The Woman in the Moon
The Dolphin's Back presents an astrological sex comedy by John Lyly
Friday 18 August, 8.00pm and Saturday 19 August 2017, 3.00pm & 8.00pm
Sam Wanamaker Playhouse
|£30 | £20 FoSG & Students | £10 Standing||90 minutes|
‘Hilarious, sexy, and perhaps most suprisingly cool’
London City Lights
Utopia. God is female – Nature herself. When four shepherds beg for a mate, she creates Pandora, the world’s first woman. But the seven planets are jealous, and take turns to revenge themselves on her as she is pursued by the four love-struck men.
Mixing astrology, myth, magic and farce, this extraordinary dream-play by John Lyly, England’s first great playwright, was performed before Elizabeth I sometime around 1590.
With bewildered lovers suffering dizzying emotional transformations at the hands of supernatural forces in a night-time woodland chase, it clearly inspired Shakespeare’s own A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Starting out as part of the Globe’s Read Not Dead project, The Dolphin’s Back staged the play at The Rose Playhouse on Bankside in 2014. Now it revives and reimagines its much praised production for the candlelit magic of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. Bella Heesom returns to star as Pandora, the largest female part in any play of the time.
Credit - Bella Heesom as Pandora (previous production of The Woman in the Moon)
Photo - Robert Piwko