A distant galaxy rather than a desert island is the preferred backdrop for the latest version of The Tempest, William Shakespeare's classic story of exile, revenge and reconciliation, to reach the stage of the Belgrade.
Renowned Shakespeare innovators Oddsoscks Productions have turned to deep space for their latest irreverent re-telling of one of the Bard's masterpieces. Audiences are invited to share an epic journey aboard a spaceship manned by ageing astronaut Prospero and his fearless daughter Miranda. There will be close encounters with a host of madcap aliens and a soundtrack brimming with popular songs in what is a family-friendly and accessible space-age romp.
Andy Barrow, Artistic Director for Derby-based Oddsocks, said, "Oddsocks is a theatrical experience for everyone. As actors, we're putting on a party and everybody is invited. It's theatre that's highly energetic, full of life and plenty of laughs. It's Shakespeare, but not as you know it."
Barrow himself plays Prospero and Scottie in the production, which follows last year's well-received Oddsocks Shakespeare, the Mods and Rockers-themed Romeo and Juliet. Dom Gee Burch is Sebastian and Caliban and Alice Merivale takes the roles of Miranda and Ariel 2.
Tickets are available from the box office on 024 7655 3055 or online at www.belgrade.co.uk.