Award-winning Shakespearean threesome. Catch it at the Edinburgh Fringe!

L.O.V.E. is at ASSEMBLY ROXY, 11:15am from 1-25 August 2013 (excluding 7, 12 or 19)

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PREVIEWS 1 & 2 AUGUST are only £8
TWO for ONE on 5 & 6 AUGUST!

Ticket prices usually £12/10.


L.O.V.E.’s appearance at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe is a chance to revisit a little slice of theatre history. A contemporary classic with a surge of new blood, L.O.V.E. is based on Shakespeare's Sonnets - it is a red-blooded entanglement between three recklessly passionate lovers and some of the greatest poems in the English language.

As part of the company’s 25th Anniversary celebration, VOLCANO recreated L.O.V.E., Nigel Charnock’s extraordinary staging of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, with a new generation of performers for 2012 and beyond.

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L.O.V.E. is a theatrical landmark – a highly-charged and athletic classic that helped define the term “physical theatre”. Bringing together Volcano’s Paul Davies and Fern Smith with DV8’s Nigel Charnock and the bold, sumptuous design of Andrew Jones, L.O.V.E. represented a historic collaboration of some of the most distinctive pioneers of British physical theatre in the 90s. The show’s irrepressible energy, savage passion, exquisite language and arresting design make it one of Volcano’s most enduring and memorable works. .

L.O.V.E. was originally produced in 1992, and won a 1993 Time Out Theatre Award. The show has toured to the Grec Festival in Barcelona, the Wiener Festwochen, and the first International Theatre Festival in Buenos Aires. It has also visited Germany, Spain, Italy, Russia, Holland, Norway, Serbia and Brazil. L.O.V.E. was revived in June 2003 and toured to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

L.O.V.E. is based on the original version, directed and choreographed by Nigel Charnock.


“This will go down as one of the extraordinary shows of the year. The entire performance is like one long lovemaking session- and nearly as enjoyable. It’s magnificent and it isn’t war.” Time Out

“From the tender to the obscene, from the erotic to the crude, the triangle stroke, kick and kiss and convince us that love hurts. Until you have seen Volcano you have not really seen dangerous theatre.” The Guardian

“It is rare, as a regular theatre-goer in a western country, to see a taboo aired, broken, stamped on and thrown away in the space of a few lusty seconds.” The Financial Times

"Still at the forefront of 21-st century theatre" Buzz Magazine

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3rd August 2012. Nigel Charnock died on Wednesday, 1 August at St Christopher's Hospice in South London, aged only 52. When Volcano orginally planned to re-create L.O.V.E. for its 25th anniversary year, it was planned that Nigel himself would be involved in re-creating the show. Sadly, his devastating diagnosis made this just another of many things which would no longer be possible. Nigel was involved in many of the productions that defined Volcano in its formative years and beyond, and his importance to the company is incalculable. Paul writes about Nigel and Volcano here .

Based on Sonnets by William Shakespeare
Conceived by Paul Davies and Fern Smith.
Originally directed and choreographed by Nigel Charnock.
The 2012 production is restaged by Paul Davies
Movement Director: James Hewison
Original Lighting and Design by Andrew Jones
Original Cast: Paul Davies; Liam Steel; Fern Smith
James Hewison replaced Liam Steel in international touring.
2012 Cast: Tibu Fortes; Andrew Keay; Mairi Phillips
2013 Cast: Tibu Fortes; Mairi Phillips; Joseph Reay-Reid

Supported by Arts Council England