"The Tempest" is Shakespeare's greatest dramatic poem and for that reason - unlike most of his other plays - it is usually more enjoyable to read and to hear than to watch on stage! As an entertainment for a court that delighted in masques (however), it has that sophisticated intellectual pageantry, and it has traces of the old morality play as well but refined and sublimated. It is also a fairy tale with all the familiar characters and situations! And it all ends happily, as it should, surely Ferdinand and Miranda lived happily ever after. With a cast of leading actors and actresses, including Sir Michael Redgrave (Prospero), Hugh Griffith (Caliban), Vanessa Redgrave (Ariel) and Anna Massey (Miranda), this is an outstanding recorded performance of Shakespeare's last and most inspired romantic comedy.
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William Shakespeare is widely regarded as the greatest playwright the world has seen. He produced an astonishing amount of work; 37 plays, 154 sonnets, and 5 poems. He died on 23rd April 1616, aged 52, and was buried in the Holy Trinity Church, Stratford.
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