An adaption of William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” will be performed aboard Jamestown Settlement’s re-creation of the Susan Constant and in the re-created colonial fort.
Thursday, September 14, 2017 7:00 pm
The adaptation will depict how colonists in America’s first permanent English settlement would have staged their own production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” complete with music and dance. An Elizabethan Fair pre-show at the ships’ pier will set the stage for the outdoor drama, which will begin at 7 p.m. aboard Jamestown Settlement’s Susan Constant, where the events of the storm will unfold. A procession of dancers and music will move the drama to the re-created colonial fort, where the play will resume at 7:45 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
There is a strong historical connection between the Jamestown Colony and Shakespeare’s play. In 1609, the Sea Venture, an English ship bound for Jamestown, wrecked on the unknown island of Bermuda. An account of how the Sea Venture’s passengers survived on the strange and magical island provided the inspiration for Shakespeare’s enchanted setting in “The Tempest.”
Tickets are available online. Space is limited to 150 for each performance. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $18 for ages 6-16, seniors age 62 and older, and groups of 15 or more. Admission is free for children under 6.
2110 Jamestown Rd
Williamsburg, VA 23185