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Heuristic Media - The Tempest
“I can imagine generations who will owe a lifelong love of Shakespeare to this astonishing app” - Stephen Fry

The Tempest from Heuristic Shakespeare is the first in a collection of thirty-seven separate apps. Each app is a tool for demystifying a play and making it more enjoyable for a modern audience. Shakespeare wrote his plays to be seen and heard, not read. Heuristic Shakespeare apps put you face to face with his characters at the heart of each play. It makes his language and references easily accessible and helps you understand each play from the inside out.


The First of Many! Our pilot app, The Tempest, is already creating a buzz in literary, academic and theatrical circles. We are now looking for partners to help create and disseminate all 37 plays.



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  • Reading the script of any play is a problem, even for professional actors. Heuristic Shakespeare is designed to provide an answer. Following the text and watching the actors read the words out loud is like having your own private performance always to hand. I think it will appeal to students at whatever level, as much as to theatregoers who want to study the play.
    Sir Ian Mckellen
  • Over 400 years, Shakespeare has evolved as new media have emerged - a hundred years ago it was film, while today for the first time he is brought to full and new life in the rich and innovative medium of the App.
    Sir Jonathan Bate - Shakespeare Scholar
  • I don’t think there has yet been an app so complete, full and beautifully arranged for the iPad. As future-proofed a teaching resource, as rich and detailed an entertainment and as thoroughly researched, beautifully performed and majestically presented a dramatic production as has yet been achieved in the medium. I can imagine generations who will owe a lifelong love of Shakespeare to this astonishing app.
    Stephen Fry
  • I think it's a very good idea, indeed
    Judy Dench
  • A cast of professional Shakespearean actors performing the play
  • The full text of The Tempest as published in the First Folio
  • A full digital version of Arden Shakespeare The Tempest including full notes and commentary
  • A linked historical time line of Shakespeare's life, his plays, his theatres, and the historical context
  • Video talks by both Sir Ian McKellen and Professor Sir Jonathan Bate on characters, themes, and the overall play
  • Full breakdowns and explanations of every character with a visual rundown of all their lines across the scenes
  • A full “play at a glance” with illustrations and summaries to explain the plot with key quotes and events.
  • A history of all the major productions of The Tempest from the 17th century to the present day.
  • The ability to make notes, copy and highlight text that can be collected, correlated and exported for later use.