The Lyric Hammersmith today announces its Spring 2016 Season. They will present the first professional production of Simon Stephens’ Herons since the play premiered at the Royal Court in 2001, directed by the Lyric’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes. This is followed by the return of their coproduction with Filter Theatre of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last staged in 2012.
In May, the Royal Opera will present, two contemporary operas: Pleasure by Mark Simpson featuring well-known British soprano Lesley Garrett and the world premiere of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis by Philip Venables, both presented in association with the Lyric.
Currently playing at the Lyric is Laura Wade’s electrifying new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel, Tipping the Velvet, directed by Lyndsey Turner, which will transfer to the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh from Wednesday 28 October 2015. Over the festive season audiences will be treated to a new pantomime of Cinderella, by Tom Wells, and Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas in the studio.
Sean Holmes, Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith said:
“We are delighted to announce our 2016 Spring Season – a provocative and playful programme of reimagined texts. The return of Filter’s crazed Dream; a disrespectful revival of Herons – Simon Stephens’ searing examination of pained youth – and the premiere of two radical new operas Philip Venables’ adaptation of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis as well as Mark Simpson’s Pleasure.”
Tipping the Velvet
Must End 24 October 2015
21 November 2015 – 03 January 2016
Press Night: Sat 28 November
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas
20 November – 24 December 2015
Fri 15 January – Sat 13 February 2016
Press Night: Thu 21 January at 7pm
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Sat 20 February – Sat 19 March 2016
Press Night: Thu 25 February
Thu 12, Fri 13 & Sat 14 May
Press Night: Thu 12 May
Tue 24, Thu 26, Fri 27 & Sat 28 May
Press Night: Tue 24 May