Lysistrata (1932) - or (The Strike of Wives)



L-R: William Chappell, Walter Gore, Antony Tudor - 1932 - Ballet Rambert Arhives
Photo courtesy of Judith Chasin-Bennahum


Lysistrata was suggested to Tudor by Ashley Dukes, who also devised the subtitle, Strike of Wives. Based on the original comedy written in 411 B.C. by Aristophanes, Lysistrata presents the Athenian women refusing to perform their wifely duties until their husbands forswear war. Before proclaiming her plans, Lysistrata has the older women seize the Acropolis in Athens in order to control the treasury. The Spartan men, unable to endure prolonged celibacy, are the first to petition for peace, on any terms. Then, Lysistrata, in order to hasten the warís end, has a nude girl exposed to the two armies. Thereupon the Athenians and Spartans, goaded by frustration, make peace quickly and depart for home with their wives. With only minuscule program notes and anē incomplete series of photographs surviving, it is difficult to know the complete scenario of Tudorís version of Lysistrata.

Antony Tudor
Music / Composer
Sergei Prokofiev
Piano pieces from opus
2, 3, 12, and 22. and
from Sonatas #2 and 4
First Performance
Mercury Theatre
March 20, 1932
Ballet Rambert
Scenery / Costumes
William Chappell, Scenery after Aristophanes
Cast First Performance
Myrrhina: Alicia Markova; Cinesias: Walter Gore; Lysistrata: Diana Gould; Her Husband: Antony Tudor; Lampito: Andree Howard; Calonice: Prudence Hyman; Her Husband: William Chappell; Other Athenian Women: Elisabeth Schooling, Betty Cuff; Handmaid to Myrrhina: Susette Morfield
Average Length
Costumes / Scenery
Licensing Information

Ballet Synopsis excerpted with permission from
The Ballets of Antony Tudor by Judith Chazin-Bennahum.



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