Stephano: The True Story of Shakespeare’s Shipwreck

A Dartmouth Mayflower 400 event

Andrew Buckley is a descendant of Stephen Hopkins, the only passenger who had previously been to North America before travelling on the Mayflower.

A decade earlier, Hopkins had been on board a Jamestown-bound ship called the Sea Venture, that wrecked off Bermuda.

Buckley grew up hearing stories of the man who may have inspired Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest - his descendant, Stephen Hopkins.

This film was shot on location in Plymouth (Massachusetts and England) and retraces the steps of his ancestor.

Buckley is accompanied on this journey by Christian Wessling, a member of the Wampanoag Tribe.

Event format

Andrew will give a short introduction to the film and his family history.


The film will run for 90 minutes followed by a Q&A session which will last approximately 30 minutes.

Adults: £12.00

Under-18s: £5.00

Book and view entry requirements here.

Read more about Stephen Hopkins here.

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