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Theatre –or Drama– begun in Ancient Greece over 2,500 years ago in three forms: Tragedy, Comedy and Satire. We have selected a Comedy for you. You are on holiday after all, we want you to laugh!

Aristophanes, who is often referred to as the ‘Father of Comedy’ wrote 40 plays in the 5th century BC, of which 11 have survived complete through the ages. He was writing at a time of prolonged war between the state of Athens and its empire, versus the Peloponnesian League headed by Sparta. He was Athenian and vehemently opposed the war throughout its 30 year duration – his way of voicing this opposition was through Comedy plays. The one we have chosen for you is Lysistrata. Naming it after the main character, Aristophanes has her finding novel ways to bring about peace in Greece.

The plot:
It is 411 BC and the Peloponnesian War has been raging for 20 years. Fed-up with the loss of fathers, brothers, husbands and sons Lysistrata and her friends gather more women to protest and occupy the Acropolis, in order to deprive the generals and politicians of their war-chest… But that’s not the only thing they conjure up to deprive their men of… In a hilarious, oath-driven withholding of sex until their men negotiate peace, they struggle and wilt, but do they succeed? 

The play is delivered in English, with our actors and actresses performing it on stage (our ONE Members, our young local people).  It is supported by subtitles in French, German and Russian, projected on either side of the stage.
 
Please be aware this play is not suitable for children under 16 years of age.

For a schedule of performances at a venue near you and to make a booking, please click here.

Standard tickets:    8 €   to  15 €               (NB: venue-hotels may offer our shows Free to their residents)

We look forward to seeing you at one of our unique shows during your stay in Crete.

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