The Tempest, Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Ontario Canada
(2 September 2010)
Christopher Plummer can act. Is there any doubt about it? If there is, two words: Last Station. But did you know he’s also one of the stage’s most prominent actors? He has credits from all over the UK, Canada and US. He has played everything from King Lear to Richard III. He has also written a book. At 81, he is still able put on a show. In Ontario he is currently playing Prospero in The Tempest. He brings many things to his show, but he doesn’t make it a one-man show. He shares the spotlight with fellow actors. Even in scenes with Miranda alone, he sits behind her and doesn’t do anything too showy.
What really makes him amazing is that he can act without any strain. His face isn’t contorted but he still conveys emotions. When he first caught Miranda and Ferdinand together, he looked old and weary without frowning. In his conversations with Ariel he conveyed deep affection without smiling. And with Caliban he showed hatred and disgust without sneering. Ariel was played by a small woman and painted completely blue. She played the mischievous creature to be a bubbling sprite. Caliban also had an elaborate costume. He had many costumes and a snaky tail. The production had fantastic costumes and effects. Tickets go fast, so don’t miss Christopher Plummer’s The Tempest.