The Information on: Germaine Greer's `Lysistrata'
Tuesday 13 July 1999
Phil Willmott's racy, Carry-On style production of Germaine Greer's 1972 translation of Aristophanes's Lysistrata, where the women refuse to sleep with their husbands unless they stop the Peloponnesian war.
Who's In It?
Rose Wadham is both formidable and sexy as Lysistrata and leads a cast of 19 actors, including William Maxwell as the magistrate, Jack Mytton as the orator and Libby Machin and Mirren Delaney as two of the wives.
What They Say About It
"The boudoir prevails in a polemic that takes its fun more seriously than its seriousness, and leaves the audience gasping for much much more," Rachel Halliburton, The Independent.
"Fast, broad, silly and profound. The cast perform it with tremendous energy as if the whole event is a party. I loved it," Robert Butler, Independent on Sunday.
"This is a bigger, bolder, funnier event than the London fringe normally offers. It brings us slavering goons with machine guns, well-bred gents with vast erections, and some nice performances at the centre," Benedict Nightingale, The Times.
"Greer's adaptation... has serious and timely intentions but owes its theatrical success to Phil Willmott's insolent production," Patrick Marmion, Evening Standard.
Where You Can See It
Germaine Greer's Lysistrata is at BAC, London SW11 (0171-223 2223) to 8 Aug
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