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Toyah Willcox stars in London transfer of Jubilee


Lyric Hammersmith announce their 2018 Season

  • Toyah Willcox stars in the London transfer of this new stage adaptation of Derek Jarman’s seminal film Jubilee, in a timely 40th-anniversary co-production with the Royal Exchange and Chris Goode & Company
  • Dynamic re-imagining of Sean O’Casey’s revolutionary masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars, directed by Sean Holmes, a co-production with the Abbey Theatre, Dublin
  • The return of 4.48 Psychosis, the Royal Opera’s production of Sarah Kane’s last play, winner of the Achievement in Opera award in the 2016 UK Theatre Awards
  • The internationally renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter brings his Shechter II company to the Lyric Hammersmith for 6 performances only
  • Fatherland, a bold new production focusing on contemporary fatherhood with music by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert, co-commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange and LIFT
  • o t h e l l o m a c b e t h, a new condensed staging of these two iconic plays, performed
    together as one production by one exciting company, in a co-production with HOME

Today the Lyric Hammersmith announces their 2018 Season comprising a new adaptation, an innovative Shakespeare staging, a major festival production, a stunning revival, an award-winning contemporary opera and a brand new dance production.

Following on from the previously announced Things I Know to be True by Frantic Assembly, Toyah Willcox comes to the Lyric in an audacious new staging of Derek Jarman’s seminal film, Jubilee

In March, Sean Holmes’ production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars is at the Lyric after a sell-out run at the Abbey Theatre. This is followed by the revival of the Royal Opera’s award-winning operatic production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis in April.

The internationally renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter brings his Shechter II company of talented young dancers to the Lyric Hammersmith for 6 performances only. Shechter II will be performing a double-bill of Hofesh’s blackly comic Clowns and a brand new creation to sit alongside it.

The Lyric’s co-production of Fatherland arrives in London in May/June as part of LIFT, following its world premiere at Manchester International Festival in 2017.

Going into next autumn, a new condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays will both be performed in one production by one company in o t h e l l o m a c b e t h, directed by Jude Christian and Sean Holmes.

In 2018 the Lyric will continue its commitment to opening theatre to new audiences through its Free First Night Scheme, through which the theatre gives at least 2,500 free tickets each year to people who live or work locally to attend the first performance of each production.

The Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said: ‘It’s a real pleasure to announce such a vibrant and provocative season. Punk rebellion, Irish revolt, ground-breaking opera, electrifying dance, Shakespeare doubled and Frantic Assembly at their best make for a rich and compelling Lyric season: one that promotes emerging talent and celebrates the artistic benefits of collaboration in all its forms.’

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