The Tempest - An Audio Production performed by Sir Ian McKellen and full cast - 2 CDs
Published by Naxos AudioBooks
With Emilia Fox as Miranda, Scott Handy in the pivotal role of the sprite Ariel and Ben Owukwe as Caliban, this new production directed by John Tydeman, balances the magic and the earthiness with music playing a key role
Interview with Sir Ian McKellen ...
'I think there has been quite a positive tension between how I played Prospero on stage and here in the studio. The one big difference I suppose is that what you can do on stage is not necessarily what you can do on an audiobook recording
On stage, an actor can be doing one thing and saying something else whereas here, in the recording studio, you must be much clearer about what you are doing, so it is unambiguous
So John Tydeman has been stressing certain qualities such as anger and passion, love or regard and gentleness. I think that makes the performance less complicated for me which is the right thing to do
It isn't really a complicated play. The story is swift and unremarkable really except the forgiveness that takes place. It all happens very quickly
It is satisfying at the end for the audience that everything is so neatly and certainly resolved. There is less ambiguity at the end of this play than there is at the end of most Shakespeare. Well there are some happy marriages, such as Beatrice and Benedick for example, which are probably doomed to failure, whereas Miranda and Ferdinand seem well matched and Prospero got it right as he gets most things right really"
Runs about two and a half hours