prospero's book by peter greenaway


An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'.

PROSPEROS books Cast

Directed by Peter Greenaway

Writing Credits  
William Shakespeare play "The Tempest"
Peter Greenaway

Cast in credits order
John Gielgud - Prospero
Michael Clark - Caliban
Michel Blanc - Alonso
Erland Josephson - Gonzalo
Isabelle Pasco - Miranda
Tom Bell - Antonio
Kenneth Cranham - Sebastian
Mark Rylance - Ferdinand
Gerard Thoolen - Adrian
Pierre Bokma - Francisco
Jim van der Woude - Trinculo
Michiel Romeyn - Stephano
Orpheo - Ariel
Paul Russell - Ariel
James Thierrée - Ariel (as James Thiérrée)
Emil Wolk - Ariel
Marie Angel - Iris
Ute Lemper - Ceres
Deborah Conway - Juno

Produced by
Philippe Carcassonne - co-producer
Masato Hara - associate producer
Kees Kasander - executive producer / producer
Michel Seydoux - co-producer
Denis Wigman - executive producer
Roland Wigman - associate producer

Music by
Michael Nyman

Cinematography by
Sacha Vierny

Film Editing by
Marina Bodbijl

Production Design by 
Ben van Os
Jan Roelfs

Costume Design by
Ellen Lens

Makeup Department
Mariël Hoevenaars - assistant makeup artist

Production Management
Karin Van Der Werff - production manager

Art Department
Rob Duiker - carpenter
John Rawsthorn - painter
Jorien Sont - props maker
Floris Vos - propmaker
Ben Zuydwijk - painter
Peter Greenaway - sculptor: Prospero's books (uncredited)
Todd Van Hulzen - scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department
Mike Dowson - sound re-recording mixer
Mathew Knights - sound editor
Garth Marshall - production sound
Chris Wyatt - sound editor
Tim Partridge - dolby sound consultant (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department
Nico Komen - best boy
Chris Renson - camera operator
Reinier van Brummelen - gaffer

Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Lens - costume designer: Prospero's creatures
Debbie Luiten - wardrobe assistant
Cyntia Roosberg - wardrobe assistant
Dien van Straalen - wardrobe mistress
Emi Wada - costume designer: Prospero's cloak

Music Department
Tim Amhurst - musician: double bass
Graham Ashton - musician: trumpet
Alexander Balanescu - musician: violin
Nigel Barr - musician: bass trombone
Jonathan Carney - musician: violin
Richard Clews - musician: horn
Clare Conners - musician: violin
David Cunningham - music producer
Marjorie Dunn - musician: horn
Martin Elliott - musician: bass guitar
Andrew Findon - musician: tenor/baritone saxophone, piccolo and flute
John Harle - musician: soprano and alto saxophone
Tony Hinnigan - musician: cello
Lynda Houghton - musician: double bass
Sarah Leonard - musician: Soprano solo
Paul Morgan - musician: double bass
Kate Musker - musician: viola
Michael Nyman - musical director / musician: piano
Justin Pearson - musician: cello
David Rix - musician: clarinet and bass clarinet
Steve Saunders - musician: bass trombone
Jamie Talbot - musician: soprano and alto saxophone

Other crew
Michael Clark - choreographer: Caliban
Milfid Ellis - coach: actors
Jacques Janssen Milanese - hats
Han Ing Lim - book designer
Caitlin Maynard - production assistant
Maggie McMahon Milanese - ruffs
Roger Phillips - end titles
Eve Ramboz - infography
Kayo Sakurai - assistant: Emi Wada
Karine Saporta - choreographer
Trix van Alphen - publicist