25 July, 2017 //

Venus and Adonis

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the Royal Shakespeare Company in Dublin!

‘Witty, erotic and ingenious’ ★★★★ – The Guardian

‘Shakespeare’s racy verse turned into a terrific puppet show’ – ★★★★ The Telegraph

‘… little short of brilliant.’ – ★★★★★ WhatsOnStage

A timeless tale of unrequited love weaving together comedy, poetry, tragedy and beautiful poetry.


This little-known gem was Shakespeare’s first bestseller back in 1593; it weaves together comedy, tragedy and beautiful poetry to tell the raunchy story of Venus and her obsession with the handsome but puritanical Adonis. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran brings this dazzling, timeless tale of unrequited love to life once more, integrating narration, music and puppetry with Shakespeare’s kaleidoscopic verse. The Royal Shakespeare Company returns to Dublin to bring this unique work to the Dublin Theatre Festival.

Created in collaboration with Little Angel Theatre, the home of British puppetry

By the Royal Shakespeare Company in association with Little Angel Theatre, UK

Presented by Civic Theatre in association with Dublin Theatre Festival.


For Ages 14+ to adult!
Director: Gregory Doran
Director of Puppetry: Steve Tiplady
Design: Robert Jones
Lighting Design: Vince Herbert
Music: Stevon Russell and John Woolf
Duration: 60 mins. No interval.

Photo © Robert Day