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.

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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