To celebrate the 400 years since the birth of William Shakespeare, Sudbury Dramatic Society, based at The Quay Theatre, is putting on a production of The Tempest, at The Quay from Tuesday, July 5, to Saturday, July 9, at 7.45pm.
When Duke Prospero discovers that the brother who abandoned him is sailing close to the enchanted island he has made his own, he creates a magical storm to cause a shipwreck and sets a train of events in hand.
The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s shortest plays with magic, monsters and the marooned, shipwrecks and shape-shifting.
The society says theatrical, musical and visual devices are all being combined to create a Tempest for everyone to enjoy.
An ensemble of nine actors are playing several parts and live musicians will bring the play to life combining the music of Spain with the words of Shakespeare.
Linda Dowdall from the society said Silks from local suppliers in Sudbury would help to weave the magic and to symbolise the different characters.
Tickets for The Tempest are £9 for the Tuesday and Wednesday performances and £10 for the rest of the week and are available now on 01787 374745 or online at www.quaysudbury.com.
Following the performances at The Quay The Tempest goes on tour with a garden performance at Magpies, Great Maplestead on July 16 and 17, at 2pm.
The production then goes to Spain to a small community theatre at Laroles, in Las Alpujarras on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
For more information on the garden and Spanish performances of The Tempest and links to purchase tickets go to www.sudburydramatic.com