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The Woman in the Moon

An astrological sex comedy by John Lyly

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Friday 18 August, 8.00pm and Saturday 19 August 2017, 3.00pm & 8.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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£30 | £20 FoSG & Students | £10 Standing 90 minutes
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Utopia. God is female – Nature herself. When four shepherds beg for a mate, she creates Pandora, the 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.

This extraordinary dream play by John Lyly, England's first great playwright, was performed before Queen Elizabeth I sometime around 1590. With bewildered lovers suffering dizzying emotional transformations at the hands of unseen supernatural forces in a night-time woodland chase, it clearly inspired Shakespeare’s own A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Now, The Dolphin’s Back revives and re-imagines its much praised 2014 production to play by candlelight in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Credit - Bella Heesom as Pandora (previous production of The Woman in the Moon)
Photo - Robert Piwko