The Tempest

Richard Roxburgh returns to STC for this grand and magical production of what many believe to be Shakespeare's last and greatest play.

15 Nov - 17 Dec 2022

Roslyn Packer Theatre

The Play


by William Shakespeare
Directed by Kip Williams

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on.”

The iconic Richard Roxburgh returns to the STC stage for the first time in years to play one of theatre’s greatest roles in this deeply moving reflection on life, love, and what it means to let go.

As a terrible storm blows up and engulfs the sky, a crew of sailors and their entourage are shipwrecked in remote climes. Washing ashore, they discover a lonely island ruled by the powerful and enigmatic sorcerer Prospero (Roxburgh). Along with the island’s supernatural inhabitants and his daughter Miranda, Prospero seeks retribution for something that was stolen from him years prior.

Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest is vast, full of magic and contains all the wit and joy of Shakespeare’s best comedies alongside the profound human insight of his tragedies.

STC Artistic Director Kip Williams – known for grand, operatic productions like ChimericaThe Harp in the South: Part One and Part Two and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui – will direct this great work of art. Don’t miss this magnificent and uplifting meditation on the things that matter most: human connection, the passing  of time, and the very nature of existence.

Approx. duration 2hrs 50mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info.
Content Adult themes. Subject to change. More info.

Suitable for Years

English Stage 4–6

  • Shakespearean Drama
  • HSC English Advanced Module A: Textual Conversations

Drama Stage 4–6

  • Dramatic Forms and Performance Styles: Shakespeare

Themes & Ideas

  • The place of humans in the natural world
  • Magic and illusion
  • Power and colonisation

Wed 23 Nov, 11.30am
Wed 30 Nov, 11.30am

Term 4
15 Nov - 17 Dec

Approx. duration 2hrs 10mins (including interval). Subject to change. More info

1 teacher attends free with up to 20 students and 1 teacher free per 20 students after that
$35/additional teacher
$15/PSFP student

Director Kip Williams
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Set Designer Jacob Nash
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Assistant Director Courtney Stewart


Richard Roxburgh

Marketing image Andrew Cowen

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