NEWS: Lyric marks Roald Dahl centenary with Fantastic Mr Fox in spring season

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The Lyric Hammersmith are delighted to announce their Spring 2017 season, a diverse and eclectic programme of major new works featuring national and international collaborations.

Following the Lyric Hammersmith’s much-loved annual pantomime, Aladdin, which closes the winter season, Fantastic Mr Fox, a co-production with Nuffield Southampton and Curve Leicester, will launch itself on to the Lyric stage early in the new year as part of a national tour. This fresh musical adaption of the classic story, full of family fun, coincides with the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

Fantastic Mr Fox opens in Southampton where it has a Christmas run from 22 November 2016 to 8 January 2017, then transfers to the Lyric – 25 January to 19 February 2016, with a press night on 27 January – ahead of an extensive UK-wide tou.

In March the Lyric will create a new UK production for the European premiere of Matthew Whittet’s acclaimed play, Seventeen, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks. A funny, wise, immature and bittersweet celebration of teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, played by a cast of septuagenarians, the play had its world premiere in Sydney in 2015. Seventeen runs at the Lyric 4 March to 8 April 2017, with a press night on 14 March.

After Easter, the Lyric co-produces the dazzlingly original stage version of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, adapted by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan (People, Places and Things and 1984) and directed by Leo Warner. This production is the first-ever stage adaptation of one of Auster’s novels in the UK, which will embark on an international tour after its run at the Lyric. City of Glass runs at the Lyric 20 April to 13 May 2017, with a press night on 26 April.

The Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said:

“True to our unique vein of bold and eclectic programming that crosses from large scale family theatre to hard hitting contemporary drama, I’m delighted to announce three ambitious new productions for Spring 17.

Each individual show pushes at the boundaries of theatre in different ways bringing together world class creative teams in national and international collaborations. Together these shows will entertain, provoke and challenge our audiences in classic Lyric style.”

Fantastic Mr Fox

Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft
Directed by Maria Aberg
A Nuffield and Curve Production in association with Lyric Hammersmith
Wednesday 25 January – Sunday 19 February 2017
Press Performance: Friday 27 January at 7pm

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship, this flagship production for the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations promises a huge theatrical feast with live music and songs, ideal for the whole family.

Boggis, Bunce and Bean, three greedy, smelly, horrid farmers hate the cunning Mr Fox. Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers? And can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?

Fantastic Mr Fox has a stellar creative team: Director Maria Aberg (The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, all RSC; Hotel, National Theatre), playwright Sam Holcroft (Rules for Living, National Theatre, The Wardrobe, National Theatre Connections) and designer Nuffield Associate Tom Scutt (King Charles III Almeida/West End/Broadway), Wozzeck (English National Opera), Constellations (Royal Court/West End/Broadway).

The music is composed by Arthur Darvill, whose acting credits include ‘Rory’ in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and ‘Rev. Paul Coates’ in Broadchurch. His music credits include (Been So Long, Young Vic and The Frontline, The Globe).

This production opens at Nuffield Southampton Theatres in November 2016 and comes to the Lyric ahead of a national tour.

Written by Roald Dahl
Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft
Directed by Maria Aberg
Designed by Tom Scutt
Music by Arthur Darvill
Lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel
Sound Design by Claire Windsor
Lighting Design by Lee Curran
Casting by Annelie Powell CDG
Movement directed by Ayse Tashkiran

Casting to be announced.

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