Saturday, July 2, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, July 3, 2016 - 3:00pm


Church of St Laurence in the Square
The Square
SO23 9EX
United Kingdom


The English Project has joined with HYDE900 to adapt and dramatize Shakespeare’s breakthrough long poem, published in 1593, for a staged reading accompanied by contemporary music.

Our link with the poem is quite specific. It was dedicated by Shakespeare to Henry Wriothesley (see below), Third Earl of Southampton whose grandfather, Thomas Wriothesley, demolished Hyde Abbey and acquired much of the abbey's wealth. So there is a direct connection between the fate of the abbey – whose south transept has just been revealed by our community archaeology project - and the dedicatee of Shakepeare's most successful early work.

Adapted and Directed by Cecily O’Neill

Introduced by Christopher Mulvey

Music by Christopher Burgess and the Food of Love Ensemble

Produced by Edward Fennell

Supported The University of Winchester, Hampshire County Council, and The Worshipful Leatherers   

For tickets, visit the Winchester Festival Box Office

For more on our production see

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival! 

Venus & Adonis