Venus and Adonis by William Shakespeare

Saturday 22 October
St Bartholomew’s Church, Hyde, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 7DF

​An abridged version directed by Cecily O’Neill with music by The Food of Love ensemble. Introduction by Professor Christopher Mulvey of the English Project.

Following its sell-out appearances at this year’s Winchester Festival and at Beaulieu, the Hyde900/English Project production of Shakespeare’s tragi-comic long poem about the ill-starred love affair of Venus and Adonis is back to its roots in Hyde. Addressed to Henry Wriothesley, Earl of Southampton and the grandson of Thomas Wriothesley who was responsible for pulling down Hyde Abbey in the late 1530s, the poem made Shakespeare’s name nationally long before his fame spread as a dramatist.

Hyde resident Cecily O’Neill, well-known both as a director and drama educationalist, has worked with a small team of actors including well known local actor Nigel Bradshaw to produce this highly entertaining staged version of the poem which features music directed by Chris Burgess and the Food of Love.

A specially produced programme-with-text designed by Hyde resident Sharon Cluett and illustrated by former Hyde resident Kate Arnold completes the package on what will be an exceptional event. Definitely not to be missed!

Numbers limited to 220. Booking recommended. Tickets £8, Hyde900 members £6, students free.

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