’The Tempest’ under the stars

2016-02-17 06:00
Lesley Barnard as Prospero in The Tempest, opening at Mannville Open Air Theatre on February 24.                          Photo: SUPPLIED

Lesley Barnard as Prospero in The Tempest, opening at Mannville Open Air Theatre on February 24. Photo: SUPPLIED

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AFTER last year’s highly acclaimed production of Twelfth Night the PE Shakespearean Festival brings local audiences The Tempest – the last play Shakespeare wrote, from February 24 to March 5 at the Mannville Theatre.

The play is performed exactly 400 years after Shakespeare’s death in 1616.

Under the direction of Helen Flax, with choreography by Bennie Gerber, The Tempest is a fantasy filled with beautiful music, mystical spirits and mounds of magic. While popularly referred to as a comedy, it contains some of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters: Prospero, Caliban and Ariel (played this year by Lesley Barnard, Gareth Bain and Gemma Barnard).

Fans of Leslie Speyers will be delighted to witness his return to the stage as Alonso, King of Naples. The cast of dancers are Anke Staphorst, Amy Huntly, Emma Albertyn and Sarah de Lauwere. Comedy duo Tim Collier (Stefano) and Chloe Shelton (Trincula) will have the audience in stitches.

Accomplished make-up artiste, Jamie-Lee Reynolds, takes to the footlights as Lady Gonzala and Jacques Batista plays Antonio,the villain of the piece. They are supported by Ray Saunders, Dennis Slattery, Mark Shelton and Sebastian Albertyn, while the young lovers are played by the well-known Emily Bradley (Miranda) and Glen McIlroy (Ferdinand).

Tickets are R65 for adults and R40 for school block bookings. Phone Helen Wilkins for bookings on 041 581 1738. The play runs from February 24 to March 5.

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