To identify what we know
about Shakespeare and ‘The
Tempest’
Remember: List everything you learn
about Shakespeare in this clip.
William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
The play begins when King Alonso of Naples and
his entourage sail home for Italy after attending his
daughter's wedding in Tunis, Africa. They
encounter a violent storm, or Tempest. Everyone
jumps overboard and are washed ashore on a strange
island inhabited by the magician Prospero who has
deliberately conjured up the storm. Prospero and
Miranda live in a cave on the island which is also
inhabited by Ariel, a sprite who carries out the
bidding of Prospero, and the ugly, half human
Caliban. Various plots against the main characters
fail thanks to the magic of Prospero. The play ends
with all the plotters repenting the Tempest is
calmed.
Imagine you are a director of the new
‘The Tempest’ movie, pick which film
actors you might cast to play each
part.
Prospero
• He has been living on a remote island with his
daughter for 12 years after he fled from Italy.
He was the Duke of Milan but his evil brother
was working with the King to get rid of
Prospero. Prospero has worked really hard on
his magic which gives him the power he needs
to punish and forgive his enemies.
Prospero
Nicolas Cage
Johnny Depp
Ralph Fiennes
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Miranda
• She is a young, innocent and naïve teenage
girl who has lived with her father on a remote
island since she was a baby. Her father is
fiercely over-protective. Miranda is unfamiliar
with the “real” world.
Miranda
Ann Hathaway
Miley Cyrus
Johnny Depp
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actress
e.g. I have chosen....because....
Ariel
• A mysterious spirit, neither male or female,
who has magical abilities to fly and become
invisible. Ariel feels trapped on the island and
longs to be free. However, Ariel is also loyal
and obedient if you could offer the
opportunity of freedom from the island.
Ariel
Daniel Radcliffe
Elijah Wood
Johnny Depp
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor/actress
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Caliban
• A native of an island, sometimes described as
a fish, and at other times as a monster. It is
rumoured that his father is the devil himself.
He is full of foul language, but will work hard
for you – if you can tame him!
Caliban
Shrek
Johnny Depp
Eddie Murphy
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Alonso
• Alonso is a king who has recently attended the
wedding of his daughter. He fears that his son
has been drowned and is at risk from political
plots against him.
King Alonso
Johnny Depp
Russell Crowe
Robert DeNiro
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Ferdinand
• He is a good looking teenage prince, who has
recently lost contact with his father, the King
Alonso. Ferdinand is very romantic, and prone
to falling in love quite easily.
Ferdinand
Johnny Depp
Edward Cullen
Zac Efron
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Antonio
• He is a Duke, who gained his title by dishonest
means. Antonio is selfish and likes to bully
and intimidate others. He is friends with
Sebastian, King Alonso’s brother.
Antonio
Sean Bean
Simon Cowell
Johnny Depp
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Sebastian
• Sebastian is King Alonso’s brother. He
sometimes envies his brother’s position, and
can be cruel and unkind. He is also easily led
by Antonio.
Sebastian
Dr Evil
Johnny Depp
Daniel Craig
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Trinculo
• Trinculo is a clown who likes to keep people
entertained. He is also a coward, and likes to
drink too much alcohol.
Trinculo
Johnny Depp
Dick or Dom (BBC)
Jackie Chan
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Gonzalo
• He is an honest old man with very idealistic
views about the world. Gonzalo is a loyal
friend and companion who always looks on
the bright side of life. He can be a little naïve.
Gonzalo
Sean Connery
Johnny Depp
Morgan Freeman
Pick one and write your reasons why you have
chosen this particular actor
e.g. I have chosen................because....
Who am I?
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