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'The Tempest' at Killerton House

Hello all,

I thought I would tell you a little about my trip to Killerton House to see William Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’.

First I would like to apologize for taking so long to write a review about the Tempest.... (I’m in the process of moving and haven’t been able to publish on the internet!)

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The Tempest was presented by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, an all male open air theatre company that tries to stay in the spirit of what Shakespeare was doing when these plays were first performed. They set up the stage in the gardens at Killerton House in Devon, which is a glorious venue for a Shakespearian play. Shakespeare has be my favourite for a long time. I have all of his plays and love to read them. I was Caliban in a school play of the Tempest and am really in love with this play but must say that it is hard to choose because so many of Shakespeare’s plays are amaizing.

Well, I have seen a few productions of The Tempest (mostly online since there wasn’t a lot of that where I was living) and I must say this was my favourite!!! I found I understood everyone of the characters and what they wanted throughout the tale of woe xD
I was excited and it created a definite energy I could feel throughout the story.
The costumes were... BRILLIANT!!!!! very well thought out and colorful.
The acting was great. Each actor showed a definite understanding of their lines -- what hard lines they were!
Ariel was crazy and... well I cant think of anything that rhymes with crazy except lazy and lazy was defiantly not what he was. I felt he was original and interesting with a mesh of sweetness and passion. The small amount of dancing he did was superb and really set the mood of a spirit.
Caliban - Kristian Philips - was very well done... I couldn’t help loving him and feeling sorry for him at the same time. And I must say the actor made him the perfect amount stupid so he wasn’t under or over-acted...
I loved Miranda! - William Vasey - she was cute and captured her girlie elegance. It must have been hard for a man to pull off a woman’s role in the modern day world as women are so much better then men (Only kidding-- I’m not that sexist xD I have the tiny feeling I’m going to be the only one laughing at my joke lol)
Prospero was as original as he could be playing the almighty father -- a role that doesn’t leave much room in the realm of being original... I thought he was very well done all the same.
Ferdinand was lovely as he should be, as always sweet as he falls for Miranda in their happy love story... <3 I always love Ferdinand and Miranda as the two opposite of male and female that come together as yin and yang -- very sweet ^~^
I loved Trinculo he was very funny as the drunk jester. He has some of my favorite dialogue in The Tempest and was a joy to watch.


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FIVE STAR -- Elizabeth the 1st

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Thanks for the wonderful evening guys--

Here is some info on the STARS of the show...

All of the actors were so talented. They were...

William Vasey - Miranda/Antonio

William Reay - Stephano/Gonzalo

Kristian Philips - Caliban

Mat Bannister - Prospero

Shaun McKee - Ferdinand/Sebastian

Craig Gordon - Ariel

Paul Hassall Alonso/Trinculo

Director - Andrew Normingon (he did a GREAT job of bringing the Tempest to life)

Musical Director - Jonathan Yesten Thomas (he was responsible for some songs and music that were performed brilliantly - the music really added something special to the production)

Movement - Darren Royston (The movement was great. There were dances as well)

Costume Design - Polly Laurence (I thought this was particularly well done... just the right amount of less than new so that it felt like we really were watching a play in Elizabethan times ^~^)

Creative Producer - Mark Puddle (I think that mark must be creative..lol)


I will definitely see The Lord Chamberlain’s Men in another production if I get the chance <3


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That green one is the middle is me playing Caliban in my school play in Primary School a while back...lol