The Tempest is thought to be Shakespeare’s last play. The play ends with the main character, Prospero, turning to the audience and addressing them. These may have been Shakespeare’s last words to the public. They are quite haunting. He speaks of the ephemeral nature of theater. A play being a moment in time and when it is over the magic disappears. It is also a beautifully crafted metaphor of life itself.
In this very brief video the actor David Threlfall delivers the words. Worth the moment to listen.