Venus and Adonis archive(1593). Written by a youthful Shakespeare at the time that London's theatres closed their doors in fear of the Plague. Venus and Adonis is an epic poem of wit and sensuous beauty. It tells the tale of the sex goddess, Venus and her passionate obsession for the petulant and beautiful Adonis. He rejects her offer of love, preferring the joys of boar hunting. However, after finally succumbing to her advances, the story ends in tragedy.


Author: Shakespeare
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Archive listings for Venus and Adonis

Work type: Play.


Company Act V Theatre Company.
3 Apr 18 to 7 Apr 18Alma Tavern Theatre, Bristol :: V0707367604
listing details L797086777


Director Gregory Doran. Company Royal Shakespeare Company. Company Little Angel Puppet Theatre.
26 Jul 17 to 4 Aug 17Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V136
listing details L0856711336


From Cape Town, South Africa. The unique and much-loved Isango Ensemble from Cape Town kick proceedings off with a carnival interpretation of this great narrative poem. Isango have already enchanted audiences in the West End with their reimagining of The Mysteries - Yiimimangaliso and The Magic Flute - Impempe Yomlingo. They will bring the same modern African sensibility, brimming over with song and dance, to Shakespeare s great story of seduction and loss of innocence. Performed in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotho, Setswana, Afrikaans, South African EnglishCompany Isango Ensemble.
29 Apr 13 to 4 May 13Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, West End :: V165
listing details L241782424
21 Apr 12 to 22 Apr 12Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, West End :: V165
listing details L01960544066


Presented byThe Rose Bankside. Director David Pearce.
2 Aug 12 to 25 Aug 12The Rose Playhouse, Inner London :: V0290483190
listing details L1992107755


Company Transition Opera. Director Netia Jones. Conductor Christian Curnyn.
11 Feb 09 to 14 Feb 09Wilton's Music Hall, Inner London :: V1165
listing details L01483442496


Puppet versionCompany Royal Shakespeare Company (by arrangement with The Little Angel Theatre). Director Gregory Doran. Design Robert Jones. Design Lyndie White (puppets). Design Jan Zalud (puppets). Design John Roberts (puppets). Design Stefan Fichert (puppets). Design Simon Auton (puppets). Design Jungmin Song (puppets).
22 Mar 07 to 28 Apr 07Little Angel Theatre, Inner London :: V209
listing details L01139744606
15 Mar 07 to 17 Mar 07Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V136
listing details L128117452


Inspired by both Japanese Bunraku puppets and Jacobean Court Masque, this production tells the story of Venus and Adonis with marionettes, rod, shadow and table-top puppets. Since May 2004, an international group of Puppet makers - from the Czech Republic, Germany and South Africa, has been hard at work in the Islington workshops, whilst the miniature costumes are being made in the RSC wardrobe department in Stratford-upon-Avon.Producer Royal Shakespeare Company. Producer Little Angel Theatre. Adapted by Gregory Doran. Director Gregory Doran. Director Steve Tipland (puppetry). Design Robert Jones. Design Lyndie Wright (puppets). Design Jan Zalud (puppets). Design John Roberts (puppets). Design Stefan Fichert (puppets). Design Simon Aauton (puppets). Music John Woolf. Performer Michael Pennington (narrator).
14 Oct 04 to 6 Nov 04Little Angel Theatre, Inner London :: V209
listing details L01430476234
10 Oct 04Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V135
listing details L01675270527


A rare chance to see a rich and seductive staging of this mythological tale of love and loss.Director Sarah Wooley.
13 Aug 99 to 14 Aug 99Open Air Theatre, West End :: V403
listing details L1350652664

Other listings

10 Nov 04 to 18 Dec 04The Other Place, Stratford-Upon-Avon :: V137
listing details L02087293057
24 Nov 02Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, West End :: V165
listing details L01203423350

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