21:00, Sat 6th June 2020 - Wed 10th June 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
12:30, Sat 13th June 2020 - Wed 17th June 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
21:00, Sat 20th June 2020 - Wed 24th June 2020 at Noël Coward Theatre
Easter Week 6 to Summer Vacation
Lysistrata is one of the few surviving plays written by Aristophanes. Originally performed in classical Athens in 411 BC, it is a comic account of one woman's extraordinary mission to end The Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. The play is notable for being an early exposé of sexual relations in a male-dominated society. The dramatic structure represents a shift away from the conventions of Old Comedy, a trend typical of the author's career. It was produced in the same year as Thesmophoriazusae, another play with a focus on gender-based issues, just two years after Athens' catastrophic defeat in the Sicilian Expedition.