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"The Tempest"

Tempest poster
“The Tempest” at Jamestown Settlement has been cancelled.

In an effort to prevent and control the potential spread of COVID-19 in large public gatherings, and following Governor Northam’s declaration of a state of emergency in Virginia, Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown have cancelled all major events and special programming scheduled through April 11. Additional information is available at historyisfun.org/update.

This tale of revenge and redemption on a magical island, believed to have been inspired by the wreck of the Jamestown-bound ship Sea Venture in 1609, blows into Jamestown Settlement in celebration of the month Shakespeare was born.

The James River and re-created 17th-century ships at Jamestown Settlement play backdrop for this outdoor production of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”

In 1609, Sea Venture sailed to Jamestown with provisions and new settlers for the two-year-old colony. The ship was separated from its fleet during a storm and wrecked on ‘the devil’s isles,’ also known as the Bermudas. Other vessels in the fleet rode out the storm, and all but one other small ship,  eventually reached Virginia, despairing that the crew and passengers of Sea Venture were lost.

Unbeknownst to them, all of the 150 people on board had survived the wreck and after nine long months on the island, were able to construct two small ships that finally carried them to Jamestown.

The misadventure of the Sea Venture is believed to be the inspiration that sparked Shakespeare to write “The Tempest,” making Jamestown Settlement an ideal setting for this new adaptation of the work directed by Abigail Schumann, special exhibitions programs manager at Jamestown Settlement and recipient of eight regional Emmy awards for script writing, directing and producing educational history programs, plays and performances for museums and historic sites for more than 20 years.


Ticket Information

A separate $18.00 ticket is required to attend this outdoor evening performance and is available for purchase here, by calling (757) 253-5110 or (757) 253-5112 or stopping by Visitor Services at Jamestown Settlement — museum admission is not included. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with seating on a first-come basis and concessions available for purchase. Chairs, coolers, food and outside beverages are not permitted. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Please arrive at least ten minutes prior to start time. Golf cart service will be available. Print and bring your e-ticket for admittance.

“The Tempest” is a rain-or-shine event with tickets subject to availability and non-refundable. In the event of rain or inclement weather the following policies apply: if the show is stopped before intermission, attendees will receive a full refund or voucher to return for a future night’s performance – based on available seating – and if stopped after intermission, attendees receive the voucher allowing access to a future night’s performance. For more information call (757) 253-5110.


About Jamestown Settlement

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Jamestown Settlement is located on State Route 31 just southwest of Williamsburg and features expansive exhibition galleries and films that connect visitors with the lives of the Powhatan, English and west central African cultures that converged at 17th-century Jamestown, and historical interpretation in outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, 1607 English ships and colonial fort. Admission is $17.50 for adults and $8.25 for ages 6-12, and free for children under 6. Parking is free. For more information, call toll-free (888) 593-4682 or visit historyisfun.org.

A separate $18.00 ticket is required to attend this outdoor evening performance and is available for purchase here, by calling (757) 253-5110 or (757) 253-5112 or stopping by Visitor Services at Jamestown Settlement — museum admission is not included. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., with seating on a first-come basis and concessions available for purchase. Chairs, coolers, food and outside beverages are not permitted. Please print and bring your e-ticket for admittance.