‘one of the most incredible performances I’ve ever seen’ Always a Critic
A boy wakes up one morning and goes out.
Twenty-four hours later, a distraught woman comes across his mutilated dead body.
How this tragedy unfolds is the story of Venus and Adonis.
William Shakespeare wrote Venus and Adonis during the Plague epidemic of 1593 when London’s theatres were forced to close. He was 28 years old and his career as a playwright had barely got off the ground. Venus and Adonis was his first work to be published and was an instant bestseller, its huge popularity due in no small part to its erotic passages and vivid narrative.
Christopher Hunter’s brilliant and acclaimed one-man dramatisation takes us on a journey through Shakespeare’s vibrant language into the dark pulsating heart of Venus and Adonis.
‘I thought I would not see anything else so finely crafted, so movingly delivered for the rest of the fringe.’
‘Christopher Hunter …electrifying’
‘Christopher Hunter literally exploded into life in a highly strung, thundering performance…I can honestly say I have never seen anything quite like it before.
This is a bright hour of excellent, fast paced, passionate and exhilarating entertainment. A real treat!'
‘Beguiles belief that this could be anything but a modern-day piece of theatre ... wonderfully adapted for the stage.’