The Wondrous Imagination of Ovid the Storyteller

No other Greek or Roman classic has influenced European art – including Shakespeare – more than Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

A panel discussion on stage in the Swan Theatre
Lucy Barriball © RSC – Image Licensing

Full of myths both familiar and forgotten, Ovid’s great work tells of love, violence and transformation. Two thousand years after his death, we celebrate the wonderful tales of one of Shakespeare’s greatest inspirations with events for all ages across three weeks in October 2017.

Booking tickets for our Ovid events

To buy tickets, please use the links below, visit our Box Office at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, or phone the RSC Ticket Hotline on 01789 403493.


Booking tickets for Ovid Production Workshops or Ovid Discovery Days

Both these events are offered to education groups only. Please call the Education Ticket Hotline on 01789 403434. This line is answered by a specialist education team available from 8.30am-5pm, Monday to Friday during term time.

Events

In Conversation: Ovid and Shakespeare

In Conversation: Ovid and Shakespeare

8 October 2017

Swan Theatre

2.30pm – 3.30pm
Artistic Director Gregory Doran introduces our series of events with a conversation exploring Ovid’s modern relevance and his influence on Shakespeare’s writing, with Guardian journalist Charlotte Higgins and historian Michael Wood.
Tickets £10 adult / £5 concessions

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Tales From Ovid, by Ted Hughes

Tales From Ovid, by Ted Hughes

8 October 2017

Swan Theatre

4pm - 5:30pm
A selection of Ted Hughes' famous retelling of Ovid's Metamorphoses, chosen by Gregory Doran, and read by RSC actors past and present. Who was Proserpina? Or Phaeton? Or Niobe? What happened to Daedalus and Icarus? Why was Philomel turned into a nightingale, or Actaeon into a stag, or Daphne into an olive tree? Why did the King of the Gods transform himself into a Bull, a Swan, or a shower of gold? This performance will reveal all. Ovid was Shakespeare's favourite classical poet, and one of his greatest influences. Indeed a contemporary account suggests that "the witty soul of Ovid lives in mellifluous and honey-tongued Shakespeare”.
Tickets £20 adults/£15 concessions

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Three Tales From Ovid, retold by Amber Hsu

Three Tales From Ovid, retold by Amber Hsu

10 - 12 October 2017

Swan Theatre

10.30am – 11.30am and 1.30pm – 2.30pm, Suitable for ages 8-11 and their parent/guardian
Ovid’s stories were written over 2,000 years ago and inspired some of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays. These special performances feature staged readings of three tales from Ovid, adapted by Amber Hsu and brought to life by RSC actors. They include characters that we continue to meet throughout Shakespeare’s plays. Specially created education resources and workshops will also be available.
Tickets £10 adults/£5 concessions

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Dead or Alive Poetry Slam

Dead or Alive Poetry Slam

12 October 2017

Swan Theatre

7.30pm
Suitable for ages 12+
Witness a battle of words and wit as three of the UK's leading slam poets challenge Ovid, Horace and Virgil in three-minute performances in front of a panel of judges. A collaboration with Apples & Snakes.
Tickets £10 adults /£5 concessions

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Musical Transformations

Musical Transformations

19 October 2017

Swan Theatre

7.30pm
A concert of music and text inspired by Ovid, featuring works by Benjamin Britten, William Walton & the world premiere of a new piece by the 2017 RSC Resident Composer, Sarah Llewellyn.
Tickets £20 adults/£15 concessions

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The Metamorphoses, by Brad Birch

The Metamorphoses, by Brad Birch

24 October 2017

Swan Theatre

7.30pm
Suitable for ages 12+

A rehearsed reading of playwright Brad Birch’s fresh, contemporary look at stories from Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’. Brad Birch won the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe First award for ‘Gardening: for the Unfulfilled and Alienated’. An RSC commission.
Tickets £5

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Metamorphoses Storytelling

Metamorphoses Storytelling

27 October 2017

Swan Theatre

7.30pm, Suitable for ages 14+
Erotic and poignant, Ovid’s Metamorphoses has enchanted audiences and inspired artists for more than two thousand years. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton retell these great tales that charm and chill us still today. This performance includes the stories of Arachne, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Death of Adonis, and Baucis and Philemon. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton are two of the UK's most popular tellers of traditional tales and are regular collaborators with Cambridge Schools Classics Project.
Tickets £10 adults/£5 concessions

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Metamorphoses Storytelling – For Families

Metamorphoses Storytelling – For Families

28 October 2017

Swan Theatre

1.30pm – 2.30pm, Suitable for ages 8+ and their parent/guardian
A family friendly performance from Ovid's timeless collection, featuring some of the most famous stories in the Classical world, including Midas, Echo and Narcissus and The Theft of Persephone. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton were awarded the Classical Association Award in 2006 for 'their outstanding contribution to public understanding of the classics'.
Tickets £5

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Special Events for Education Groups

Ovid Discovery Days

Ovid Discovery Days

9 - 20 October 2017

Clore Learning Centre

These days will introduce students to Amber Hsu’s retelling of Ovid’s tales. Students will create and stage extracts from ‘Three Tales from Ovid - Retold by Amber Hsu’, as well as exploring the Shakespeare plays these stories inspired. Students will have a chance to create their own tales using Ovid’s stories and Shakespeare’s plays as the inspiration.

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Ovid Production Workshops

Ovid Production Workshops

10 - 12 October 2017

Clore Learning Centre

Directly linked to ‘Three Tales from Ovid - Retold by Amber Hsu’, these workshops will explore the stories and characters in Ovid’s tales as well as the Shakespeare plays they inspired. The workshops last two hours, a ticket for the production is also included in the price.

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