The Lyric Hammersmith has announced its new season running May 2017 to January 2018, including three major new productions: a UK premiere, a new adaptation of a classic and the return of the now traditional Lyric pantomime.
In June, the Lyric will present the UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror in a translation by David Tushingham, a gripping and timely play that has been stirring debate around the globe. The audience are at the centre of this courtroom drama, voting to decide the verdict at each performance. Guilty. Not Guilty. You Decide. > Terror, directed by artistic director Sean Holmes, runs 14 Jun to 15 July 2017.
In the autumn, Lesley Sharp takes to the Lyric stage playing Irina Arkadina in a vibrant new take on Anton Chekhov classic The Seagull, adapted by Lyric Associate Artist Simon Stephens and also directed by Holmes. > The Seagull runs from 3 October to 4 November 2017.
The festive season will see the return of the much loved Lyric pantomime with a brand new production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Written by Joel Horwood, this re-imagined panto classic is co-directed by Holmes and Jude Christian. > Jack and the Beanstalk runs 18 November 2017 to 6 January 2018.
Before these new in-house programming highlights, the previously announced stage premiere of Paul Auster’s City of Glass – care of 59 Productions and Duncan Macmillan, co-produced by the Lyric and HOME with Karl Sydow – will extend its run at the Lyric Hammersmith by a week, running until Saturday 20 May 2017.
Also in May, Amici, the Lyric’s resident dance theatre company which integrates able-bodied and disabled performers, will reprise two past productions Tightrope and 35 Amici Drive, playing in repertory for the first time as a company.
The Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said:
“This Lyric season offers a unique series of audience experiences. From the groundbreaking visual imagery of City of Glass to deciding the fate of the accused in Terror; from Chekhov as it’s never been seen before to the glorious communion between actors and audience that is the hallmark of the Lyric panto. This season has it all.”