Shakespeare’s First Acts: The Tempest

28th June 2012



Director David Farr discusses the first act of the play, which he directed recently for the RSC, with Sophie Reynolds. This interview is part of theatreVOICE’s new series for Olympics year 2012, looking at the beginning of each of Shakespeare’s plays. Recorded at the RSC offices on 25 June 2012.

He conjures my favourite character in the play, who is a spirit called Ariel; and we had no idea this spirit existed, we had no idea that this world of spirits existed until this beautiful moment when he says ‘I’m ready now’, and he conjures him; and this creature can be played in so many different ways; it’s one of the great gifts that Shakespeare gives a director and a designer is that you can do anything with this character.