Peter Brook has staged The Tempest several times. For this 2021 creation, initiated at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord in Paris, he and Marie-Hélène Estienne have opted for their adaptation of William Shakespeare's play, the last one written by the famous playwright, according to them. This version is intended to be concentrated, "shortened from the complicated or lavish staging" attached to the original work. "Free", the final word, resonates in the background and in echo.
Indeed, The Tempest is a tale where nothing can be taken literally; it is an enigma traversed by the idea of freedom sought as much by the spirit Ariel, the slave Caliban and the Magician Prospero, confined in their own way to an island, to the past or even within themselves.
It is not, however, the art of magic that liberates Prospero, consumed by the desire to take revenge on those who betrayed him and forced him into exile, but forgiveness, especially when he sees the love his daughter Miranda feels for the son of his sworn enemy, the King of Naples.