STET The English Theatre presents THE TEMPEST by Illyria

28th – 31st August.

The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of Ariel, a powerful air spirit he keeps in servitude, he conjures up a storm to shipwreck his enemies on the shore of the island. Inexorably they are driven towards the centre of the island to answer to Prospero, until Prospero learns that Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. What will be greater? His thirst for revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?

The play, believed to be the last that Shakespeare wrote single-handedly, is lyrical, thought-provoking and raucously funny. More than 400 years after it was written it still has the capacity to surprise!

Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare’s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare’s plays. It’s swift, it’s polished and it’s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria’s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) – and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria’s performance style is the most authentically Elizabethan to be seen. Since 1992 they have performed on what feels like every patch of grass from Land’s End to John O-Groats – and also in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, USA and Canada. They are the only UK open-air touring company to have won no less than 4 international awards, and have a well-deserved reputation for being, quite simply, the best.

Dates and Venues

Wednesday 28 Aug (19:30) – Heeswijk-Dinther, Kersouwe

Thursday 29 Aug (19:30)* – Wassenaar, Raadhuis de Paauw

Friday 30 Aug (19:30*) – Wassenaar, Raadhuis de Paauw

Saturday 31 Aug (19:30) – Schovenhorst, Schovenhorst Estate

*Grounds open 2 hours before the performance for picnics.

Illyria also performs ALI BABA and the Forty Thieves  
Open-air family performance adapted by Oliver Gray

3st August & 1st September at Raadhuis de Paauw in Wassenaar

Adapted from One Thousand and One Nights (otherwise known as the Arabian Nights), this show is packed with cliff-hangers and laughs galore.Young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave when he overhears the magic words that open it: “Open Sesame!”. Inside the cave he finds untold amounts of gold and jewels, and takes some of it home…The perfect summer fun for thieves and vagabonds aged 5

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