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Lyric Hammersmith - new season (February to June 04)



Preview by Jack Foley

AFTER 12 months of building work and £2.6 million of fundraising, the Lyric Hammersmith is looking forward to opening its new front door.

To celebrate, the theatre has put together a season of exciting, bold work which promises to fill the theatre with extraordinary images and powerful stories.

Meanwhile, the Studio is presenting seven new pieces from the rising generation of theatre-makers.

The stunning new glass extension, by Rick Mather Architects, re-orientates the Lyric Hammersmith to form a new public entrance that opens directly onto Lyric Square, adjacent to the current building.

The new frontage is designed so that it is clearly and distinctively illuminated at night providing a focal point to the new square.

The extension will also provide the theatre with a much-needed new rehearsal studio and an education and training room.

An official opening weekend takes place on Saturday and Sunday, April 3 and 4 , with a celebration involving 20 artists from around the country and around the world, who will be filling every available space in the building with a continuous programme of free performances, installations and happenings.

The new season then follows...

l Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens and adapted and directed by Neil Bartlett - February 20 to March 27
In this powerful new adaptation of Dickens' classic novel, Neil Bartlett brings back to the theatre one of the angriest, funniest and most deeply felt stories about childhood
ever written.
Taking their inspiration from the vivid world of Victorian music-hall, a company of 13 actors conjure up a host of unforgettable characters - Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sikes, the Artful Dodger and, of course, little Oliver himself.
Dickens' original words bring the dark underbelly of 19th-Century London back to thrilling life - a city teeming with images of danger and fear, of innocence and of hope - all seen through the eyes of an astonished child.
Design: Rae Smith Lighting design: Paule Constable Sound design: Nick Manning
Music: Gerard McBurney and Simon Deacon Movement: Struan Leslie.
Cast: Nicholas Asbury, Ryan Early, Michael Feast, Nicholas Goode, Gregor Henderson-Begg, Paul Hunter, Derek Hutchinson, Jordan Metcalfe, Owen Sharpe, Kellie Shirley, Thomas Wheatley, Louise Yates, Brigid Zengeni
Suitable for ages 10 to adult

l Shockheaded Peter - A Cultural Industry Project, produced in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse and the Lyric Hammersmith, from April 8 to 24
The legend returns to Hammersmith. To celebrate the opening of the Lyric's new front door, the theatre has reunited The Tiger Lillies and the original cast for the last ever London
performances of Shockheaded Peter - the scrumptiously gruesome and wickedly ghoulish Olivier award-winning junk opera.
May not be suitable for children under 8
Featuring The Tiger Lillies; Music and lyrics by Martyn Jacques; Directed and designed by Julian Crouch and Phelim McDermott.

l May 11 - June 5 - Shared Experience presents Gone to Earth, a play with music by Helen Edmundson, and based on the novel by Mary Webb
Hazel Woodus runs free, living closer to nature than to society. Her innocence and beauty attract two men who struggle to possess her. Their obsessive pursuit threatens
to tear her apart, as the stark brutality of the First World War rages in the distance.
Set in the heart of the English countryside, this lyrical, passionate tale explores eternal
themes of love, human frailty and the attraction of violence.
Helen Edmundson's award-winning versions of Anna Karenina and Mill on the Floss have moved the hearts and minds of audiences around the world. This new collaboration
with director Nancy Meckler brings their distinctive brand of physical storytelling to a haunting tale.
Shared Experience return to the Lyric after their recent success with Madame Bovary: Breakfast with Emma and After Mrs Rochester.
Director: Nancy Meckler Designer: Niki Turner Composer: Olly Fox
Songs: Helen Edmundson Lighting: Jonathan Clark Movement: Liz Ranken

l ¡COMO NO! by Astrid Hadad and Los Tarzanes - June 15 to 19
Bursting onto the stage with tequila on her lips and shooting from the hip, Astrid Hadad is one of the most extraordinary performers to have broken out of Mexico City's dynamic performance scene. In the space of a dozen costume changes, Astrid and her troupe Los Tarzanes
combine their unique take on Mexico's ranchero song tradition with a dissection of the bleeding heart of contemporary Mexico. This is musical theatre like you've never seen before. You'll laugh so you can't hear yourself crying.

The Next Generation - Lyric Studio

l Feb 24 - March 6 - Stan's Cafe / Good & True / Be Proud of Me
Directed by James Yarker
Stan's Cafe, landing in London for the first time after an acclaimed European tour, create gripping devised theatre with a comically dark heart.
Good & True - Fast, strange and very funny, four idiot detectives blunder from a simple fit-up into worlds of philosophy and psychology that they are hopelessly under-qualified to deal with.
Be Proud of Me - With a script drawn from dozens of tourist phrase-books, this is the psychotic tale of a mysterious killing.

l March 9 - 27 - Dende Collective / Piranha Lounge
By Mark O'Thomas

Directed by Andre Pink
The Piranha Lounge is a seedy after-hours club where audience members meet the strange inhabitants of this late-night shebeen. Hear the tales of Barbosa, the lascivious Kangaroo; of Barbara, the insatiable growing woman; and experience Petunia, the sadistic card dealing M.C.
You will be amused, enthralled and ultimately touched by the extravagant melancholia of the Piranha Lounge.
Tickets: £9, £12
Concessions: £7, £5 (16-25s). Schools £6.50
Evenings 8pm

l April 14 - May 1 - Pauline Goldsmith in Bright Colours Only
Written and directed by Pauline Goldsmith
Fresh from wowing audiences from Belfast to Brazil, Pauline Goldsmith arrives with Bright Colours Only, her smash-hit show that resurrects the Irish wake tradition. You are cordially invited to a reception and vigil with plenty of tea, sympathy and a free dram or two.
So get on your glad rags, grab a hanky and celebrate life and death at this hellishly funny funeral delight!
This show is suitable for people who are dying to live.
Mondays all tickets £7
Tickets: £9, £12
Concessions: £7, £5 (16-25s) Schools £6.50
Evenings 8pm

l May 4 - 15 - John Hegley Special
Two newish shows from comedy's poet laureate
Packed Lunch

Journeys: Arbroath to Zanzibar. Yarns and yearnings. All sandwiches with crusts retained.
Warning - includes table dancing.
Evenings: 4, 5, 6, 13 May 8pm.
Family Fridays: 7, 14 May 7pm.
Saturday matinees: 8, 15 May 4pm.
The Sound of Paint Drying
A trip to France to recreate a painting done by dad 20 years distant. Romance and
blancmange. Warning - contains rhyming language.
Evenings: 8, 10, 11, 12, 15 May 8pm
Mondays all tickets £7
Tickets: £9, £12. Double Booker for both shows £20
Family Ticket: £34 for 4 seats.

l May 18 - June 19 - Peepolykus
Mindbender

Welcome to the world of Michael Santos - Psychic contortionist! Visionary! Spirit guide! Spirit level! Whatever. Your mind is his playground. Somehow he'll get inside you.
His powers are not only uncontrollable, they are also unbelievable. In his most controversial live shows to date, he will face his greatest challenge - his own future.
This show marks the return of Peepolykus to the Lyric after the success of Goose Nights,
Let the Donkey Go and Rhinoceros.
Directed by Darren Tunstall
Devised by Javier Marzan, John Nicholson, David Sant and Darren Tunstall
Design and lighting by Charles Camm.
Mondays all tickets: £7.
Tickets: £9, £12.
Concessions: £7, £5 (16 - 25s).
Schools: £6.50.
Evenings: 8pm.

l Please note: Good Samaritans - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the world premiere of Good Samaritans, presented by New York City Players and the Lyric Hammersmith, and directed by Richard Maxwell, has been postponed. The show was due to run from April 29 to May 8.

 

 

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