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Shakespeare in Performance: Film

The Tempest (1985, William Woodman)

TitleThe Tempest
Release LocationsUSA
DirectorWilliam Woodman
MediumColor video
Length2 hrs, 6 mins
Audiencecollege and university
high school
Play ConnectionsThe Tempest (interpretation)
SeriesThe Bard Series


Another in the Bard Production video adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. (See also 27, 340, 477, 494.) As has been said before, the producer's big selling point for this series was the use of American rather than British actors, whom American students could more readily identify with their daily lives. In this production, for example, the well-known tv actor, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., plays Prospero. How successfully this series will compete with the BBC plays remains to be seen. The New York director, Joseph Papp, writing in The New York Times (13 May 1979: 2.32) bitterly complained about the exclusion of American actors from the BBC series, even though the BBC plays were partially underwritten with funds from the USA

Description from Shakespeare on Screen : an International Filmography and Videography by Kenneth S. Rothwell and Annabelle Henkin Melzer. ©1990 Kenneth S. Rothwell. Cited by permission. — Added 2008-11-14

Cast Overview

AlonsoWilliam H. Bassett
ArielDuane Black
CastChristopher Boatwright
SebastianEdward Edwards
BoatswainHector Elias
JunoRoberta Farkas
CeresGina Friedlander
StephanoDavid Graf
FerdinandNicholas Hammond
CalibanWilliam Hootkins
CastColette Jeschke
GonzaloKay E. Kuter
SpiritReid Olson
SpiritKevyn O'Rourke
TrinculoRon Palillo
AdrianMark Pinter
AntonioTed Sorel
MirandaJ. E. Taylor
IrisCallan White
ProsperoEfrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Production Team and Crew Overview

DirectorWilliam Woodman
ProducerKen Campbell
ComposerJohn Serry
ProductionLawrence Carra

Production information courtesy of: Kenneth Rothwell