The Tempest at Jamestown Settlement

By | September 3, 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 outdoor historical drama is being presented by The Guild of the Virginia Shakespeare Festival and the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation. 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.

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 Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Coolers, food and outside beverages are not permitted.

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