The Tempest

The Tempest Weymouth Drama Club

Our summer production ‘The Tempest‘ is staged in the open at the Nothe Fort.  The production was selected by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Open Stages project, which enabled us to work closely with the RSC to produce a production of the highest quality.

This prestigious endorsement means that the club has the opportunity to work with a director from the RSC, and will benefit from national marketing of their original adaption of one of the best-known plays in the bards’ repertoire.

Director and adaptor of “The Tempest”, Richard Grafton, who was responsible for the Drama Club’s previous performance of “A Midsummer Nights Dream”, is delighted with this national recognition of the Club’s work. Richard’s adaptation of the play uses the original dialogue, but is set firmly in the present day.

The production will also raise funds for The Nothe Fort, one of Weymouths’ principal visitor attractions. The interior courtyard of this Victorian building makes a perfect performance arena, and the audience are encouraged to bring picnics, contributing to a perfect summer’s evening of quality entertainment.

The Open Stages programme aims to bring amateur and professional theatre together to encourage performance of Shakepeares’ work. Successful companies will be encouraged to perform at regional centres and even at the newly-refurbished Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford on Avon.

The Tempest” by William Shakespeare, adapted by Richard Grafton

VENUE: The Nothe Fort, Weymouth
DATES: 14th – 18th June, 2011
TICKETS: No longer


14th – 18th June 2011


  • Boatswain – Jemima Phillips
  • Alonso – Simon Raynes
  • Sebastian – Paul Gorsuch
  • Antonio – Chris Walker
  • Ferdinand – Ralph Wheeler
  • Gonzalo – Colin Clare
  • Prospero  – Rob Tripp
  • Miranda – Gina Huntley
  • Ariel – Rachel Turberville-Smith
  • Caliban – Antionette Richards
  • Trinny – Deborah Walton
  • Steph – Caroline Portsmouth
  • Chorus – Zoe Hawkins, Julie Hook, Sue King, Richard Hook

Production Team

  • Director – Richard Grafton


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