Starring Academy Award Winner Christopher Plummer, the captured live in high-definition stage play was filmed live over two days with eight cameras at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival(Canada).
“Christopher Plummer is quite simply one of the greatest actors of our time...to see him as Prospero...is nothing short of historic.”
Des McAnuff, Artistic Director, Stratford Shakespeare Festival
The Tempest pits the desire for revenge against the demands of love and asks if man is capable of creating a brave new world. The story focuses on Prospero (Christopher Plummer), the banished Duke of Milan. Marooned on a distant island with his daughter, Miranda (Trish Lindström), Prospero has spent twelve years perfecting his magic arts. Now, with the help of the spirit Ariel (Julyana Soelistyo), he raises a storm at sea, bringing within his grasp the enemies who robbed him of his dukedom.
The presentation will include a 20 minute captured live Q&A with Christopher Plummer, Des McAnuff hosted by Barry Avrich, Executive Producer of The Tempest live capture. The Q&A reunites Christopher Plummer and Des McAnuff in a lively and insightful discussion about the challenges of capturing live theater for cinema screens. Audience members ask some diverse questions covering the arc of Plummer's career, and if (following The Sound Of Music) whether he will ever sing on screen again. The Q&A is a delightful addition to the theatrically dazzling presentation of The Tempest.
ABOUT THE STRATFORD SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL:
With William Shakespeare as its foundation, the Stratford Shakespeare Festival aims to set the standard for classical theatre in North America. Embracing its heritage of tradition and innovation, Stratford seeks to bring classical and contemporary theatre alive for an increasingly diverse audience. Stratford mounts plays that run from April to October in Stratford, Ontario, Canada. This year, 2012 marks the Festival's milestone 60th season.