The Tempest was one of the final plays written by the renowned Human playwright William Shakespeare. The play includes the characters of Prospero, the deposed Duke of Milan, banished by his brother to a distant island, who has since become a powerful magician, and Miranda, Prospero's daughter, who was raised by Prospero on the island.
In 2268, Kollos, mind-linked with Spock, referenced the play when first seeing Miranda Jones through humanoid eyes, saying "O brave new world / that has such creatures in't." Jones replied with the play's next line, "Tis new to thee." (TOS: "Is There in Truth No Beauty?")
In 2293, Gorkon used the play's phrase "brave new world" in speaking to Kirk. Also, General Chang quoted the play's line "Our revels now are ended" while his Bird-of-Prey attacked the USS Enterprise-A over Khitomer. (Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)
In 2399, as Jean-Luc Picard terminated the quantum simulation containing Data's consciousness, he quoted from The Tempest: "We are such stuff / As dreams are made on, and our little life / Is rounded with a sleep." (PIC: "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2")
|Selected works of William Shakespeare|
|All's Well That Ends Well • As You Like It • Hamlet • Henry IV, Part I • Henry IV, Part II • Henry V • Henry VI, Part I • Henry VI, Part II • Henry VI, Part III • Henry VIII • Julius Caesar • King John • King Lear • Love's Labour's Lost • Macbeth • Measure for Measure • The Merchant of Venice • A Midsummer Night's Dream • Much Ado About Nothing •Othello • Richard II • Richard III • Romeo and Juliet • The Tempest • Timon of Athens • Twelfth Night, or What You Will • sonnets|
Background information Edit
Several Star Trek actors have appeared in productions of The Tempest. For example, from 28 July through 12 October 2006, Patrick Stewart played Prospero in Royal Shakespeare Company's production of the play. Also, Avery Brooks portrayed Caliban in productions of the play in the 1980s.