WILLIAMSBURG, Va., August 16, 2017 — An adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be performed aboard Jamestown Settlement’s re-creations of the Susan Constant and in the colonial fort on six evenings – September 14, 15 and 16, and September 21, 22 and 23.
The production is being presented by The Guild of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the state agency that administers Jamestown Settlement living-history museum. The performance is sponsored by the 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™.
The adaptation will depict how colonists in America’s first permanent English settlement would have staged their own production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” complete with music and dance. An Elizabethan Fair pre-show at the ships’ pier will set the stage for the outdoor drama, which will begin at 7 p.m. aboard Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, where the events of the storm will unfold. A procession of dancers and music will move the drama to the re-created colonial fort, where the play will resume at 7:45 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The inspiration for Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest” is based on the 1609 wreck of the Sea Venture, an English supply ship en route to Jamestown, on the unknown island of Bermuda. The Sea Venture’s passengers survived the disaster, built two smaller vessels in Bermuda and in 1610 sailed on to Virginia. News of passengers’ survival was perceived as a miracle in London and included reports of the strange and magical island of Bermuda, filled with unusual creatures.
Each performance is limited to 150 participants. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $18 for ages 6-16, seniors age 62 and older, and groups of 15 or more. Admission is free for children under 6.
Performance details and tickets are available online at https://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/the-tempest/. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Coolers, food and outside beverages are not permitted.
The 2019 Commemoration, AMERICAN EVOLUTION™, highlights events that occurred in Virginia in 1619 that continue to influence America today. Featured programs, events and legacy projects will position Virginia as a leader in education, tourism and economic development. AMERICAN EVOLUTION™ commemorates the ongoing journey toward the key ideals of democracy, diversity and opportunity. Learn more at www.AmericanEvolution2019.com.
Jamestown Settlement, a living-history museum of 17th-century Virginia, is located at State Route 31 and the Colonial Parkway (2110 Jamestown Road) south of Williamsburg. For information about the museum or “The Tempest” performance, call (757) 253-4838 or visit https://www.historyisfun.org/jamestown-settlement/the-tempest/.