19 September 2019 / Performance
Venus and Adonis – Poel style
image: the Poel Workshop participants on the stage of the National Theatre, 2019
VENUS & ADONIS – By William Shakespeare
A REHEARSED-READ PERFORMANCE by actors from the STR POEL WORKSHOPS.
Fancy hearing a reading of Shakespeare’s ‘Venus and Adonis’? Well – leave your Victorian values at home as this is not a poem for the easily shocked!
Hugely popular – and reprinted 9 times in his life – ‘Venus & Adonis’ is adapted from the classical story, drawing inspiration from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’.
Dedicated to his close friend Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton, Shakespeare’s version casts Adonis as a youth more interested in hunting boar than hunting women, and presents an unfolding drama of “What happens when the Goddess of Love falls in love herself?”
Read by professional actors and graduates of the rigorous POEL WORKSHOPS, this performance is open to the public and is the first of its kind presented by The Society for Theatre Research.
Wed 9th of October. 6-8pm
Tickets £5 on the door, £4 in advance
book via Eventbrite
at the Westminster Reference Library
35 St Martin’s Street, London WC2H 7HP
Please note there is no wheelchair, lift or ramp access to this building.