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The Tempest by William Shakespeare

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'Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises'

The University of Adelaide Theatre Guild is kicking off its 2023 season and 85th anniversary with a strictly limited season of William Shakespeare's tragicomedy The Tempest."

A thrilling tale of magic, betrayal, love and forgiveness, The Tempest is widely regarded as Shakespeare's farewell to the stage.

Don't miss this special opportunity to see The Tempest at University of Adelaide's iconic Little Theatre.


A story of shipwreck and magic, The Tempest begins on a ship caught in a violent storm with Alonso, the King of Naples, on board. On a nearby island, the exiled Duke of Milan, Prospero, tells his daughter, Miranda, that he has caused the storm with his magical powers. Prospero had been banished twelve years earlier when Prospero's sister, Antonio - also on the doomed ship - conspired with Alonso to become the Duke instead. Prospero and Miranda are served by a spirit named Ariel, and by Caliban, son of the island's previous inhabitant, the witch Sycorax.

On the island, castaways from the wreck begin to appear, including Alonso's son Ferdinand, who immediately falls in love with Miranda. Other castaways join forces with Caliban to kill Prospero and take over the island. The nobles from the ship are confronted with spectacles including a Harpy, who convinces Alonso that death is retribution for Prospero's exile.

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Featuring a cast of local favourites including Jack Robins, John Charles, Finty McBain, Susan Cilento, Bronwyn Ruciak, Harry Ollerenshaw, Ann Portus, Ellie Schaefer, Theodoros Papazis, Annie Matsouliadis, Emily Dalziel, Maxwell Whigham, Bhavya Kulathunga, Ariel 'Inkie' Elliott-Potter, and Amelia Holds, The Tempest combines the wit and joy of Shakespeare's best comedies, alongside elements of tragedy and sorrow.


Tickets are $25 Full / $20 Concession. Tickets are now on sale at (transaction fee applies).

School classes just $15 per student. Please email to make a class booking.

Tickets at the door subject to availability. Group Bookings: 10 or more at concession rate.

Choose from the following performances:

Friday 24 March, 7:30pm

Saturday 25 March, 7:30pm

Sunday 26 March, 4pm Matinee

Wednesday 29 March, 7:00pm (note earlier time)

Thursday 30 March, 7:30pm

Friday 31 March, 7:30pm

Saturday 1 April, 2pm Matinee

Saturday 1 April, 7:30pm

For more information on the production and ticketing options, please see

For all the latest, please follow @UoATheatreGuild on Facebook and Instagram.

Little Theatre is located in The Cloisters at The University of Adelaide. Please allow extra time for parking especially when there is an event at Adelaide Oval.

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When: Friday 24 March - Saturday 1 April 2023
Where: Little Theatre, University of Adelaide, Victoria Drive (Gate 10), The Cloisters, The University of Adelaide
Cost: Tickets $20 - $25
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