The English Project & HYDE900 Publish Adaptation of 'Venus & Adonis' for Small Productions

Venus and Adonis was William Shakespeare's first 'big hit' when the long poem was published in 1593. Funny and wry in its account of the older Venus's erotic infatuation with the beautiful youth Adonis (who had other things on his mind) the poem had to be reprinted twelve times to satisfy its enormous popularity especially with students and women.

This abridged version from Cecily O'Neill, accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations by Kate Arnold, adapts the poem for small-scale staged productions. Supported by introductory articles to put the poem into its literary and historical context (notably the relationship of Shakespeare with Henry Wriothesley, the Earl of Southampton to whom the poem was dedicated) it brings  this brilliant but often overlooked work to new readers, performers and theatre audiences.

A clever and exciting performance adaptation, which will bring this fascinating but unjustly neglected dramatic poem to the attention of a new audience.’
Professor David Crystal

'It’s written in the vernacular … the erotic poetry which had been the province of scholars and gentlemen was suddenly being read by every housewife.'
Germaine Greer – Hay Festival 2016

 

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