The original text
The plot deals with an ancient legend which told how King Admetus of Thessaly was told by the Fates that death would spare him for a time if he could find some person willing to go to Hades in his place. After a long search only his loyal wife Alcestis was willing to do so.
It was first produced in 438 B.BC.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English as Alcestis
Performance history in South Africa
World Drama by Allardyce Nicoll, 1949. 76-77.
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