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All Ages


Written in the 1st century and rightly praised as a glorious satire of its time, Apuleius’ The Golden Ass, is the only Latin novel to survive in its entirety.

Master storyteller Michael Hurst catapults this fantastical, hilarious and sometimes terrifying tale right into the twenty-first century. This brand new solo show is the tale of Lucius, a young man who, driven by desperate desire and insatiable curiosity, performs an act of magic on himself and accidentally transforms into a donkey. Perilous adventures follow, with Lucius falling into the hands of bandits, maidens, bakers, cultists, witches, slaves, circuses, soldiers and more.

The Golden Ass is a dazzling combination of allegory, satire, and sheer exuberance which has inspired such literary giants as Shakespeare, Boccaccio, Cervantes and Keats. It remains powerfully relevant today in its plea for empathy and compassion in a world gone mad.

With music from acclaimed composer John Gibson, this modern take on the original will be a theatrical event not to be missed.


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