Iphigenia: Oldest English play by a woman to be performed at The Continental

Posted on - 16th December, 2013 - 9:30am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, Things to Do in and around Preston
Fontebasso's painting depicting the sacrifice of Iphigenia

Fontebasso’s painting depicting the sacrifice of Iphigenia

The oldest play by a woman in English is to be performed at The Continental.


Iphigenia, written by Lady Jane Lumley in 1555, will be on stage thanks to the Rose Theatre Company.

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The play tells the story of the fallout following Paris’ kidnapping of Helen.

Lady Lumley’s version was translated from Euripides original work.

The Grecians have formed their army and navy – the ‘host’ – in order to get her back. But they can’t sail any further unless their leader Agamemnon sacrifices his daughter Iphigenia to the goddess Diana.


The Rose Company is a new all-female classical theatre company.

The Rose Company performing

The Rose Company performing

Iphigenia will be at the Conti on Thursday 16 January from 8pm.

Tickets are £5 available online or in person at the Conti or Preston Visitor Information centre.

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