a group of shipwrecked nobles who find themselves on the island after a tempest conjured by Prospero.

As the story unfolds, “The Tempest” explores themes of power, betrayal, forgiveness, and the transformative power of love and compassion. It combines elements of drama, comedy, romance, and the supernatural.

The play is renowned for its complex characters, poetic language, and exploration of human nature. It has been adapted and interpreted in various ways over the centuries and remains a touchstone of Shakespearean literature and theater.

“The Tempest” is celebrated for its imaginative and fantastical elements, as well as its exploration of deeper philosophical and moral themes. The character of Prospero, with his desire for revenge and eventual realization of the power of forgiveness, is one of the most memorable in Shakespeare’s canon. The play continues to be performed and studied worldwide, making it a touchstone for those seeking profound and thought-provoking theatrical experiences.

Additional Details


  • Helen Mirren: Prospera
  • Ben Whishaw: Ariel
  • Djimon Hounsou: Caliban
  • Felicity Jones: Miranda
  • David Strathairn: Alonso, King of Naples
  • Tom Conti: Gonzalo
  • Reeve Carney: Ferdinand
  • Chris Cooper: Antonio
  • Alan Cumming: Sebastian
  • Alfred Molina: Stephano
  • Russell Brand: Trinculo


  • Director: Julie Taymor
  • Producers: Julie Taymor, Robert Chartoff, Lynn Hendee, Julia Taylor-Stanley and Jason K. Lau
  • Screenplay: Julie Taymor

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