Sweet Tea Shakespeare: "Pericles" (June 5–21) or "The Tempest" (June 6–20)

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What You'll Get

  • General admission
  • Children under 5 receive free admission.
  • Performances are at The 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear or Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
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Till Pericles be dead,

My heart can lend no succor to my head.

Pericles, the young prince of Tyre, is on the run. His attempts to woo the daughter of King Antiochus have seriously backfired, thanks to a riddle that Antiochus thought unsolvable. After Pericles’ wits unearth a terrible truth the King would have rather kept secret, he flees, ready to brave the dangerous seas and start a new life (and a new family) abroad. But years later, Pericles, his wife, and his daughter are still haunted by the past.

Though not as well known as some of Shakespeare’s other works, Pericles is nevertheless notable for its themes of loss and redemption. But its strange plot, which reels like a ship in a storm from one surprise to the next, has led scholars to suspect that Shakespeare didn’t write it alone, or at least not in the form that survives today. This makes a viewing of Pericles a unique experience that seems to contradict even the Bard’s most familiar tropes: what seems to be love at first sight is anything but, an early challenge for the hero goes unconquered, and not even the most virtuous characters are entirely safe from corruption.

The Tempest

“O, wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in’t!”

More than a decade has passed since Prospero was banished from his own land. Stripped of his dukedom, and left with nothing but his infant daughter, Prospero turned to a new kind of power—magic, with which he has ruled the tiny island of his exile by bending its inhabitants to his will. When a violent storm—of Prospero’s conjuring, of course—shipwrecks his former enemies on his island, the sorcerer must decide whether enacting his revenge is worth betraying his grown daughter’s heart. Thought to be the last play that Shakespeare ever wrote, The Tempest is also one of his strangest—a unique combination of comedy, tragedy, and romance that doesn’t fall easily into any of the Folio’s usual categories. The result is a complex, lyrical play that some critics have interpreted as Shakespeare’s own farewell to the stage that served him so well.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jun 21, 2018. Limit 8/person. Reservation required. Redeem on day of show for a ticket at the venue box office. Refundable only on day of purchase. Merchant is issuer of tickets - discount reflects current ticket prices, which may change. ADA seating cannot be guaranteed; contact box office prior to purchase for availability. Ticket value includes all fees. Children under 5 receive free admission. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

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