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Venus and Adonis

Where
Seymour Centre
Seymour Centre
Corner of City Road and Cleveland Street, Chippendale NSW 2006
When

Mondays, Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 9:30pm Wednesdays to Sundays, 7:30pm to 9:30pm Thursday 19 October 2023 to Saturday 28 October 2023 Except Monday 23 October 2023 and Tuesday 24 October 2023

Cost

Adult: $54Concession: $42Under 35, Groups 8+ : $39Preview : $45

Following its critically acclaimed cinematic debut in 2020, Sport for Jove and Seymour Centre will present the world premiere of Damien Ryan’s new play Venus and Adonis, reframing the extraordinary vision of Shakespeare’s most important work of poetry, on at the Seymour Centre from the 29 September to 21 October. 

It’s 1593. The plague has hit London. Theatres are closed, players out of work, houses bolted, people terrified by the touch of another’s skin, the breath of another’s air. 

Shakespeare, syphilitic and dangerously bored, publishes a scandalous response to the pestilence – an epic work about the very things lost to us, like intimacy, identity, and the erotic freedom of touch.

The brainchild of writer and director Damien Ryan, Venus and Adonis “bends history” (SMH) and follows the story of Shakespeare’s most significant rival and rumoured mistress, Aemilia Lanyer. Cast as a “libidinous Venus” in Ryan’s play within a play, Lanyer’s tale is a masterful work about the need to love, the right to speak, and the power of the printed word.

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