Arts & Culture
Who run the world? The fierce new political musical, Women in Power, comes to Oxford

Oxford is about to be hit by a brand new musical comedy which shakes history as we know it - society governed purely by women.

Seven leading female writers and a memorably comic cast join forces for a fast, funny and fiercely political new musical comedy, Women in Power, which comes to Oxford Playhouse from Wednesday 3 to Saturday October 6.

A celebration of sketches with songs, dance, music and women taking the lead, this raucous reimagining of Aristophanes’ Greek classic, Assembly women is set in Athens in 300BC, where political turmoil has left Athenians no option but to take radical action: a government of women!

Praxagora masterminds and leads a daring coup d’état, outlining her utopian vision of total equality to her crowd of cross-dressing collaborators. A world where power imbalance is eradicated, and with it debt, greed and theft. But this has unintended and hilarious consequences…

This world premiere production brings together some of the UK’s most influential female voices from the world of poetry, politics, broadcasting, theatre and stand-up: Wendy Cope, Jenny Éclair, Suhayla El-Bushra, Natalie Haynes, Shappi Khorsandi, Jess Phillips MPand Brona C Titley.

University of Oxford alumnus Blanche McIntyre (Tonight at 8.30, Arcadia), directs Oxford School of Drama alumnus Lydia Bewley, best known for The Inbetweeners Movie, Plebsand E4’s comedy Drifters, alongside Elizabeth Boag, Anna Fordham, Lisa Kerr, Anne Odeke and Alicia McKenzie.

For further information and to purchase tickets, click here.