Playhouse Theatre Weston: Modern Shakespeare for Children with SK4's The Tempest

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By ThePlayhouse at 14:37 on 30/01/13

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THE hugely popular Shakespeare 4 Kidz Theatre Company is on its way to The Playhouse Theatre in Weston-super-Mare as part of its 2013 tour.

This year the company return with S4K's The Tempest, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's final play, blending easy to understand modern dialogue with Shakespeare's original verse.

Already touring in the UK the show is gaining rave reviews from critics, teachers, parents and school-children.

Whatsonstage.com called it a "masterful and fun version of one of Shakespeare's finest plays" and a "terrific production that will either have its audience rushing to the library to read the original text or booking tickets for more shows. Hopefully both."

The Tempest is one of S4K's repertoire of six musical adaptations all written by Julian Chenery with his musical collaborator Matt Gimblett.

Their shows are specially loved by school children and their teachers as they tell the stories clearly through a mix of modern language and best-known original lines, music and dance so that everyone can understand.

The play tells how Prospero, the Duke of Milan with magical powers, has been usurped and chased into exile by his brother. He lands on a beautiful island where for 12 years he brings up his daughter Miranda with only the misshapen Caliban and mischievous spirit Ariel for company.

Prospero conjures a storm which results in the shipwreck of his brother and court on the island and then puts more of his magic to work to ensure a happy ending for everyone.

He finally decides to abandon his powers, which experts think was Shakespeare's way of telling audiences he was giving up writing for the stage.

The songs range from pop to comic to musical theatre – with plenty of hidden references by the writers to shows currently in London's West End and on Broadway.

The cast features plenty of S4K favourites returning once again Ben Goodridge (Lord Capulet in 2012's tour of S4K's Romeo & Juliet) is Prospero; Noel Andrew Harron (Mercutio in R&J and Puck in S4K's 2010 tour of A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a "Gollum-esque" Caliban; Gary Roe's Trinculo is "comic joy" and Claire Coultry "giving a stand-out performance" is Ariel.

"SK4's The Tempest" will be at the Playhouse, Weston-super-Mare, on Thursday 21 February (10.30am & 2pm) and Friday 22 February at 10.30am. Tickets price £18 adults, children £11 are available on 01934 645 544 or online at http://tinyurl.com/ckzqxvr School Groups receive one teacher Free per 10 Children paid for.

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013

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