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

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The Lyric Hammersmith’s spring season opens with the new musical version of Fantastic Mr Fox, marking the Roald Dahl centenary. This is followed by premieres for Matthew Whittet’s Australian play Seventeen and Duncan Macmillan’s adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass.

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BUGSY MALONE – Lyric Hammersmith

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In April last year, the delightful Lyric Hammersmith reopened with a commendably well-structured stage version of Bugsy Malone. Great production values, props, costumes, fight direction and orchestrations. Reviving it for the whole of this summer requires three very young actors to play each of the seven leads so to keep consistency between performances, some pretty stringent direction has been applied.

NEWS: Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping & F*cking revived at Lyric Hammersmith, 20 years on

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Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings Mark Ravenhill’s provocative first play Shopping and Fucking back to the stage. It runs at London’s Lyric Hammersmith (where Holmes is artistic director) for a limited season from 7 October to 5 November 2016, with a press night on 12 October.

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NEWS: Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping & F*cking revived at Lyric Hammersmith, 20 years on

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Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings Mark Ravenhill’s provocative first play Shopping and Fucking back to the stage. It runs at London’s Lyric Hammersmith (where Holmes is artistic director) for a limited season from 7 October to 5 November 2016, with a press night on 12 October.

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NEWS: Cast announced for UK premiere of Frantic Assembly’s Things I Know To Be True

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Full casting – including Imogen Stubbs and Natalie Casey – has been announced for the UK premiere of Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. The production opens at London’s Lyric Hammersmith in September ahead of a UK tour.

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NEWS: Three new casts of children announced for Bugsy Malone return

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The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Sir Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, which returns to the Lyric for a limited 12-week run following the critically acclaimed, Olivier-nominated 2015 production. [The show also won the My Theatre Mates #AlsoRecognised Award for Best Ensemble Performance.] The production re-opens on 24 June 2016, previews from 11 June.

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NEWS: Bugsy Malone returns to Lyric Hammersmith, 11 Jun

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The Lyric Hammersmith’s critically acclaimed sell-out production of Sir Alan Parker’s Bugsy Malone, with music and lyrics by Paul Williams and directed by Sean Holmes, will return to the Lyric for a 12 week run, opening on Friday 24 June 2016, with previews from Saturday 11 June. Casting to be announced.

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NEWS: Lyric Hammersmith revives Simon Stephens Herons, premieres Sarah Kane opera

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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, and two radical new operas co-produced with the Royal Opera House.

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Diary of a theatre addict: Musical theatre returns from Goodall to Carrie

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Critics are in a mad rush all over town at the moment to keep up with the flood of openings. Just the other night Michael Billington was telling me that he’s got a straight run of 10 openings to cover, night after night. The Evening Standard’s Henry Hitchings told me just yesterday that he’s got 20 consecutive theatre trips in his diary (he usually does three or four a week).

BUGSY MALONE – Lyric Hammersmith

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The list of gangster movies inspired by 1920’s prohibition-era Chicago is lengthy, but it was not to be until 1976 that British director Alan Parker was to redefine the genre with Bugsy Malone. His award-winning feature film was an inspired musical romp for children, with the classic themes of love and crime all scaled down to a kids-eye view of morality and with sub-machine guns converted to spray custard-pie “splurge” rather than murderous lead.

The best of the best of #theatre2015 preview highlights

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We’ve looked back ad nauseum over the past fortnight at the best of #theatre2014; now it’s time to look forward. And there’s SO much to look forward to theatrically. To help you keep track of all the new year picks and predictions, here’s a handy 2015 recommendations round-up. Having perused them all, let me summarise […]