March 14, 2013, by Alan Sommerstein

Lunch with Lysistrata

Lakeside and The Nottingham New Theatre announce an exciting new adaptation of a classic Greek play, based on a translation from Aristophanes by Professor Alan Sommerstein and directed by Martin Berry, from 23 – 27 April 2013 at the Djanogly Theatre.

Lysistrata is the result of a partnership combining the talents of the University’s highly successful student- run theatre company with a professional creative team including direction, design, stage management, learning and marketing.  Produced by Lakeside, this first collaboration is being led by professional director, Martin Berry, who most recently directed the acclaimed community production of Little Shop of Horrors at Lakeside in 2012.

Lysistrata is the story of one woman’s extraordinary mission to end the Peloponnesian War. Lysistrata persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands and lovers as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace — a strategy, however, that inflames the battle between the sexes. This battle of the bedroom, with its themes of feminism, power and politics is as relevant now as it was in ancient Greece.

The name of the actress playing Lysistrata will be revealed on 20 March.

The production has been funded by Cascade; a grants programme supported by donations from the University of Nottingham’s alumni and friends.


Lakeside and the Nottingham New Theatre will be launching the production at a lunchtime event on Wednesday 20 March at 1pm, at Lakeside Arts Centre.

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