VENUS AND ADONIS - Written by William Shakespeare and Performed by Christopher Hunter

10th to 15th October 2017 All Performances at 7.30 pm (Sundays at 3.00 pm Only)

As a part of  ‘From The Thistle to The Rose’ - A six week celebration of all the best in creative theatre from this years 70th Edinburgh Festival hosted by UNFOLDS THEATRE and The Rose Playhouse, Bankside. London.


‘Sexually experienced woman seduces beautiful virgin boy.' Written during the plague outbreak of 1592 that shut London’s theatres, Venus and Adonis was Shakespeare’s first published work, and an instant bestseller. The vivid language and youthful vibrancy of the poetry make it an exhilarating ride. But the eroticism of the pounding narrative conceals dark and disturbing themes about love, desire and sexual power.

Christopher Hunter reimagines Shakespeare’s narrative poem as a one-man play exploring what lies behind a tale of rejected lust played out against the highest stakes.


'electrifying ... gem of a show ...' The Times

'... I thought I would not see anything else so finely crafted, so movingly delivered for the rest of the fringe.'  The Observer

The Rose is an indoor archaeological site, it is advisable to dress with an extra layer as there is no heating. There are also no toilets so please use Shakespeare’s Globe just a few hundred metres away. 
Written by
William Shakespeare
Directed by
David Salter
Presented by
The Noontide Sun & Close Quarter Productions and UNFOLDS THEATRE

Please arrive 15 minutes before the production starts to pay for or collect your tickets.

Booking Information


£15 Full / £12 Concs (OAP, Student or Equity - on presentation of valid ID) £10 Friends of The Rose or Southwark Residents – should apply directly to The Rose

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