There’s still time to catch The Tempest

Miranda being played by Zoe Holmes and Ferdinand by James Collins.
Miranda being played by Zoe Holmes and Ferdinand by James Collins.

The EODS productions of The Tempest at Holywell’s Italian Gardens come to an end this weekend with final performances tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) – both at 7.45pm.

The Tempest is the only play by Shakespeare in which all the action takes place on one day and in one place.

The Tempest at The Italian Gardens in Holywell, Eastbourne

The Tempest at The Italian Gardens in Holywell, Eastbourne

King Alfonso, of Naples, and his entourage sail home from Italy after attending his daughter’s wedding in Africa and encounter a violent storm, or Tempest.

They all jump overboard and are washed up on a strange island inhabited by the magician Prospero who deliberately conjured up the storm.

Prospero is in fact the rightful Duke of Milan who had been put to sea to die with his daughter Miranda by his brother, Antonio, who was in league with King Alfonso.

Prospero and Miranda live in a cave on the island which is also inhabited by Ariel, a sprite who carries our Prospero’s bidding, and the deformed slave Caliban.

Caliban resents Prospero as he believes he is the rightful ruler of the island, and plots to murder Prospero; Miranda and Ferdinand full in love; Ariel rebukes King Alfonso for his plotting and further plots develop but thanks to magic, fail.

The play ends with all offenders repenting - a happy ending with freedom, friendship, forgiveness and enlightenment all round.

Book now for this open-air presentation – 01323 412000. Reserved seats, undercover, £16 and £13 or £8 restricted view. Concessions available for the over 60s, those with disabilities and students – £2 off (restricted view not included).

Refreshments, including the now famous homemade cakes, are available and there is also a picnic area provided.

Picture by Paul Spink