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Lysistrata by Aristophanes (c.446 BC – c. 386 BC). First performed in 411 B.C., directed by the author.

Performance history in South Africa

The first local production was ****. Other productions include a 1952 NTO touring version, directed by Leon Gluckman with Vivienne Drummond, Anne McMenamin and Lydia Lindeque.

1958: Presented by the University of Cape Town Drama Department at The Little Theatre as part of the UCT Arts Festival, directed by Johan de Meester, 3 to 13 September.

1962: Performed in the original Greek in South Africa by the Athens Drama Company, when Leon Gluckman brought them here to perform at the Civic Theatre with direction by Costis Michaelides, starring Aleka Katselis, Maria Moscholiou and Costas Kazakos.

197*: The Company did a version in the Arena Theatre, wih a text adapted and directed by Barney Simon. The cast included Aletta Bezuidenhout (Lysistrata), Jud Cornell (Kalonike), Sue Kiel (Myrrhine), Janice Honeyman (Lampito), Vanessa Cooke (A Boiotian Woman), Lindsay Reardon (Commissioner), David Eppel (Kinesias), Jon Ossher (Herald) and Danny Keogh ( Ambassador).

1987: Rhodes University Drama Department directed by Roy Sargeant in May.

Translations and adaptations

Translated as Lusistrata into Afrikaans by J.P.J. van Rensburg, published by Human & Rousseau, 1970.

Miss Los Istrata is a bilingual (Afrikaans & English) adaptation of Lysistrata by Robin Malan (1972).

Lucy Strata by Ben Dehaeck was another adapted Afrikaans version of the play, set in the Cape, and performed at the Kellerprinz Drama Festival in 1986 by the Breughel Theatre Group. Joint winners.

The Afrikaans translation (Lusistrata) by J.P.J. van Rensburg was staged by the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department in the Langenhoven Student Centre in 1990. Johann van Heerden was the director.

In September 2003 it was presented again by students of the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department, directed by Marthinus Basson.

The play has been adapted in many ways over the years. For example in 1976?* Dermod Judge wrote Lysistrata S.A. - based om the South African situation in the mid-70s – which was done at The Space (Cape Town), with music composed by Alan Hayman and directed by Dorrian Mclaren with sixteen actors, five musicians and a singer, including Charles Comyn, Fatima Dike, Andrea Fine, James Mthoba, Thoko Ntshinga, Sam Phillips and Jacqui Singer. Presented by The Hermit Theatre, adapted and directed by Clive Rodel, June to July 1980


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