Wed 3 - Sat 6 Oct, Main Stage
350 BC. Athens. The country is in political turmoil. Recent wars and alliances have left Athenians no option but to take radical action: a government of women!
Praxagora masterminds and leads a daring coup d’état, outlining her utopian vision of total equality to her crowd of cross-dressing collaborators: a world where power imbalance is eradicated and with it debt, greed and theft. But this has unintended and hilarious consequences.
Based on Aristophanes’ Assemblywomen, this raucous new musical comedy has been created by celebrated writers Wendy Cope, Jenny Eclair, Suhayla El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khorsandi and Brona C Titley with dramaturgy by Clare Slater. Combined with an exceptional comic cast, and directed by Blanche McIntyre (Tonight at 8.30, Arcadia), this is a celebration of sketches with songs, dance, music and women taking the lead.
Age guideline 12+
Post show talk: Wednesday
Duration: 1 hour 30mins with no interval
Captioned performances are excellent for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. In these performances, the text of the performance is displayed above and to the side of the stage. They may also be of interest for those whose first language isn’t English and for anyone who finds it helpful to follow the text during a show.
To culminate our VOTE100 programme, our second OP80 co-production brings
together six leading female playwrights and a memorably funny comic cast, creating something fast, funny and fiercely political.