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Lysistrata

Summary
This BBC production of Aristophanes’ Lysistrata appears to be the first British television production of an ancient Greek comedy, as well as the second BBC production of a Greek drama, following on from the BBC’s broadcast of Euripides’ Women of Troy in 1958.
Theatre play
Lysistrata by Aristophanes [more information]
Date of transmission
Wednesday 15 January 1964
Time
9.25pm (55 mins)
Series
Festival
Channel
BBC Television
Production company
BBC

Credits

Director
Prudence FitzGerald
Producer
Peter Luke
Playwright
Aristophanes
Adaptor of Script
Marc Brandel
Translator
Patric Dickinson
Composer
Christopher Whelen
Designer
John Cooper
Costume Supervisor
Dorothy Wallace
Make-up Supervisor
Tommy Manderson
Story Editor
Harry Moore
Cast
Shusha AssarCorinthian Girl
Ann BellKalonike
Kate BinchyBoeotian Girl
Jack BlighChorus
Jeanette BradburyAthenian Girl
Janet BurnellChorus
Diane CilentoLysistrata
Alec ClunesMagistrate
Kenneth ConnorSpartan Delegate
Jimmy GardnerChorus
Rosamund GreenwoodChorus
Betty HardyChorus
Frederick JaegerKinesias
Esmond KnightChorus
Priscilla MorganMyrrhine
Frederick PaisleyChorus
Anne PichonChorus
Peter ProwseSpartan Herald
Raymond RayChorus
Patsy SmartChorus
Elizabeth SpriggsLampito
Anna TurnerChorus
Frank WheatleyChorus

Additional details

Extant status
No archival copy is known to exist.
Play tags
comedy; Greek drama

Print sources

Title
Chaste? It was Bawdy ... (Newspaper review)
Author/creator
Richard Sear (Reviewer)
Reference
Daily Mirror, 16 January 1964, p. 14
Title
Greek plays: Lysistrata (BBC, 1964) (Blog article)
Author/creator
Amanda Wrigley (Author)
Reference
http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2011/06/28/lysistrata-bbc-1964, published 28 June 2011
Title
Greek plays: Lysistrata redux (BBC, 1964) (Blog article)
Author/creator
Amanda Wrigley (Author)
Reference
http://screenplaystv.wordpress.com/2011/10/21/lysistrata-redux-bbc-1964, published 21 October 2011
Title
It was War - or Sex! (Newspaper article)
Author/creator
Clifford Davis (Author)
Reference
Daily Mirror, 15 January 1964, 14
Notes
The article is illustrated with an image of Diane Cilento, the actor playing the title role.
Title
Lysistrata, 1964 (Camera script)
Archive
BBC Written Archives Centre (WAC) [more information]
Address

Peppard Road
Caversham Park
Reading
Berkshire
RG4 8TZ
UK

Telephone

+44 (0)118 948 6281

Email

heritage@bbc.co.uk

Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/research/wac

Access

The WAC is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Wednesdays to Fridays throughout the year to academics, postgraduate students and writers by appointment.

Reference
Script Library (microfiche)
Title
Lysistrata, 1964 (Archive file)
Archive
BBC Written Archives Centre (WAC) [more information]
Address

Peppard Road
Caversham Park
Reading
Berkshire
RG4 8TZ
UK

Telephone

+44 (0)118 948 6281

Email

heritage@bbc.co.uk

Website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/research/wac

Access

The WAC is open from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Wednesdays to Fridays throughout the year to academics, postgraduate students and writers by appointment.

Reference
T5/2160/1
Notes
A full file containing, amongst other things, internal staff memos, budgetary information and an Audience Research Report.
Title
Televised Aristophanes with a Nuclear Slant (Newspaper review)
Reference
The Times, 16 January 1964, p. 15
Title
Television Drama: Farce with a Message (Magazine review)
Author/creator
John Russell Taylor (Reviewer)
Reference
The Listener, 23 January 1964, p. 167
Notes
With b&w image from the production.

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