Following the success of A Doll’s House, Solaris, Cinderella and West End transfers Noises Off and Ghost Stories, the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Rachel O’Riordan’s debut season as artistic director continues this month with Faustus: That Damned Woman, a co-production between the Lyric and Headlong, in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
O’Riordan will then direct her second Main House show, Love, Love, Love, from March. As part of the season, the Lyric will also host Evolution, showcasing work from over 60 emerging artists as well as the 2020 Lyric Ensemble, a group of 15 aspiring artists who will work with a professional creative team to put on a production in June 2020.
The final show in the season will be Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes, directed by Roy Alexander Weise (Nine Nights, ‘Master Harold’… and the boys) and recently awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours list.
Faustus: That Damned Woman
22 January to 22 February 2020
Faustus: That Damned Woman is a new play from award-winning theatre maker Chris Bush. Caroline Byrne directs this radical new work in which the iconic character of Faustus is reimagined as a woman who makes the ultimate sacrifice to traverse centuries and alter the course of history. Jodie McNee will play Johanna Faustus with Danny Lee Wynter as Mephistopheles.
McNee and Wynter are joined by: Katherine Carlton, Alicia Charles, Emmanuella Cole, Barnaby Power and Tim Samuels. Faustus: That Damned Woman is the first work to be commissioned as part of Headlong and the Lyric’s long-term commitment to commissioning and producing work of scale by women playwrights. Following the run at the Lyric, Faustus: That Damned Woman will go on tour.
Love, Love, Love
5 March to 4 April 2020
Rachel O’Riordan directs Mike Bartlett’s award-winning play in its first major London revival since it was first performed in 2012. Love, Love, Love, charts one couple’s journey 40 years from the era of free love to the beginning of the 21st century. Casting to be announced.
Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial At Thebes
18 April to 16 May 2020
Roy Alexander Weise directs a new production of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s translation of Sophocles’ fifth century tragedy. This large scale production will feature a chorus of young performers from the Lyric Ensemble. Cast and creative teams to be announced.
Lyric Ensemble 2020
24 June to 4 July 2020
The Lyric Ensemble, a group of aspiring young actors aged between 18-25 years old, will present a newly devised play at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in June 2020. The piece will mark the culmination of eight month’s industry training for 15 emerging actors and artists.
11 February to 14 February 2020
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s Evolution will be returning for a fifth consecutive year in 2020. The festival showcases works from artists aged 18-25, celebrating ground-breaking and exciting work being produced in the capital. Over the course of four days more than 60 artists, actors and musicians will perform at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
The festival features projects developed by the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, including: Screwdriver, the winner of this year’s (2019) Bill Cashmore Award; four new showcases of well-known classics as part of Evolution Lab; and 16 scratch shows.
The most exciting scratch will win the 2020 Bill Cashmore Award, providing an opportunity for a yearlong residency at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre.
The Little Lyric spring 2020 Season begins from the 4 January with Snow Play. The season, programmed especially for audiences aged 2-11 years, includes new shows from some of the Lyric’s favourite family theatre companies, as well as exciting companies performing at the Lyric for the first time. This year’s shows include Mimi and the Mountain Dragon, The Bear, Mustard Doesn’t Go With Girls and One Duck Down, plus a half term show, Star in the Jar and an Easter show, Chloe and the Colour Catcher.