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Venus & Adonis

By William Shakespeare

From 29 April to 4 May


Isango Ensemble, Cape Town, South Africa


Performed in English, IsiZulu, IsiXhosa, SeSotho, Setswana and Afrikaans

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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.


‘joyously easy to follow…no translation is required’
Evening Standard


The Independent

The Arts Desk

‘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’
The Independent

‘The Isangos have wowed London audiences previously with their joyous productions...their rhythmic, energetic take on this ballad of sexual longing’
Evening Standard


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