William Shakespeare's final play, The Tempest, ends its five-week scheduled stint by the Knightsbridge Theatre in Pasadena July 16. Performances began June 10.
After writing the play for a production in the court of King James I, Shakespeare left London's theatre world and returned to his family farm. The Tempest is set on an island inhabited by fairies and other magical creatures where Prospero, a Duke who has lost his holdings, retires to find peace and solitude.
The Tempest will be directed by Robert Craig, familiar to Knightsbridge audiences for his As You Like It and Twelfth Night. "I believe that Prospero mirrors Shakespeare's own state of mind as he retired from the life that he loved to return to what he believed was his duty," said Craig.
Knightsbridge Theatre is located at 35 S. Raymond Avenue (in the Braley Building) in Pasadena. For tickets and information call (626) 440-0821.
The company is also currently mounting Aristophanes' Lysistrata (extended through Aug. 27), Shakespeare's Othello (to Aug. 13) and The Fantasticks (starting July 22). Soon to open is a second theatre space for Knightsbridge, with the musical Godspell as the inaugural offering. -- By Willard Manus
Southern California Correspondent