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Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT announce Fatherland dates

Fatherland. Image by Manuel Harlan.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

BOOKING has now opened at the Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT for Fatherland, which runs at the Lyric from Friday, May 25 to Saturday, June 23, 2018 as part of the Lyric’s Spring/Summer 2018 season and LIFT 2018.

This bold new production, by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions, premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.

This intensely physical production is performed by a 13-strong cast who will be joined by the Chorus of Others, a cacophony of voices, specially formed as part of Fatherland, for the production at the Lyric.

Fatherland features exclusive songs and music written by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert.

Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the three co-creators’ hometowns across England, Corby, Kidderminster and Stockport, Fatherland explores identity, nationality and masculinity. In a vivid and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future, Fatherland is a show about what we were, who we are and what we try to be.

Commissioned and produced by Lyric Hammersmith, LIFT, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly and the Royal Exchange Theatre, Fatherland is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

The production is designed by Jon Bausor, with lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound and choreography by Eddie Kay. Co-composer and music producer is Matthew Herbert.

To book tickets, call the box office on 020 8741 6850 or visit lyric.co.uk/.

Also at the Lyric Hammersmith: Simon Stephens’ new version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, starring Lesley Sharp as Irina Arkadina (October 3 to November 4, 2017).