UCL 2011 Greek Play: Lysistrata

Seen on the Classicists list (please direct any queries to the folks mentioned in the item and not to rogueclassicism):

The Department of Greek and Latin at University College, London, is delighted to invite you to our 2011 Greek play, Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, at the UCL Bloomsbury Theatre. The play will run from Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th February with performances at 7.30 each evening, and a matinee at 2.30 on the Wednesday and Thursday. Bookings for the play can be made via the Bloomsbury Theatre website or box office (http://www.thebloomsbury.com/event/run/1520 or phone 020 7388 8822).

Our production of Lysistrata draws on all of the traditions of Greek comedy, especially its vigorous engagement with crucial political and social issues. Consequently, we are placing it in an innovative new setting – the Napoleonic Wars, and, more specifically, the Peninsular War. This is a unique interpretation of one of Aristophanes’ greatest works, and will provide a platform to promote discussion of ancient Greek comedy and its performance in modern times.

To complement the production, we are also pleased to advertise the following public talks by experts in ancient drama and its reception. Thanks to the generous support of the Institute for Classical Studies, all events are free of charge and open to all. At the time of writing we have spaces available for all the talks. Pre-booking for the talks is not compulsory, but if you are hoping to bring a large group it would be helpful if you could let us know, by emailing l.swift AT ucl.ac.uk directly. For more details of the play and public engagement programme, please see our website at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/GrandLat/classical-play.

Tuesday 8th February: 6:15pm, “How comedy discovered girls”. Dr Nick Lowe, Royal Holloway, University of London. Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon St

Wednesday 9th February: 1pm, “Lysistrata, wife, priestess, goddess”. Professor Edith Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London. Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon Street.

Thursday 10th February: 6pm, Public Talk: “Modern Lysistratas”. Dr Fiona Macintosh, University of Oxford. Lecture Theatre, Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square.

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