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Sean Holmes announces his departure from the Lyric Hammersmith

Sean Holmes
Sean Holmes

Sean Holmes

The Lyric Hammersmith today announced that Sean Holmes will step down in October 2018, after almost a decade as Artistic Director and Joint Chief Executive. Sean joined the Lyric in January 2009.

During Holmes’ tenure at the Lyric, he has directed 22 shows including the Olivier Award Winning Blasted, which received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre award. His ground-breaking Secret Theatre project reinvented the traditional approaches to making theatre as well as the theatre-going experience. One of the most prominent achievements during his joint tenure with the then Executive Director Jessica Hepburn, was the planning, fundraising and completion of a major capital development project, completed in 2015. Holmes’ production of Bugsy Malone – the first stage version in over a decade – reopened the theatre to great critical and audience acclaim. Diversity and access for young people has remained a priority – both the audience demographic and through the Lyric’s outreach work – which has increased dramatically under his and current Executive Director, Sian Alexander’s joint leadership. Sean Holmes’ final directing projects at the Lyric were The Plough and The Stars – a revival of his 2016 production to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising and a remount of A Midsummer Night’s Dream currently on a major national tour.

Holmes’ productions for the Lyric include: The Plough and The Stars (also at Abbey Theatre Dublin and a Irish/US Tour), The SeagullTerrorShopping and F**kingBugsy MaloneA Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour/Manchester Royal Exchange/Brisbane Festival/Dublin International Festival), Herons, Secret Theatre Shows 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Blasted (winner Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre), A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories (also Duke of York’s/Liverpool Playhouse/Panasonic Theatre, Toronto/Arts Theatre), Three Sisters and Comedians.

Holmes’ distinctive programming choices have presented an extraordinary scope of work – both experimental and accessible. Having introduced Pantomime to the Lyric, it is now firmly established as a local tradition and celebrating 10 years in 2018, bringing a fresh inventive approach to the traditional form. Alongside Bugsy Malone, The Seagull and Saved, Holmes has placed such shows as Philip Venables’ operatic setting of Sarah Kane’s final play 4.48 PsychosisThings I Know to be Truefrom Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company Australia, and the massively influential international co-production Three Kingdoms.

Ticket prices have remained accessible, and the longstanding programme of Free First Nights has now welcomed more than 50,000 people who live and work in Hammersmith and Fulham to the Lyric for free, and often for their first theatre experience.

The Lyric’s capital development project began in 2012, and the theatre fully reopened in 2015 revealing a contemporary and inviting front of house makeover, as well as impressive state of the art facilities in the new Reuben Foundation Wing. In the three years since opening, these new facilities (including a dance studio, music practice rooms, a recording studio, film & TV studio, editing suite, 50 seat cinema, a digital playspace and a sensory space for disabled children) have enhanced the scale of the Lyric’s theatre productions, whilst also dramatically increasing the range and volume of work with young people from all backgrounds. Notably, the Evolution Festival, established in 2016, which showcases the talent and creativity of Londoners aged 18-25 and has led to ongoing development of some of these productions. During his tenure at the Lyric, Sean Holmes has invested considerably in the careers of young directors, writers and actors from a wide range of backgrounds, through mentoring and proactive support.

The end of Holmes’ tenure at the Lyric will see a 3-month refurbishment of the theatre’s 550 seat Victorian Matcham auditorium and the modernisation of the Studio theatre, beginning in June 2018.

Sean Holmes says: “I’ve been incredibly lucky over the last nine years to have been the Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. During that time, it has been a home to the weird, the wonderful and the unexpected. The youthful exuberance of Bugsy Malone, the game changing attack of Three Kingdoms, the populist magic of Ghost Stories, Filter’s deranged Dream, the fierce blast of Blasted, our beloved Panto and the unique experiment of Secret Theatre are just some of what we’ve produced. There have been successes and failures – some glorious – but the Lyric has always remained defiantly itself.  A local, London, national, international theatre, proud of its Hammersmith roots and open to all. It has been my privilege in that time to work with a host of committed, passionate and creative collaborators and I want to thank them all – staff and artists, board members and associates, theatres and companies, supporters and funders and most especially the young people whose energy and sense of ownership makes the Lyric what it is – warm, inclusive, welcoming, provocative and messy. I’m going to miss it very much, but I feel it’s time for a new generation to take over the helm and look forward with great anticipation and excitement to seeing a new artistic vision illuminating the theatre I love.”

Sian Alexander, Executive Director says: “It’s been a joy and a privilege to co-lead the Lyric with Sean in the final three years of his tenure. We will truly miss him and his unique spirit and energy. He leaves the Lyric in rude health and I look forward to continuing to build on all we have achieved.”

Lisa Burger, Chair of the Board says: “From the Olivier Award Winning Blasted to Bugsy Malone and from The Plough and the Stars to Secret Theatre, Sean has directed an extraordinary range of work for the Lyric.  Diversity and work with and for children and young people has been a focus during his tenure and this has increased in impact and reach following the completion of the Reuben Foundation Wing in 2015.  On behalf of the Board I want to express huge gratitude for an incredible nine and a half years and wish him the very best as he returns to a freelance directing career.”

The search for Holmes’ successor will begin at the end of May.


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Kate Marlais announced as The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Lyric Hammersmith

Kate Marlais
Kate Marlais

Kate Marlais

Musical Theatre Network & Mercury Musical Developments & Lyric Hammersmith have announced that Kate Marlais will be The Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer at the Lyric Hammersmith commencing March 2018.

“Being selected as the next Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer is an invaluable opportunity for me at this stage in my composing career. The Lyric really is an incredible place – not just a theatre producing and welcoming eclectic, bold, provoking work, but also a buzzing community hub for engagement and education. I’m so excited to be working in such an inspiring environment, and hope to gain a huge amount from my time there. Thank you to the Lyric, the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer scheme, to Musical Theatre Network, and to Mercury Musical Development who are a constant support within the industry for emerging composers.” Kate Marlais, Composer

  “We are delighted that a composer as talented, multi-faceted and passionate as Kate Marlais will be joining us as a Cameron Macintosh resident composer in 2018. We look forward to her creative response to the exciting range of work that awaits her here at the Lyric” Sean Holmes, Artistic Director, Lyric Hammersmith

 Through this scheme musical theatre composers are paired with a venue, and given the opportunity to be involved in a range of work which could include underscoring plays, setting text to music or creating their own piece of new work. Recent venues have included the Royal Shakespeare Company, Curve, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic, the Mercury, Colchester and New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich. Kate Marlais is the fifth of five placements that MTN and MMD have facilitated over 2015-18 thanks to the generosity of the Cameron Mackintosh Foundation.

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The Lyric Hammersmith’s Fundraising Gala, Lyric Fest, featuring Jude Law onstage with Lyric Young Artists

Jude Law

Jude Law

On Sunday 24 September, the Lyric Hammersmith celebrates their life-changing work with young people with a night of entertainment hosted by Mel Giedroyc. Lyric Fest, the Lyric’s biennial Fundraising Gala will raise funds to deliver and grow the Lyric’s important work in supporting a diverse new generation of artists and creatives. For one night only, the main auditorium will be transformed into a festival setting to showcase the Lyric’s world-class work onstage and its innovative programmes with and for young people.

The show curated by the Lyric’s Artistic Director, Sean Holmes and hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Lyric alumni, writer and Benidorm star Nathan Bryon, will feature performances from Jude LawSophie Ellis-BextorJoe StilgoeVikki Stone and Deanna Rodger alongside the Lyric’s young artists.

The Lyric is committed to working with exciting artists and young people to create innovative and exceptional performances and projects. Over the past decade the Lyric has established a national and international reputation for its work with young people. The Lyric celebrated 10 years of START last December, a theatre based programme for vulnerable young people struggling to engage with education, employment or training.

The Lyric is profoundly committed to giving young people from all backgrounds access to the arts in order to develop their creative, social, personal and economic potential. In particular they recognise the power of bringing young people into the Lyric to create work in a professional theatre alongside professional artists.

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director said: “This Gala celebrates the unique vision of the Lyric as a home to the highest quality theatre and the best inspirational work with young people.

“In a glorious synthesis of these two strands, leading theatre, comedy and music artists will partner with our young performers to deliver a Gala show of surprise, delight and collaboration across the generations.

“At the centre of this, in a splendid showcase of his acting mettle – Jude Law will perform in six two character mini plays written by our young writers.  Each of the plays will feature one of our Young Lyric actors, giving them the chance to share the main stage with Jude.

“All that is great about the Lyric celebrated over one great night and securing a fundraising legacy that will support the next generation of diverse young artists.”

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Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT announcing Fatherland dates

Fatherland-3 - Photographer Manuel Harlan

Fatherland-3 - Photographer Manuel Harlan

Fatherland Photographer Manuel Harlan

Today booking opens at the Lyric Hammersmith and LIFT for Fatherland, which opens at the Lyric in May 2018 as part of the Lyric’s Spring/Summer 2018 season and LIFT 2018. This bold new production, by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focusing on contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions, premiered at the Royal Exchange Theatre as part of Manchester International Festival.

This intensely physical production is performed by a 13-strong cast who will be joined by the Chorus of Others, a cacophony of voices, specially formed as part of Fatherland, for the production at the Lyric. Fatherland features exclusive songs and music written by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert.

Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the three co-creators’ hometowns across England, Corby, Kidderminster and Stockport, Fatherland explores identity, nationality and masculinity. In a vivid and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future, Fatherland is a show about what we were, who we are and what we try to be.

Commissioned and produced by Lyric Hammersmith, LIFT, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly and the Royal Exchange Theatre. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Creative Team
Co-Author & Director                    Scott Graham
Co-Author & Composer                 Karl Hyde
Co-Author & Writer                        Simon Stephens
Designer                                            Jon Bausor
Lighting Designer                          Jon Clark
Co-Composer & Music Producer Matthew Herbert
Sound Designer                              Ian Dickinson for Autograph Sound
Choreographer                               Eddie Kay
Dramaturg                                       Nick Sidi
Casting Director                             Anne McNulty CDG

FURTHER CASTING ANNOUNCED The Seagull By Anton Chekhov in a new version by Simon Stephens Directed by Sean Holmes

The Seagull
The Seagull

The Seagull

The Lyric Hammersmith today announced further casting for Simon Stephens’s new version of Anton Chekhov’s highly renowned play, The Seagull, directed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes. Adelayo Adedayo plays Nina, Michele Austin plays Pauline, Paul Higgins plays Hugo Dorn, Cherrelle Skeete plays Marcia, Nicolas Tennant plays Peter Sorin and Brian Vernel plays Konstantin, joining the previously announced Lesley Sharp who plays Irina Arkadina.

Unrequited love. Creative jealousy. Guns. Vodka. And Art.

Chekhov’s celebrated masterpiece is given vibrant new life in this dynamic new version by Olivier- award winning playwright Simon Stephens directed by Sean Holmes.

Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates this classic play.

Cast Includes: Adelayo Adedayo, Michele Austin, Paul Higgins, Lesley Sharp, Cherrelle Skeete, Nicolas Tennant and Brian Vernel.

Adelayo Adedayo plays Nina

Theatre credits include: Cuttin’ It (Young Vic/Royal Court); Klippies (Southwark Playhouse); Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and The Dead Wait (Park Theatre)

Film and TV credits include: Unlocked, Timewaster, Houdini & Doyle, Some Girls, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, Law & Order UK, Skins, Gone Too Far, Sket, MI High, Meet The Bandaiis and The Bill.

Michele Austin plays Pauline

Theatre credits include: Medea and The Chain Play (Almeida); Pride and Prejudice (Sheffield Crucible Theatre); The House That Will Not Stand and The Riots (Tricycle); I Know How I Feel About Eve (Hampstead Theatre); To Kill A Mockingbird (Regents Park); Six Books (Bush); Wild Child (Rough Cuts); The Lost Mariner, Been So Long and Breath, Boom (Royal Court); Generations (Young Vic); Out In The Open (Hampstead); Our Country’s Good (Out of Joint) and It’s A Great Shame (Stratford East).

Film and TV credits include: The Children Act, What We Did On Our Holidays, Another Year, The Infidel, All Or Nothing, I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Second Nature, Secrets & Lies, Eastenders, The Coroner, The Casual Vacancy, Death In Paradise, Harry And Paul, Holby City, Peep Show, Silent Witness, Britannia High, Outnumbered, Never Better, Secret Life, The Bill, The Wife Of Bath, Clare In The Community, Doctors, Gimme Gimme Gimme, Eastenders, The Bill, Babes In The Wood, Kiss Me Kate and The Perfect Blue.

Paul Higgins plays Hugo Dorn

Theatre credits include: Temple, Luise Miller, The Cosmonaut’s Last Message (Donmar); Blackbird, King Lear (Citizens); Hope, Nightsongs, American Bagpipes, The Conquest of the South Pole (Royal Court); Children of the Sun, White Guard, Paul, An Enemy of the People, The Hare Trilogy (National Theatre); Damascus (Traverse/Tricycle/Middle East); The Tempest (Tron); Black Watch (National Theatre of Scotland); Macbeth, Conversations After A Burial (Almeida); Measure for Measure (RSC); The Golden Ass, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Globe).

Film and TV credits include: Line of Duty, Decline and Fall, The Thick of it, New Town, The Last Enemy, Murder, Raised By Wolves, Utopia, Low Winter Sun, Victoria & Abdul, Couple in a Hole, In The Loop, Red Road, Bedrooms and Hallways, Apostle and The Party’s Just Beginning.

Lesley Sharp plays Irina Arkadina

Theatre credits include: A Taste of Honey, Harper Regan, Mother Courage and her Children, Murmuring Judges, Uncle Vanya – Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress (National Theatre); Ingredient X, Top Girls and Our Country’s Good (Royal Court); Ghosts (Duchess); Little Voice (Vaudeville); God Of Hell, A Family Affair – Olivier Award nomination for Best Comedy Performance (Donmar); Playing With Trains and Mary and Lizzie (RSC) and Summerfolk (Chichester Festival Theatre).

Film and TV credits include: Three Girls, Scott & Bailey, Capital, Starlings, The Shadow Line, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, Cranford, Poirot, Moving On, The Diary of Anne Frank, Dr Who, Afterlife, Planespotting, The Survivors, Carla, Carrie’s War, Bob and Rose Slapper and Me, Inkheart, Vera Drake, Cheeky, From Hell, The Full Monty, Naked, Priest, Close My Eyes, The Rachel Papers, Rita, Sue and Bob Too, The Love Child. Clocking Off, Great Expectations, Playing The Field and Common as Muck.

Cherrelle Skeete plays Marcia

Theatre credits include: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Palace); Three Days in the Country and Amen Corner (National Theatre); Wind in the Willows (Royal and Derngate, Northampton); And I and Silence (Finborough) and The Lion King (Lyceum).

Film and TV credits include: Silent Witness, Danny and the Human Zoo, The Five, Ordinary Lies and Call the Midwife.

Nicolas Tennant plays Peter Sorin

For the Lyric: Three Kingdoms (also Tallinn/Munich),

Theatre credits include: Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time (Apollo); Hamlet, Taming Of The Shrew, King Lear, As You Like It and All’s Well That Ends Well (RSC); The Alchemist and Dr Faustus (Liverpool Playhouse); Tiger Country and Love Me Tonight (Hampstead); The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (Liverpool Everyman /Chichester); The Power Of Yes, The Blue Ball and The U.N. Inspector (National Theatre); Roaring Trade and Piranha Heights (Soho); People At Sea (Salisbury Playhouse); Caucasian Chalk Circle (Tour); Under The Black Flag (Shakespeare’s Globe); Members Only (Trafalgar); Dead Funny (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Cloud 9 and Teeth ‘N’ Smiles (Sheffield Theatre) and Bad Company, Sugar, Sugar and Love & Understanding (Bush).

Film and TV credits include: Peaky Blinders, The Bill, The Gift, The Fool, Nice Town, Between the Lines, Breaking The Bank, Oscar & Lucinda, Friday On My Mind, Backbeat and Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic.

Brian Vernel plays Konstantin

Theatre credits include: Barbarians (Young Vic); Future Conditional (The Old Vic); Takin’ Over the Asylum (Royal Lyceum/Citizen’s); Macbeth, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); The Static, Blackout (ThickSkin) and Four Parts Broken (National Theatre Of Scotland/Traverse /Oran Mor).

Film and TV credits include: Dunkirk, Papillon, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Winter Song, Offender, Let Us Prey, Collateral, The Tunnel, Dr Who, The Missing 2, The Last Kingdom, The Casual Vacancy, Grantchester, Prey and The Field of Blood.

Further casting to be announced.

Simon Stephens

Simon is an award-winning playwright. For the Lyric: Fatherland (Manchester International Festival 2017 / Lyric & LIFT Festival 2018) Herons, Morning (also Edinburgh Fringe Festival), Three Kingdoms (also Tallinn/Munich), A Thousand Stars that Explode in the Sky and Punk Rock – winner 2009 Manchester Evening News Award for Best Production (also Manchester Royal Exchange). Other theatre credits include: The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre); Heisenberg (Manhattan Theatre Company); Obsession (Barbican/Toneelgroep Amsterdam); Song From Far Away, The Cherry Orchard, I Am The Wind (Young Vic); Carmen Disruption (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Almeida Theatre); Nuclear War, Birdland, Wastwater – winner 2011 Theater Heute’s Award, Motortown – winner 2007 Theater Heute’s Award, Country Music, Herons, Bluebird (Royal Court); The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time – Winner Olivier and Tony Awards for Best New Play (National Theatre /Apollo /Gielgud /Barrymore Theatre, Broadway); A Doll’s House (Young Vic/Duke Of York’s); Pornography – winner 2008 Theater Heute’s Award (Deutsches Schauspielhaus/Edinburgh Festival/Birmingham Rep/Tricycle Theatre); Sea Wall (Bush); Harper Regan, Port – winner 2001 Pearson Award for Best Play (Royal Exchange/National Theatre) and On The Shore Of The Wide World – winner 2005 Olivier Award for Best New Play (Royal Exchange). Film and television credits include: Dive, Pornography and Cargese. Radio credits include: Five Letters Home to Elizabeth and Digging. Simon is an Artistic Associate at the Lyric Hammersmith and Associate Playwright at the Royal Court. He was also on the board for Paines Plough between 2009 and 2014, and was a Writers’ Tutor for the Young Writers’ Programme at the Royal Court between 2001 and 2005.

Sean Holmes

Sean is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. For the Lyric: Terror, Shopping and F**king, Bugsy Malone, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (UK Tour/Manchester Royal Exchange/Brisbane Festival/Dublin International Festival), Herons, Secret Theatre Shows 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Blasted – winner Olivier Award 2011, Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, A Thousand Stars Explode in the Sky, Ghost Stories (also Duke of York’s/Liverpool Playhouse/Panasonic Theatre, Toronto/Arts Theatre), Three Sisters and Comedians. In 2016 Sean directed The Plough and the Stars at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin (also Irish/US Tour). Sean was an Associate Director of the Oxford Stage Company from 2001 to 2006 and has also worked at the National Theatre, RSC, Tricycle, Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Chichester Festival Theatre and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin.

Written by Anton Chekhov New Version by Simon Stephens Directed by Sean Holmes Design by Hyemi Shin Lighting by Anna Watson Sound by Pete Malkin Casting by Stuart Burt CDG Literal Translation by Helen Rappaport

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 Nuffield Southampton Theatres And Curve’s Production Of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox, in association with Lyric Hammersmith, returns to London for summer run

Fantastic Mr Fox at Nuffield Southampton Theatres. Greg Barnett (Mr Fox). Photo credit Manuel Harlan

Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Curve and Lyric Hammersmith today announced that, following a successful UK tour, their production of Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox will return for a second run at Lyric Hammersmith this summer.  The production, adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft, directed by Maria Aberg with original music by Arthur Darvill, runs at the Lyric Hammersmith from 26 July to 20 August, after it completes its national tour.

Director of Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Sam Hodges said today, “I am very pleased that our hit production of Fantastic Mr Fox is coming back to London, following the last sell-out run. This is a terrific adaptation of a special story and this return to the Lyric marks a well-deserved finale to a successful tour.”

In a joint statement Curve’s Chief Executive Chris Stafford and Artistic Director Nikolai Foster said: “We are thrilled that even more families and young people will be able to experience our successful co-production of Fantastic Mr Fox. Audiences across the country and internationally have all had a wonderful time watching this ‘fantastic’ Roald Dahl classic be brought to life live on stage.”

Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith, Sean Holmes, said “We are delighted to welcome back Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox after its sell-out success here at the Lyric earlier this year.  A great treat for all the family this summer”

“You know as well as I do: no-one outfoxes a fox!”

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?

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox is family fun at its finest. A juicy tale of greed, pride and the power of friendship which promises a Dahlicious theatrical feast with live music and songs.

Sam Holcroft’s most recent play, Rules for Living, premièred at the National Theatre in 2015 and a revival, directed by Simon Godwin and co-produced by English Touring Theatre, Rose Theatre Kingston and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, will be touring the UK this autumn. She was the Writer-in-Residence at the National Theatre Studio from 2013-14 and was the Pearson Playwright in Residence at the Traverse Theatre in 2009-10. In 2014 she was a recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Literature in the Drama category and in 2009 she won the Tom Erhardt Award for up and coming writers. Her other plays include The Wardrobe, Edgar And Annabel, Dancing Bears, While You Lie, Pink, Vanya and Cockroach.  She is currently under commission from the Royal Court Theatre.

Maria Aberg directs.  Her directing work includes, for the RSC, Dr Faustus (also Barbican), The White Devil, As You Like It, King John, The Gods Weep, Days of Significance; Hotel (National Theatre), Much Ado About Nothing (Manchester Royal Exchange),The Chairs (Theatre Royal Bath) and Alaska (Royal Court Theatre). She has also directed at Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios.  Forthcoming directing projects include The Winter’s Tale (Romateatern, Sweden).

Arthur Darvill is an actor and composer, best-known for his regular appearances as Rory in BBC TV’s Doctor Who and as Rev. Paul Coates on ITV’s Broadchurch. Darvill’s most recent theatre work as composer includes I Want My Hat Back (National Theatre),I Heart Peterborough (Eastern Angles), The Bacchae (English Touring Theatre), It’s About Time (nabokov/Latitude), and Jack and The Beanstalk (Lyric Hammersmith). He won the Musical Theatre Matters Award for Been So Long (Young Vic/English Touring Theatre).

Nuffield Southampton Theatres and Curve in association with Lyric Hammersmith present

Roald Dahl’s


Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft

Directed by Maria Aberg; Designed by Tom Scutt; Music by Arthur Darvill

Lyrics by Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft, Al Muriel and Darren Clark

Sound Designer: Claire Windsor; Lighting Designer: Lee Curran

Movement Director: Ayse Tashkiran; Music Director: Richie Hart; Casting Director: Annelie Powell

Cast includes: Richard Atwill, Greg Barnett, Patrick Burbidge, Jade Croot, Lillie Flynn, Sandy Foster, Gruffudd Glyn, Richie Hart, Thomas Hewitt, Edward Hole, Kelly Jackson, Tanya Shields.

26 July – 20 August

Lyric Hammersmith

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