|As the Olympics open in London, Team S4K announce 2013 Tempest Tour|
"Team S4K" announced its UK and international tour of S4K's The Tempest on the day that the 2012 London Olympic Games opened with its spectacular Tempest-inspired "Isles of Wonder" Opening Ceremony.
SIr Kenneth Branagh, (himself a late replacement for Mark Rylance) dressed as Isambard Kingdom Brunel, delivered Caliban's "This isle is full of noises" speech from The Tempest, and the the 27 ton giant bell at the Olympic Stadium which rang out to start the spectacle is inscribed Caliban's line "Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises".
This completely new production of the show will feature new set, costumes and specially-created video and film projections that will evoke the magic of Prospero's island - though at the time of writing there are no plans to incorporate the Olympic bell!
S4K’s The Tempest will rehearse and open in January at The Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon in South London. The Croydon shows are followed by visits to Tunbridge Wells, Crawley, Wakefield, Wolverhampton and Salford before a four-week February Middle East Tour, returning to the UK for further dates until 22 March. Full touring dates and performances will be announced during the summer, tickets will be on sale in theatre Box Office from September and full casting will be announced in October. The show is produced by Julian Chenery and Carolyn Chenery in association with S4K International and S4K Entertainment.
With the Olympic Games “Isles of Wonder” show spotlighting Shakespeare’s importance on the country’s culture, S4K is proud to continue playing its part in “bringing the world of Shakespeare to the Young People of the World”.
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