Shakespeare's magical last play, his poignant farewell to the stage, has love, tragedy and comedy in equal measure. Following his RSC debut with Speaking Like Magpies, Rupert Goold, Artistic Director of Oxford Stage Company, directs. RSC Honorary Associate Artist Patrick Stewart returns to the company to play Prospero. He last performed with the RSC in Henry IV. More recently he has been seen in the West End in A Life in the Theatre. "This is the freshest British reconception of The Tempest in at least fifteen years: fresh both to those well-acquainted with the play and to those coming to it for the first time." -- Financial Times The Tempest is presented in association with the University Musical Society of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.