On Saturday night I went to the Tempest, as performed by a group of school kids. I went because Kate, Catherine and my god daughter was performing as one of the evil lords (a role I feel suited her well). Anyways, I knew nothing about the play before I went along and in fact joked that I thought it was about short term office workers. The play was excellent, especially considering that the kids involved only had a week to learn their lines. Some of them had an awful lot of monologs to perform, and got away with only minimal prompting.
It kinda made me want to see a professional performance, or at least read the book.