Act V Theatre Company presents
Venus and Adonis
by William Shakespeare
at The Bath Festival Fringe
Rondo Theatre, St Saviours Road, Bath BA1 66RT
Wednesday 30th May at 8PM
Box Office http://rondotheatre.co.uk/box-office/
Tickets £10 (£8 concessions)
Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first ‘bestseller’. Written in 1593, when the theatres were closed because of the plague, it was an immediate success, running to 16 editions over the next few years.
It tells the story of the goddess Venus, her obsession for the mortal Adonis and their passionate encounter.
In Venus and Adonis’ dazzling verbal virtuosity, the young Shakespeare explores love with the wit and pathos that would be later found in his best-loved romantic comedies.
‘A perfect example in miniature of Shakespeare’s genius: vivid characterisation, terrific storytelling and sublime poetry, but also sensational comic material, followed instantly by moving tragedy’(Gregory Doran RSC).
Shakespeare’s classic has been adapted into a play for four actors and violinist, with the stripped-back technique that Act V specialises in.
“A superbly stripped-down version of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. Act V Theatre has gained a well-deserved reputation for its imaginative interpretations of Shakespeare, and this ‘Macbeth’ is no exception to this consistently high standard” (Bristol Evening Post).
“In fact, the best Shakespeare of 2005, was a stripped-bare Macbeth at the Alma, courtesy of locals Act V. A fast, lusty rip-roarer with a cast of four and no scene changes, thrusting the play’s envy, black magic and machismo centre stage” (Venue).