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The Tempest

William Shakespeare, playwright
Don Fleming, playwright


45 pgs. 1 female, 12 male
Originally produced in SCT’s Summer Season
Doubling is possible
Run Time: Under One Hour
Audience Recommendation: 10+


The Tempest, is widely known as Shakespeare’s farewell to the stage. In the play Prospero, the duke of Milan and a powerful magician, is banished from Italy and cast to sea by his usurping brothers, Antonio and Alonso, the king of Naples. Prospero lives on the island with his daughter, Miranda, his servant monster, Caliban, and his helpful spirit Ariel, who is his chief magical agent.

A ship carrying Italian royalty, including Antonio, Alonso and several others crashes on Prospero’s island. Miranda and Ferdinand, Alonso’s son, meet and instantly fall in love. After foiled murder plots, a wedding, and the re-uniting of the Italian mariners, the play resolves when Prospero reveals to Alonso the site of Ferdinand and Miranda playing chess. Prospero then invites Alonso and his company to stay the night before everyone returns to Italy the next day, where Prospero will reassume his dukedom. Upon his departure, Prospero vows never to use magic again.

This script was originally developed for Seattle Children’s Theatre’s Drama School Summer Season, an acclaimed program in which student actors and theatre professionals come together to produce polished plays. The Summer Season Scripts, inspired by classic works, were specifically written for students in grades 4 – 12 to develop acting and other theatrical skills.

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $65 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

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