03 LASTShakespeare's The Tempest2012050620130421David Warner is Prospero, with Carl Prekopp as Ariel, Rose Leslie as Miranda and Don Warrington as Gonzalo. Shakespeare's play of magic, romance and revenge. Broadcast as part of the Shakespeare Unlocked season.

Four hundred years after its first performance, Shakespeare's play still captivates audiences with its story of usurping brothers, monsters, magic and romance. Significantly it is also a world in which sound plays a crucial part, with Prospero's island being 'full of noises'. Prospero, the exiled Duke of Milan plots to restore his daughter Miranda to her rightful place, using illusion and skilful manipulation. A tempest brings Prospero's brother Antonio and Alonso, King of Naples to the island. Once there, Ariel and Prospero's machinations bring about the revelation of Antonio's evil cunning, the redemption of Alonso, and the marriage of Miranda to Alonso's son, Ferdinand.

Prospero...David Warner

Miranda...Rose Leslie

Ariel...Carl Prekopp

Caliban...James Garnon

Ferdinand...Al Weaver

Alonso...Paul Moriarty

Antonio/Boatswain...James Lailey

Sebastian...Peter Hamilton Dyer

Gonzalo...Don Warrington

Trinculo...Don Gilet

Stephano...Gerard McDermott

Ceres...Deeivya Meir

Music written and performed by The Devil's Violin Company

Sarah Moody, Luke Carver Goss and Oliver Wilson-Dickson

Sound production by Caleb Knightley

Adapted for radio and directed by Jeremy Mortimer

David Warner made his stage debut exactly 50 years ago, when he appeared in Tony Richardson's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Court. Three years later, in 1965, he played Hamlet at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford.

First broadcast in May 2012.