Fifteen new shows this season at the Lyric

Tickets from £9 every night.

What's on
22 August - 13 September
National Youth Theatre
Adapted by Lawrence Till from the book by
Barry Hines
Directed by John Hoggarth
Billy's expectations of being forced to work down the pits in Yorkshire after leaving school change when he finds Kes, a young kestrel, whom he trains. Their relationship becomes symbolic of a doomed attempt to escape the drudgery of the industrial North.
The National Youth Theatre returns to the Lyric with the stage adaptation of Barry Hines' novel Kes which, when filmed, propelled Ken Loach to international
Design: Simon Daw Lighting Design : Matthew Eagland Costume Design: Belinda Palmer
Music: Tristran Parkes
By arrangement with Nick Hern Books

18 September - 18 October
Lyric Hammersmith
William Shakespeare
Directed & designed by Neil Bartlett
Pericles is a journey. At the beginning, there's an old man with a story to tell, and a young man with a riddle to solve. Fourteen years later, after shipwrecks and resurrections, palaces and brothels, marriage-beds and murders, the story is finally told; the journey has been made - and the riddle is answered in a blaze of light.
The Lyric's Artistic Director, Neil Bartlett, directs an outstanding company of thirteen actors in one of the strangest, loveliest and most moving of all Shakespeare's plays.
Lighting design: Paule Constable Sound design: Nick Manning
Cast: Adjoa Andoh, Bruce Alexander, Bette Bourne, Pascale Burgess, Angela Down, Giles Fagan, Michael Gould, Martin Hyder, Will Keen, Sarah Malin, Neil D'Souza, Martin Turner and Roger Watkins

20 - 25 October
Frantic Assembly in association with the Drum Theatre Plymouth
Brendan Cowell
Directed by Scott Graham and Steven Hoggett
The parents are on their way, the boyfriend has a bad habit and the dinner's still alive.
Frantic Assembly return to the Lyric following the phenomenal success of Peepshow, Tiny Dynamite and Underworld.
Talented but extremely 'wasted' MC, Spin, is in dire need of a fix. It's time to meet the parents. Girlfriend, Madeline Cave, always trying to prove something to her neglectful father, plans to drop out of law school and become a rap artist. However Paul Cave has his own bombshell to drop, his wife Kate has a live rabbit to cook and time is running out for all of them…
Design: Dick Bird Lighting Design: Di Iorio
Featuring music by Deadly Avenger
This production contains scenes and language of an adult nature, and is not suitable for young people under 16.
Co-produced by the Drum Theatre Plymouth. Supported by Lakeside Arts Centre, Nottingham.

4 - 22 November
Shared Experience
Madame Bovary
Breakfast with Emma
Adapted by Fay Weldon from the novel by Flaubert
Directed by Polly Teale
Recently acclaimed for her production of After Mrs Rochester at the Lyric and in the West End, Polly Teale now brings her vision to one of the greatest of all classic stories.
When Emma Bovary comes down to breakfast she doesn't know that her life is about to fall apart. An argument with her husband over scalded milk rapidly turns into a shattering confession. In her brilliant adaptation, Fay Weldon shows how a single conversation can devastate a marriage.
Shared Experience has thrilled audiences the world over with its powerful, visually stunning productions including A Passage to India, Mill on the Floss and Jane Eyre. The company's vivid storytelling gives form to the hidden world of emotion and imagination.
Design: Jonathan Fensom Movement Director: Liz Rankin Composer: Howard Davidson Lighting Design: Chris Davey

28 November - 10 January
Directed by Dan Jemmett by
Once upon a time there was a girl who thought that nobody loved her. Working in a run-down fairground, she dreamt that one of these nights the battered old carousel horses might come to life. They'd paw the air, toss their manes and take her away from all this…to the glittering, magical funfair of her dreams.
This year's Lyric Christmas show is a brand new staging of the most magical and best-loved of all the Christmas stories. Acclaimed young director Dan Jemmett, from the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris, sets the story - complete, of course, with glass slipper, Ugly Sisters and that magical coach - in the evocative world of a fairground.
Design: Sylvie Martin-Hyszka Lighting Design: Zerlina Hughes
Cast includes: Geoffrey Carey, Bob Goody, Antonio Gil Martinez, Javier Marzan John Ramm and Di Sherlock
Suitable for ages 6-adult

4 December- 3 January
Lyric Hammersmith
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Directed by Sally Goldsworthy Designed by Cathy Wren
'Three bears, three bowls, three chairs, three beds, in a house in a wood. Through the window comes a girl with a taste for trouble.'
The Lyric's wild and energetic version of a much loved tale, explores just what happens when Goldilocks collides with the ordered world of the three bears.
Tickets: £8 Children and Concessions: £6

15 January - 14 February
Tamasha Theatre Company and the Lyric Hammersmith
Strictly Dandia
By Sudha Bhuchar and Kristine Landon-Smith
Directed by Kristine Landon-Smith
It is the mating season and the stage is set for an encounter of the sexes. Brandishing dandia sticks and mobile phones, young men and women take to the dance floor in a desperate bid to outdo each other with smart moves and Gujarati grooves.
With a cast of twelve actors, music by Shri (Shrikanth Sriram) and choreography by Liam Steel, Tamasha brings this explosive story of contemporary British society startlingly to life. Their previous successes for the Lyric include Balti Kings and Fourteen Songs, Two Weddings and a Funeral.
Suitable for children aged 10+
Design: Sue Mayes Lighting Design: Chris Davey Sound Design: Mike Furness
Composer: Shri (Shrikanth Sriram) Choreography: Liam Steel

Julian Cope's
Rome wasn't burned in a day
30, 31 October & 1 November 7.45pm
Featuring Julian Cope and his band performing their first electric shows since 1996, this will be a 3-day series of proto-metal, underground bands, and rare rock 'n' roll films.
This Lyric Nights Special sees Julian Cope bring together an array of special guests to create three different nights of music and associated events.
This is a rare opportunity to witness Julian Cope wielding his shamanistic powers over the Lyric's intimate beauty and lush acoustics.
All tickets £20/ £9 (Limited availability)

27 October 7.45pm
alt Country Belles
featuring Mary Gauthier and Oh Susanna
As part of the Way Beyond Nashville festival experience an evening of today's finest alt. Country female artists, featuring the passionate and compelling voice of Canadian Oh Susanna and the raw and gritty ballads of Louisiana-born Mary Gauthier. Other artists to be announced.
All tickets £15/ £9 (Limited availability)

28 October 7.45pm
Nina Nastasia
Performing songs from her critically acclaimed third album Run to Ruin, singer-songwriter Nina Nastasia returns to London following her sell-out concert in June…
All tickets £14/ £9 (Limited availability)
The Beyond Nashville series has been created and is owned by the Barbican.

September 2003 - January 2004
27 August - 13 September
National Youth Theatre
Immaculate Conceit
Based upon the novel by Stella Duffy
Adapted by Paul Roseby, Stella Duffy and the NYT company.
Directed by Paul Roseby
Set in Soho, where the 'beautiful people' are, the 18-strong cast present this exciting new play
about the loves of various individuals all working, or struggling to work, in this sexy square mile
of London.
A new TV production company wanting to take over the world, a waitress with a talent that isn't
waitressing, a rickshaw driver who goes further than his wildest dreams and a lap-dancer who
is told by the Angel Gabriel that she is carrying the next Messiah. True? They all want to believe in something...
Tickets: £9-£12 Mondays all tickets: £7 Concessions: £7. Schools: £6.50

16 - 27 September
Underground Utopia
By Johny Brown
Directed by Tam Dean Burn and Denise Evans
'If you could kill any celebrity who would it be?'
Sniperculture is a furious head-on collision between Medea Greek Tragedy and Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love psychodrama kitted out in catwalk cameo with a bottle of Jack Daniels in hand.
Tickets: £9-£12 Mondays all tickets: £7 Concessions: £7, £5 (21 and under) Schools: £6.50

1 - 4 October
Lethal Weapons...
Way Black In Time
By Wayne Rollins and Geoff Schumann
A series of short sketches, monologues and topical stand-up comedy for October's Black
History month. Featuring Geoff Schumann and Wayne Rollins. Nobody is safe when they are
in the house!
Tickets: £9-£12 Concessions and residents of Hammersmith and Fulham: £7, £5 (21 and under)
Part of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Black History Month.

7 - 25 October
Benji Reid Double Bill

13 Mics - Join Benji as he astral travels from bebop to hip-hop and all stops in between,
accompanied by a 2 piece band and DJ. 13 Mics is an exploration of the iconography of the
microphone. Using the hi-energy of freestyle popping, text and rap, Benji works as a human
sampler to create a montage of the 20th-Century.

The Pugilist - Follow the path of two men on the same journey. Both are trying to overcome their fears and truly live as free men.
Tickets: £9-£12 Mondays all tickets: £7 Concessions: £7, £5 (21 and under) Schools: £6.50

5 - 8 November
Lyric Step Up Company
Devised by Belinda Earle, Chrissie Adesina,
John Donnelly and Chudi Obiora
This is a story about blackness, what it is to be black in Britain today, and what it was to be black and enslaved in the 1800s.
Working with traditional dances and historical text, woven with rap, street dance and new harmonies, the Lyric Step Up Company have created a performance that follows the journey of a Black British brother and sister into their family's past.
Tickets: £5 Concessions: £3.50 Evenings: 7pm

11 - 22 November
Devised by Filter Theatre
Directed by Guy Retallack
Originally scripted by Dawn King and Oliver Wilkinson
You can't hurry love. But in a world of instant replay, instant intimacy and instant coffee, that
doesn't mean you won't try. That is, if you have enough time.
This high-energy, adrenaline-fuelled show propels you through the highs and lows of Will, Victoria, and Ben's lives in the fast lane: too much work, lots of play, and nowhere near enough rest.
Commissioned and developed by BAC
Tickets: £9-£12 Mondays all tickets: £7 Concessions: £7, £5 (21 and under). Schools: £6.50

13 - 24 January
Indefinite Articles
In a Belgian phonebox, the tale of the loneliness of the long distance puppeteer is set on a collision course with The Odyssey. Three performers, three overhead projectors and three buckets of dust combine to create something fresh, moving and unlike anything you will have seen before. The three performers weave personal and epic stories from shadows and finger painting with light.
Dust won the Off West End category in the Time Out Live Awards 2002.
Tickets: £9-£12 Mondays all tickets: £7 Concessions: £7, £5 (21 and under). Schools: £6.50
Evenings: 8pm


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