Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck and Virtual Q&A

Following the story of the only Mayflower passenger to have travelled previously to North America, this 90-minute film is shown as part of Southampton's Mayflower 400 anniversary programme.

A decade before the Mayflower left our shores, Stephen Hopkins had been aboard a Jamestown-bound ship that wrecked on Bermuda inspiring Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest.

This film retraces Hopkins' life criss-crossing the Atlantic

Twice Emmy-nominated producer Andrew Giles Buckley, a Hopkins descendant, grew up hearing stories that New Plymouth's iconoclast tavern-keeper may have been the inspiration for The Tempest's drunken and mutinous Stephano.

In their Gumshoe Historian style, Buckley and crew of Hit and Run History seek out the reality of a man who was everywhere at the founding of America.

This film is being presented as part of Southampton’s Mayflower 400 programme to mark the
 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower and in partnership with the University of
 Southampton's Human Worlds Festival.

Director Andrew Buckley will join the meeting afterwards for a Q&A.

This is an online event. Ticket holders will be emailed a link to access the film and conversation which follows.

Book free tickets here.

Find out more about Southampton Film Week here.

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