Buy Tickets From the 2014-2015 Season: Pericles, Prince of Tyre Playing August 28, 2015 to September 06, 2015

$15 General Admission Preview Thursday August 28

2014 Cast

A dark and troubling riddle starts the heroic adventure of one man’s lifetime, a story of love gained, lost and gained again. Shakespeare woos us with his most epic theatrical journey. Join us as we follow the noble Pericles over continents and decades, goddesses and pirates, jousts and tempests.

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Synopsis for Pericles, Prince of Tyre

John Gower, the mediaeval poet, acts as Chorus throughout. His Confessio Amantis (1385-93), in which he retells the story of Apollonius of Tyre, was one of Shakespeare’s main sources.

Pericles solves the riddle propounded by Antiochus, King of Antioch, to his daughter’s suitors. The answer, which no one has found (death is the penalty of failure), is that father and daughter have had an incestuous relationship. When Pericles shows that he knows the meaning and Antiochus is suspiciously hospitable, the young Prince realizes that he must escape; back in Tyre he leaves Helicanus to govern in his absence and sets off for Tarsus where he relieves the famine-stricken city.

Still pursued by a minion of Antiochus, he puts again to sea, only to be wrecked on the shores of Pentapolis; there the King is celebrating with a tournament the birthday of his daughter Thaisa. Pericles wins, and he and Thaisa are betrothed. They expect ultimately to go to Tyre (where Pericles will now be safe), but in the great sea-storm Thaisa, after giving birth to a daughter, Marina, is thought to be dead and is thrown overboard in a waterproof chest, with a letter. When it comes to land in Ephesus the noble Cerimon revives Thaisa who, believing herself to be the only survivor, becomes a priestess of Diana’s temple. Pericles, meantime, returns to Tyre, entrusting the infant Marina to the care of Cleon, Governor of Tarsus and his wife Dionyza.

Some 14 years pass. Pericles is in Tyre; Marina has grown up in Tarsus. Dionyza, jealous of a girl who overshadows her own daughter, is about to have her murdered when pirates kidnap Marina and take her to a brothel in Mytilene. When Dionyza and Cleon tell Pericles his daughter is dead, he vows (says Gower) “Never to wash his face or cut his hairs.” In Mytilene Marina, whose purity bewilders her employers and startles the Governor, Lysimachus, manages to leave the brothel and work in an “honest house.” Pericles, in utter dejection, chances to visit the city; Lysimachus sends for Marina to comfort the stranger, and there, in his anchored ship, Pericles realizes that this is his daughter. In a dream Diana urges him to go to her temple at Ephesus, where presently he relates his tale to the priestess. She is Thaisa; and all griefs are over. Marina and Lysimachus (to whom she is now betrothed) will rule in Tyre, and Pericles and Thaisa spend the rest of their lives in Pentapolis.

-The Pocket Companion to Shakespeare’s Plays by J C Trewin

Director's Notes

Directed by Artistic Director Jeff Watkins

Show Information


Act One - 60 min / Act Two - 60 min / One 15 minute intermission

Show Roles

Antiochus - Drew Reeves*
Young Pericles - Paul Hester*
Helicanus - Andrew Houchins*
Escanes - Chris Schulz
Simonides - J. Tony Brown*
Cleon - Troy Willis*
Lysimachus - Kevin Roost
Cerimon - Nicholas Faircloth
Thaliard - J. Tony Brown*
Philemon - Kevin Roost
Leonine - J. Tony Brown*
A Pandar - Nicholas Faircloth
Boult - Andrew Houchins*
The Daughter of Antiochus - Miranda Wilson
Dionyza - Rivka Levin*
Thaisa - Mary Russell
Marina - Hayley Platt
Lychorida - Mary Ruth Ralston
Virgin - Rivka Levin*
Old Pericles - Drew Reeves*
Ephesians - J. Tony Brown*, Chris Schulz, Troy Willis*
A Bawd - Mary Ruth Ralston
Storm-beaten Man - Troy Willis*
Diana - Miranda Wilson
Gower as Chorus - Andy Offutt Irwin

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

Show Times
Shows at The Shakespeare Tavern Playhouse begin at 7:30pm, except on Sundays, when they begin at 6:30pm

Bardometer Rating

How difficult is this Shakespearean play to grasp? On a scale of 1 to 10.
What does rating this mean?

You may already know the story and what happens at the end. But even if you don’t, the play is light and the plot is easy to follow. Limited violence, limited bawdiness (see below). There are very few things – historical, religious, or political – that you need to know ahead of time. Just enjoy!

A note about bawdiness in Shakespeare: It exists. Despite what your English teacher taught you, Shakespeare wrote some pretty saucy lines and they pop up from time to time. While there is never any nudity on stage, our actors are trained to make the text clear. If we feel a show contains a plethora of Graphic Elizabethan Poetry (or is very bloody/violent/triggering) we will put that disclaimer in the blurb about the show. It won’t happen often. If this Bardometer lists a play as a 1 or 2, you can rest assured that it is an appropriate show for kids under ten.

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