Stunning Fantasy The Tempest Streams Free This Week

Stunning Fantasy The Tempest Streams Free This Week

Described as a "stunning fantasy", the Stratford Festival's production of Shakespeare's The Tempest will be streaming for free on November 10th.

In Shakespeare's great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical powers to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. But what revenge is she planning to take?

Here's everything we know about this spectacular production, and how to stream it tomorrow:



The Tempest was filmed live on stage at the Stratford festival, which runs annually and is one of the most well-known art festivals in the world, specifically recognized for its productions of Shakespearean plays. 

The festival's "Stage to Screen" initiative films its seasonal productions and releases them to cinemas worldwide. In the US, Fathom Events distributes the filmed plays to cinemas and various streaming platforms (such as PBS' Great Performances) later take over the streaming rights.

The Tempest will stream free on November 10th through Broadway on Demand's new "Broadway at Home" platform at the following hours: 12AM, 6AM, 12PM, and 6PM, all in ET. A direct link to the stream has been added to our list of free streaming plays.

In his review for the Chicago Tribune, Chris Jones said: "Henry gets to say lines that no woman has ever said at this theater — and that every creature of the theater covets. When she gets to the last three words of “Now I want spirits to enforce, art to enchant,” she hammers them home partly like someone delivering their own eulogy but also like a high school valedictorian who cares about arts education. And then she disappears up into the sky, an artist transformed into spirit. Acting can be a crummy life, but as I watched, I kept thinking about how this theater was at least allowing one of its true greats one heck of an exit."