"Be not afeared; the isle is full of noises,
Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not.
Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments
Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices,
That, if I then had waked after long sleep,
Will make me sleep again: and then, in dreaming,
The clouds methought would open, and show riches
Ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked,
I cried to dream again.”
On Friday 13th and Saturday 14th of July, Norwich Cathedral Cloisters will be transformed into an atmospheric amphitheatre, and provide the medieval backdrop for an outdoor performance of Shakespeare’s almighty play, ‘The Tempest’ (title image by Paul Hurst).
And you could be there.
About the Play
The Tempest is Shakespeare’s late, great masterpiece. A forceful play built on poetry, comedy and tender performance, it explores elemental themes such as true love, our capacity for vengeance and what it takes to forgive. It is a deeply powerful, dark play, although it was actually classified in Shakespeare’s first folio as a comedy (it is now considered a ‘tragicomedy’).
“12 years ago, Prospero, Duke of Milan, usurped and exiled by his brother washes up on a distant and mystical island with his baby daughter, Miranda. A place where his magical powers reign supreme and the only inhabitants of the island, the sprite Ariel and brutish Caliban, answer his every command. In this strange new kingdom, he is left to brood.
Now his enemies, his brother Antonio, who supplanted him as Duke, and Alonso, King of Naples, whilst sailing home are blown, by fortune, off course towards him. Prospero raises a tempestuous storm that shipwrecks them. Scattered across the island the boat’s passengers are tested and tormented as they are magically drawn towards their fate. Left to plot his revenge for years Prospero finally has the chance to exact it. But will he?”
About the Performance
This will be a performance of The Tempest like no other. Performed by the UK’s premier all male theatre company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, dressed in traditional Elizabethan costume, there could be nowhere more dramatic to see watch Prospero’s fate unfold than within the 12th century Cathedral cloisters. In fact, as nature and the elements play such a heavy part in this play, seeing The Tempest outdoors surely promises plenty of those hair-standing-up-on end moments.
Plastic fold out seating will be provided, although you are welcome to bring a cushion with you or set out your own chairs towards the back of the Cloisters, behind the provided seating. You can also bring a picnic if you would like. Refreshments will also be available to purchase from the pop-up Refectory Café/Bar before the performance and during the interval, with items such as sausage rolls, pasties, cakes, as well as a licensed bar (please don’t bring your own alcohol with you).
Each year, the Shakespeare festival is utterly magical, and makes for a very special summer evening in one of the most beautiful, historic parts of the city. Don’t miss your chance to see this; it will be truly unique.
How you could be there
Simply follow the link to our competition page here, and fill in your details for your chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the festival. You will be able to choose which performance (the Friday or Saturday) that you wish to go to. The competition closes on the 18th of June and the winner will be announced shortly after. Enter now.
COMING TO VISIT?
Greater Anglia has Advance fares from £10 one way between London Liverpool Street and Norwich. Trains run every 30 minutes. Greater Anglia also serves Colchester, Ipswich and Diss on the Norwich line. Direct trains also run from Cambridge.
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