Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 7:30pm


Beaulieu Abbey
New Forest
SO42 7ZN
United Kingdom


Shakespeare's rare and unusual love poem Venus and Adonis comes alive in this dramatised reading at the Beaulieu Abbey Domus.

Venus and Adonis was a narrative poem, written by Shakepeare in 1592/93 and dedicated to Henry Wriothesley, Third Earl of Southampton, an ancestor of the current Lord Montagu. Although neglected later it was enormously popular in its day and was commended recently at the Hay Festival by Germaine Greer as the work which made Shakespeare's name far beyond the play-going crowd in London. It also laid the foundations for Shakespeare's links with Hampshire.

In this dramatised reading of an abridged version of the poem by director Cecily O'Neill, accompanied by music of the era and a short literary introduction, the tragi-comic love story is brought to life through the worldly wise commentary of the goddess Flora and the god Vulcan as they observe the hilarious wooing of a younger Adonis (who is more interested in hunting than romance) by an older Venus.

First staged to full houses and a marvellous reception at this year's Winchester Festival the performance is accompanied by a highly illustrated commemorative programme which includes the text and articles providing the literary and historical background to the poem. As a way of completing your understanding of the full range of Shakespeare's literary talents Venus & Adonis is not to be missed.

For details of how to book, please see  The performance begins at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm.

Venus and Adonis is brought to you by Hyde900 and the English Project with support from the University of Winchester, Hampshire County Council, Adam Architecture, and the Leathersellers Company.