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LYRIC HAMMERSMITH TO STAGE MARK RAVENHILL’S SHOPPING AND F***ING ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS PREMIEREPosted by Lyric Hammersmith, 20 June 2016
- 20 years since its premiere at the Royal Court, Mark Ravenhill’s powerful and provocative Shopping and F***ing comes to the Lyric this autumn in a new production directed by Sean Holmes.
- A new gloriously irreverent celebration of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest starring Mel Giedroyc and directed by Sean Holmes will be performed at Latitude Festival in July.
- Celebrating this summer’s reprise of the hugely successful Bugsy Malone, the Lyric hosts the Bugsy Malone Family Fun Day on 31 July. Over 4 hours of fabulous fun and entertainment for families, including the Olivier Award nominated performance.
- Following its run at the Lyric in February 2016 the Lyric and Filter Theatre’s acclaimed collaboration, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, will be part of the Brisbane Festival in Australia in September.
- BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night will be recorded at the Lyric on 25 July, featuring Joe Stilgoe accompanied by the BBC Big Band performing a fun-filled celebration of 40s and 50s music that has inspired his own work.
As the Lyric’s smash-hit Bugsy Malone, returns to the stage for a limited 12 week run, the theatre announces a new production to complete their autumn season – Mark Ravenhill’s Shopping and F***ing. The Lyric’s main house will be transformed for this production with part of the audience seated on the stage, creating a bold intimate experience within their Victorian auditorium.
This autumn the Lyric is also pleased to welcome back Frantic Assembly to the main stage with their new production Things I Know to be True by leading Australian playwright Andrew Bovell, which premiered to critical acclaim in Adelaide in May. An exciting international co-production with the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Things I know to be True is co-directed by Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman. Over the festive season Panto returns to the Lyric when Aladdin flies into Hammersmith on his magic carpet. Written by Joel Horwood, Aladdin will be full of colourful characters, live music, lots of laughs and of course the magical Genie.
The Lyric’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said: ‘It’s a privilege and a delight to stage the 20th anniversary production of Mark Ravenhill’s prophetic play. What is the internet now if it isn’t shopping and f***ing?’
Shopping and F***ing
By Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Sean Holmes
A Lyric Hammersmith Production
Friday 07 October – Saturday 05 November 2016
‘It’s summer. I’m in a supermarket. It’s hot and I’m sweaty. Damp. And I’m watching this couple shopping. I’m watching you. And you’re both smiling. You see me and you know sort of straight away that I’m going to have you.’
Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings Mark Ravenhill’s provocative first play, Shopping and F***ing back to the stage.
With a raw mixture of black humour and bleak philosophy, the play follows three disconnected young adults whose lives have been reduced to a series of transactions in an emotionally shrink wrapped world. A place where Shopping is sexy and F***ing is a job.
‘An omen of the new century’ (Evening Standard), Ravenhill’s play is a prophetic vision of our twenty-first century world. Widely regarded as one of the most influential pieces of contemporary British theatre this rarely staged play is a must see.
The Lyric’s main house will be transformed for this production with part of the audience seated on the stage, creating a bold intimate experience within their Victorian auditorium. All stalls and onstage stalls seats will be £25.
Mark Ravenhill said “I've enjoyed a long and fulfilling association with the Lyric - Faust Is Dead (1997), Handbag (1998), Pool (2005), Show 6 (2015) for the Lyric’s Secret Theatre - and so it’s very exciting that they are reviving my first play Shopping and F***ing, twenty years after it premiered. I’m looking forward to seeing what a new generation of theatre audiences make of the play.”
Casting to be announced.
Written by Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Sean Holmes
Designed by Jon Bausor and Tal Rosner
Costume Design by Grace Smart
Lighting Design by Anna Watson
Sean Holmes is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. He has most recently directed the Lyric’s critically acclaimed productions of Simon Stephens’s Herons and Olivier Award nominated Bugsy Malone andco-directed Filter’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. In 2010 he revived Sarah Kane’s Blasted at the Lyric and the production was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. His other theatre credits at the Lyric include A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Chamber Piece, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Ghost Stories, Three Sisters and Comedians. He recently directed The Plough & the Stars as part of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin’s centenary celebrations, which is currently touring the US.
Mark Ravenhill’s first play Shopping and F***ing was premiered by Out of Joint and the Royal Court in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company); Some Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint at the Ambassadors Theatre); Mother Clap’s Molly House and Citizenship (both National Theatre); Pool No Water (Frantic Assembly at the Lyric Hammersmith), The Cut (Donmar Warehouse); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Paines Plough) and Over There (Royal Court). From 2012 to 2014, Mark was playwright in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, producing a new version of Brecht’s Galileo and a new play Candide inspired by Voltaire (both Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon). Mark’s work in music theatre includes a new English version of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea with additional material by Michael Nyman (King’s Head); Ten Plagues, a song cycle for Marc Almond with composer Connor Mitchell (Traverse Theatre) and Elysium with composer Rolf Wallin for the Norwegian Opera. Mark is the co-creator of the ITV sitcom Vicious.
Also at the Lyric Hammersmith
Sunday 31 July from 11am, including the performance at 1.30pm
You can be part of the Lyric’s one-off Bugsy Malone Family Fun Day. Over 4 hours of fabulous fun for all the family, including the chance to drive Fat Sam’s car, learn the dance routines, glam up at Lena Marelli’s hair & make-up parlour and much, much more.
Come dressed up as your favourite character or raid Tallulah’s dressing up box for a fantastic photo opportunity on the day.
Tickets from £65 and include pre-show activities, entertainment and refreshments plus the smash-hit show. Family tickets available (limited availability).
Jump, Jive and Swing
A Friday Night is Music Night Special, for BBC Radio 2
Recorded live on Monday 25 July at 7:30pm, broadcast Friday 29 July on BBC Radio 2.
Joe Stilgoe sings up a musical chilli pepper with the rockin' rhythms of the Kings of Jump, Jive and Swing. The sassiest, swingingest show in town comes to the Lyric Hammersmith for an era-defining show - the style and swing of Stilgoe and the music that inspired him from the 40s and 50s, shining the light on his heroes who shared a name - Louis Prima, Louis Jordan and Louis Armstrong.
Hits include: Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby, Just A Gigolo, The King of the Swingers, Jeepers Creepers, and many, many more, with Joe’s modern classic originals (We Should Kiss, Totally) thrown in the pot for good measure. A fabulously feel good feast of music, featuring the astonishing BBC Big Band and special guests, all being recorded for BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night.
Beyond the Lyric Hammersmith
The Importance of Being Earnest
By Oscar Wilde
Directed by Sean Holmes
A Lyric Hammersmith Production at Latitude Festival
Saturday 16 July at 1:30pm
The Lyric Hammersmith presents an irreverent, iconoclastic and deeply disrespectful celebration of the genius of Oscar Wilde. Director Sean Holmes wrangles a cast of Lyric All Stars, led by The Great British Bake Off’s Mel Giedroyc and a dishevelled comedian, Ed Gaughan (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Herons, The Birthday Party), to take on Wilde’s masterpiece. Expect the worst in the best possible way.
Cast: Hammed Animshaun, Jonathan Broadbent, Ed Gaughan, Mel Giedroyc, Sally Messham and Katherine Pearce
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
By William Shakespeare
Created by Filter
Co-directed by Sean Holmes and Stef O’Driscoll
Brisbane Festival, Australia - Queensland Performing Arts Centre - Playhouse Theatre
Friday 9 September 2016 - Saturday 17 September 2016
The Lyric & Filter Theatre’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be part of the Brisbane Festival following its recent run at the Lyric Hammersmith. This gleefully mischievous take on Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy is knock-you-sideways funny with a heart of Shakespearean gold. In the 400th anniversary year of Shakespeare’s death, this comic gem is given a fresh cut.
This is a dazzlingly anarchic Dream for our times, raucous and irreverent and bursting with life.
Cast: Chris Branch, Keith De Barra, Clare Dunne, Ed Gaughan, Harry Jardine, John Lightbody, Fergus O’Donnell, Karl Queensborough, Ferdy Roberts, Cat Simmons, Francesca Zoutewelle.
Created by Filter
Co-directed by Sean Holmes and Stef O’Driscoll
Design by Hyemi Shin
Lighting by Oliver Fenwick
Sound Design & Original Music by Chris Branch & Tom Haines
CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUEPosted by Lyric, 17 June 2016
FRANTIC ASSEMBLY ANNOUNCES FULL CAST FOR UK PREMIERE OF THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE WHICH INCLUDES IMOGEN STUBBS AND NATALIE CASEY
Full casting has been announced for Andrew Bovell’s Things I Know To Be True, an exciting international co-production between Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia. Matthew Barker, Natalie Casey, Richard Mylan, Kirsty Oswald, Ewan Stewart and Imogen Stubbs will star in the play’s UK premiere at the Lyric Hammersmith from 10 September until 01 October 2016 before embarking upon a UK tour.
Matthew Barker plays Mark Price. Matthew’s previous work with Scott Graham includes the National Theatre productions Husbands & Sons and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Other theatre work includes Hamlet (National Theatre), Good People (Hampstead Theatre/West End) and Much Ado About Nothing (Derby LIVE). Television work includes The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (Carnival Films), Doctors (BBC), EastEnders (BBC), Jericho: The Killing of Johnny Swan (Granada) and No Angels (Channel 4).
Natalie Casey plays Pip Price. In the West End Natalie has previously appeared in Legally Blonde and Abigail’s Party. Other stage work includes The Invisible Man (Menier Chocolate Factory), Oklahoma! (Chichester Festival), 9 to 5 (Manchester Opera House) and Sex and the Three Day Week (Liverpool Playhouse). Her work for television includes a starring role as Donna in Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (BBC) and Hollyoaks (Mersey T elevision).
￼Richard Mylan plays Ben Price. Richard has previously worked with Frantic Assembly on The Believers (UK tour) and Peepshow (Lyric Hammersmith/Plymouth Theatre Royal). Other previous theatre roles include Baggage (Arts Theatre), How I Helped End Communism (The Lowry Studio), Crazy Gary’s Mobile Disco (Paines Plough) and Badfinger (Donmar Warehouse). Television credits include recurring roles in Waterloo Road, Doctors, Grownups and Coupling (all on BBC) and Where The Heart Is and The Bill (both on ITV). Film credits ￼include City Rats (Revolver Entertainment) and The Upside of Anger (Media 8 Entertainment).
￼Kirsty Oswald plays Rosie Price. Kirsty’s most recent work with Frantic Assembly was Othello in 2014/15, in which she played Desdemona (Lyric Hammersmith and UK Tour). Other theatre roles include The Father (West End), The Winter’s Tale (Sheffield Crucible), We Are Proud To Present... (Bush Theatre) and The Judas Kiss (Hampstead Theatre). Her work for television includes roles in The Coroner (BBC), Beowulf (ITV), Doctors (BBC),
Dancing on the Edge (Ruby Films) and Sadie J (BBC), and her film credits include Gutterdammerung and A Little Chaos. Kirsty’s radio credits include The Power and the Glory and The Forsytes both for the BBC.
Ewan Stewart plays Bob Price. Ewan has previously worked with Frantic Assembly on Beautiful Burnout (UK tour) and has also worked extensively with the National Theatre, appearing in The Pillowman, Sergeant Musgrave’s Dance, Major Barbara, The Murderer, Racing Demon, In The Blue, As I Lay Dying and A Month in the Country. He has also appeared in Royal Court productions Jumpy and Road, and National Theatre Scotland’s In Time of Strife, and Let The Right One In. Television credits include The Interceptor (BBC), P.O.W. (ITV) and Only Fools and Horses (BBC).
￼Imogen Stubbs plays Fran Price. Imogen has appeared in numerous shows in the West End, ￼the RSC, The National Theatre, and many regional theatres. Recent stage credits include Alecky Blythe's Little Revolution at the Almeida Theatre, Strangers on a Train at the Gielgud and Communicating Doors (Menier Chocolate Factory). For the Royal Shakespeare Company Imogen appeared in Othello, Two Noble Kinsmen, The Rover and Richard II. Additional stage credits include Gertrude in Hamlet at the Old Vic, Sarah Frankcom's production of Tennessee Williams's Orpheus Descending and Private Lives (both at Royal Exchange Theatre), Salt, Root and Roe (Donmar Warehouse/West End) and A Marvellous Year For Plums at the Chichester Festival Theatre. Film work includes Twelfth Night, True Colours, Deadline, A Summer Story and Sense and Sensibility.