Dates & Tickets
  • Thu 26.05.2022 // 19.30 o´clock // Premiere
  • Großes Haus
  • Premiere 26.05.2022

The tempest

Play by William Shakespeare

A desert island in the middle of nowhere, a stranded ship's crew and lots of magic – sounds like Pirates of the Caribbean, but it is Shakespeare's The Tempest. The playwright's presumably last complete work that raised the question of power and its abuse already at the time it was written around 1610, has lost none of its topicality.

The sorcerer Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, was shipped off to a remote island together with his daughter Miranda after a coup. From him, aware of his guilt after 12 years of exile, we learn that he neglected his position as duke and concomitant responsibility for his people in favour of studying his books and placed the fate of the country in the hands of his brother Antonio, who seized the opportunity, allied himself with Alonso, King of Naples, and overthrew his own brother in order to gain sole control of Milan. A classic coup d'état! Prospero, who declared himself ruler of the island and its inhabitants, Caliban and the air spirit Ariel, plots revenge: with the help of Ariel, he conjures up a raging storm on the open sea, where King Alonso and Antonio together with their entourage are on a ship. The plan succeeds and the entire party summarily lands dispersed on the island. Prospero's disgrace shall find retribution here. In the process, Ferdinand, son of King Alonso, likewise becomes a pawn in his vendetta when Prospero initiates a meeting between Ferdinand and Miranda, who fall in love with each other there and then. And this love can be used!

Swaantje Lena Kleff, engaged as house director at the DNT as of the 2021/2022 season, devotes herself to this seductively exciting play, which is also a declaration of love to the magic of theatre, on the big stage.

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  • Swaantje Lena Kleff (Regie)
  • Philip Rubner (Bühne)
  • Miriam Schubach (Kostüme)
  • Ludwig Peter Müller (Musik)
  • Lisa Evers (Dramaturgie)
Thu 26.05.2022 // 19.30 o´clock Premiere