NEWPORT, R.I. – In celebration of William Shakespeare’s 447th birthday, Salve Regina’s English department and Theatre Arts program will co-sponsor a free screening of director Julie Taymor’s 2010 film version of Shakespeare’s play, “The Tempest.”
The screening, free and open to the public, will be held on Monday, April 18 at 7 p.m. at the historic Casino Theatre, 9 Freebody St.
Taymor’s film casts Helen Mirren as Prospera in a gender-bending version of the play. When the film premiered at the Venice Film Festival, Mirren was lauded by London’s Telegraph for being at “the peak of her powers.”
Taymor is known for directing “The Lion King” on Broadway and the films “Frieda” and “Across the Universe.” Supporting actors to Mirren in “The Tempest” include Russell Brand, Alan Cumming, Chris Cooper, Alfred Molina, Djimon Hounsou and David Stathairn.
In the film, Prospera, the duchess of Milan, is usurped by her brother Antonio and sent off on a raft to die with her 4-year-old daughter Miranda. She becomes stranded on an island and then its ruler after she enslaves Caliban, the only inhabitant of that island.
Twelve years later, Alonso, the King of Naples, is on a ship with his son Ferdinand and Antonio, when Prospera casts a magic spell and causes a tempest that wrecks Alonso’s ship and leaves the party stranded on the island. “The Tempest” traces Prospera’s acts of vengeance and forgiveness, her power struggle with Caliban, and her relationship with her daughter Miranda.
The showing of this film coincides with the week of Shakspeare’s birthday, which traditionally has been celebrated on April 23 (records indicate he was baptized April 26, 1564).
For more information, contact Salve Regina’s Department of English at 401-341-3234.