Venus and Adonis

Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Susan Prior, Melissa Madden Gray. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Venus and Adonis

By William Shakespeare

11 April 2008 – 04 May 2008 Beckett Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, Bell Shakespeare Company,

Classic Theatre Co-Production

In 1593 William Shakespeare has a hit on his hands. London is in the throes of the Black Death and the playhouses are all shut up, along with most else in the city. Now struggling to earn a living, young Will sets himself the task of rewriting Ovid's story of Venus and her lover Adonis, and the result is one of the most celebrated carnal poems of desire and death. In its day, it's said, Venus and Adonis was the reading of 'courtesans, lascivious nuns, adulterous housewives, or libidinous young girls' and the well-thumbed text of university students.

In 2009 this production toured to Sydney Theatre Company's The Wharf (11-28 February) and the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland (18-21 March).

Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Susan Prior, Melissa Madden Gray. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Melissa Madden Gray, Susan Prior. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Melissa Madden Gray, Susan Prior. Photographer: Jeff Busby
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Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Susan Prior, Melissa Madden Gray. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Melissa Madden Gray, Susan Prior. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Venus and Adonis". L-R: Melissa Madden Gray, Susan Prior. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Cast

Creatives

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Playwright

Anna Tregloan

Anna Tregloan

Designer

Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson

Lighting Designer

Marion Potts

Marion Potts

Director, Artistic Director, Adaptor

Andree Greenwell

Andree Greenwell

Composer

David Franzke

David Franzke

Sound Designer

Maryanne Lynch

Maryanne Lynch

Dramaturg

Russell Goldsmith

Russell Goldsmith

Sound Operator/Engineer

Ovid

Poet

Ben Hauptmann

Ben Hauptmann

Musician

David Hewitt

David Hewitt

Musician

Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

Musician

Julia Smith

Assistant Stage Manager

Darren Kowacki

Darren Kowacki

Stage Manager

Curtis Bayliss

Voice Coach

Acknowledgements

A co-production of Malthouse Theatre and Bell Shakespeare developed through Mind's Eye.

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