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Shakespeare's Globe

Venus & Adonis [2013]

Written by: William Shakespeare
Directed by: Mark Dornford-May
Adapted by: Mark Dornford-May

Part of Globe to Globe 2013.

Cape Town’s Olivier award-winning Isango Ensemble return to the Globe this summer with their stunning production of Venus & Adonis. One of the most celebrated shows of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, it brings song, dance and beautiful physicality to Shakespeare’s epic love story.

Venus, Goddess of love, finds herself enchanted by the power of beauty in the form of Adonis, after her rebellious son, Cupid, wounds her.

Performed in IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotho, Setswana, Afrikaans and South African English, by the Isango Ensemble, from Cape Town, South Africa.


  • Music Composition Mandisi Dyantyis & Company
  • Choreographer Lungelo Ngamlana
  • Costume Design Gail Behr
  • Music Directors Mandisi Dyantyis & Pauline Malefane


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Evening Standard
Fiona Mountford

"A wonderfully confident rendition of the epic poem Venus and Adonis."

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The Independent
The Independent

"No other races can chant, dance and sing like Zulus and Xhosa in full cry and the power of their stamping feet will make even the Globe shake"