Stafford Events Guide

Stafford Festival Shakespeare 2017: The Tempest

22nd June 2017 - 8th July 2017

Venue: Stafford Castle

Tickets: Tickets start from £13.50 | Available from the box office on 01785 619080 or by visiting


The creative team behind last year's acclaimed production of Othello, reunites for Shakespeare's fantastical feast of magic and wonder.


Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan, has spent twelve years stranded on a largely uninhabited island where music, magic and supernatural creatures provide a strange education for him and his young daughter, Miranda. Twelve years have passed and Prospero has acquired some rough magic & self-taught mysticism as well as protecting his daughter from his wild slave, Caliban.


When Prospero's magic (with the help of his sprite, Ariel) causes a shipwreck, mayhem ensues in the course of one incredible day. Miranda falls in love with the shipwrecked Prince Ferdinand, murder plots are formed then abandoned and finally Prospero is reconciled with the brother who usurped him and all head safely home to Italy.


It's a storm in a tea cup - but we'll have you back home safe and sound in no time.


Stafford's twentieth century production of Shakespeare's final solo play - his most magical and musical - is set against the backdrop of the glamour and elegance of the 1930s, the golden age of luxury cruise liners, Hollywood glamour and the dying days of vaudeville - all from a small Italian occupied island off the coast of Somalia.


The Tempest will open on Thursday 22nd June and run until Saturday 8th July 2017 at Stafford Castle. For the first time in its 27 year, SFS 2017 will also feature a Sunday performance on 25th June at 5pm.

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