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STET The English Theatre - Theatre company Illyria - The Tempest

The Tempest

A New Season asks for a grand opening. STET, renowned for its high quality international productions in the area of The Hague opens traditionally the season with an open-air programme. Since 2006, Britain&rsquo;s oldest open-air theatre company Illyria has delighted audiences in the Netherlands with their fast and imaginative productions. This year STET is proud to announce The Tempest by William Shakespeare.<br />
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<strong>Tempest</strong><br />
The magician Prospero is marooned on an island with his daughter Miranda. With the assistance of 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 &ndash; until Prospero learns that in spite of everything Miranda has met and fallen in love with Ferdinand, the son of his enemy. Which is greater &ndash; his thirst for<br />
revenge or his aptitude for forgiveness?<br />
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In their 28th open-air touring season, and renowned all over the world for their clarity, quality and ingenuity, Illyria return to their home-turf: Shakespearean comedy. 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!<br />
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Illyria is an intrepid band of five actors who perform Shakespeare&rsquo;s plays, entirely uncut, direct from the First Folio, the most authoritative edition of Shakespeare&rsquo;s plays. It&rsquo;s swift, it&rsquo;s polished and it&rsquo;s spoken beautifully (uniquely among open-air touring theatre companies Illyria&rsquo;s artistic director has published articles on verse-speaking) &ndash; and scholars on both sides of the Atlantic agree that Illyria&rsquo;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&rsquo;s End to John O-Groats &ndash; 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&nbsp;simply, the best. Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including a 20 minute interval)<br />
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<strong>DATE, TIME &amp; VENUE</strong><br />
&nbsp;Thursday 29 August &amp; Friday 30 August // 19.30 // Raadhuis de Paauw, Raadhuislaan 22, Wassenaar Friday 30 August // 19.30 // Raadhuis de Paauw, Raadhuislaan 22, Wassenaar

The Tempest

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