Alonso rejoices to see his son, Ferdinand rejoices to show-off his new girl, and Miranda rejoices at seeing so many dudes—hence the line "O brave new world that has such people in it." Prospero promises to explain most of this eventually. Tonight he'll tell some of his life story and everyone will head back to Naples via ships in the morning. Prospero says he'll watch the kids get married, and then he'll retire to his dukedom in peace. He charges Ariel to make sure the ships get to Naples safely, and then frees him from the servant gig.
D oes the pervasive trickery almost steal the show, upstage the actors? A touch. Some of the barer, sparer scenes suffer a little in comparison; Prospero’s other slave, Caliban (Joe Dixon), with his faux-belly and stuck-on spine, looks rather old-school by comparison. Yet there is barely a dull moment, and crucially, poignantly, Beale – who delivers key lines from “our revels now are ended” directly to his daughter Miranda (Jenny Rainsford), moved to tears at her newfound devotion for young prince Ferdinand – winds up just in a simple pool of light. Here is low-tech ordinary man asking for one final imaginative leap on our part to waft him on his way to Naples. The magic lies in us, too.