The Tempest

John Dryden (1631 - 1700) and William Davenant (1606 - 1668)

John Dryden and William D'Avenant's Restoration adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest preserves the main plot and characters of the original. Prospero, the former Duke of Milan, lives on an isolated island with his daughter Miranda, and plans to take revenge on his brother Antonio, who usurped his throne. He is aided by his servant, the airy sprite Ariel, and is hated by his other servant, the monster Caliban. Dryden and D'Avenant added in a number of characters: Dorinda, Prospero's other daughter, Hippolito, a young man who has never seen a woman, Sycorax, Caliban's sister, and more spirits and comic mariners. They also added more song, dance, and spectacle. Their version was considered the definitive Tempest until the 19th century. - Summary by Elizabeth Klett

Narrator/Miranda/Stephano: Elizabeth Klett
Mustacho/Third Devil/Neptune: Kristin Gjerløw
Ventoso/Pride: Frances Brown
Trincalo/Fraud: mb
Hippolito/Cabin-boy: bala
Alonzo: Algy Pug
Antonio: Leonard Wilson
Gonzalo: Bob Neufeld
Ferdinand: Eden Rea-Hedrick
Prospero: Bruce Pirie
Ariel/Aeolus: Libby Gohn
Milcha/First Devil/Amphitrite: Availle
Caliban/Second Devil/Tethys: Alan Mapstone
Dorinda: Maryanka
Sycorax/Murder/Oceanus: Lucy Perry

Audio edited by Elizabeth Klett

Genre(s): Comedy, Romance

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 Prologue/Act 1 Group 00:31:59
Play 02 Act 2 Group 00:36:58
Play 03 Act 3 Group 00:37:54
Play 04 Act 4 Group 00:38:00
Play 05 Act 5/Epilogue Group 00:24:05