The Wondrous Imagination of Ovid the Storyteller

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

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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

Musical Transformations

Musical Transformations

19 October 2017

Swan Theatre

7.30pm
A concert of music and text inspired by Ovid. Following their collaboration last year on Shakespeare Live!, RSC Musicians will reunite with the Orchestra of the Swan to play scores from past RSC productions, alongside music by Debussy, Britten and Walton.

Directed by Josh Roche, the concert will include a performance of Actaeon by RSC Associate Artist Paul Jesson, a setting of Ted Hughes’ translation with music by David Matthews.
We will also premiere a specially commissioned work 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, directed by Brad Birch and Julia Locascio.
Tickets £5
Running 75mins (no interval)

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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

Until 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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