Shakespeare's "The Tempest" & Director Julie Taymor

Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest” may have been the Bard’s last solo play. But before he began to lay down his pen, he gave a mighty staff of magic to the great, wronged “Prospero,” master of a fantasy island. To call up hell and down heaven. To rule and dream.

Now Julie Taymor – the Broadway and Hollywood spectacularist behind “The Lion King” and “Spiderman” – has taken on “The Tempest.” And she’s handed the magic not to master Prospero, but to Dame Helen Mirrin as exiled potentate calling up all the powers of the Earth.

We look at “The Tempest,” and speak with Julie Taymor about Shakespeare’s “rough magic.”

-Tom Ashbrook


Julie Taymor, writer and director of “The Tempest,” a new film starring Helen Mirren as Prospera.

Stephen Greenblatt, renowned Shakespeare scholar and professor of the humanities and English at Harvard University. His new book is Shakespeare’s Freedom.

Emily Mann, artistic director and resident playwright at the McCarter Theatre Center at Princeton University. She has directed “The Tempest.”

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