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  • September 2016

    • Jude Christian and Ola Ince appointed new ­­­­­Artistic Associates at the Lyric Hammersmith - - The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to announce... - View entry
    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SPRING 2017 SEASON INCLUDING THREE MAJOR NEW WORKS - - Celebrating 100 years since Roald... - View entry
    • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR Shopping and F***ing - - The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full... - View entry
    • Lyric Hammersmith Awarded 4 Star Creative Green Certification by Julie’s Bicycle - - Today the Lyric plays host to Julie’s... - View entry
  • July 2016

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream on tour - - We're thrilled to announce that the Lyric... - View entry
  • June 2016

    • CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE - - FRANTIC ASSEMBLY ANNOUNCES FULL CAST FOR UK... - View entry
    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH TO STAGE MARK RAVENHILL’S SHOPPING AND F***ING ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS PREMIERE - - 20 years since its premiere at the Royal... - View entry
  • May 2016

    • Full casting announced for Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith - - We are pleased to announce full casting for Sir... - View entry
  • April 2016

    • Summer BBQ season at Lyric Bar & Grill - - During the summer months Lyric Bar & Grill... - View entry
  • March 2016

    • Lyric Hammersmith’s Sherice Pitter announced as Creative and Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year - - Sherice Pitter has been named the Creative and... - View entry
    • Disabled Access Day at Lyric Hammersmith - - Celebrate Disabled Access Day at the Lyric... - View entry
    • Artist Call Out - Development Lab - - Are you a theatre maker/solo artist? Do... - View entry
    • CHILDREN AND FAMILY NEWS FROM THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - The Lyric Hammersmith wins the Get Creative... - View entry
  • February 2016

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream Casting Announced - - Full casting has been announced for the Lyric... - View entry
    • Free First Night Giveaway for A Midsummer Night's Dream - - Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February will see the... - View entry
    • Louise Zandstra appointed as Director of Finance and Resources - - The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to announce... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Toby Ealden Artistic Director of Zest - - We caught up with Toby Ealden ahead of Zest... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Luke Vernon from Gatecrash - - With less than a month to go until Gatecrash we... - View entry
  • January 2016

    • Free First Night Giveaway for Herons - - This Friday and Saturday (08 & 09 Jan)... - View entry
    • London Theatre Consortium - - The London Theatre Consortium (LTC), in... - View entry
  • November 2015

    • The Lyric Hammersmith’s 21 Days of Action - - The Lyric staff will be performing one green... - View entry
    • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR HERONS - - Friday 15 January – Saturday 13 February... - View entry
  • October 2015

    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SPRING 2016 SEASON - - Lyric Hammersmith announce spring season 2016... - View entry
    • New Opportunities for Young Artists - - We have two exciting opportunities for Young... - View entry
  • September 2015

    • Apply to join to Lyric Alumni - - Have you been through a programme at the Lyric... - View entry
    • Free First Night Giveaway for Tipping the Velvet - - The Free First Night performance of Tipping... - View entry
    • CHRISTMAS 2015 AT THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - This winter the Lyric Hammersmith will stage two... - View entry
  • August 2015

    • Casting Announced for Tipping the Velvet - - Sally Messham and Laura Rogers to lead the cast... - View entry
    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SIAN ALEXANDER AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - - Today it is officially announced that Sian... - View entry
    • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR TIPPING THE VELVET - - Kirsty Besterman, David Cardy, Amanda Hadingue,... - View entry
  • July 2015

    • JOIN THE YOUNG ENSEMBLE IN LYRIC HAMMERSMITH’S PANTOMIME CINDERELLA - - PAID TRAINING OPPORTUNITY We are looking... - View entry
  • June 2015

    • We are running WestRun London 10km - - On 04 October 2015 a group of Lyric Staff will... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...The Human Zoo Company - - We caught up with Human Zoo Theatre Company a... - View entry
    • 5 Minutes with...Monotone Man actor Nick Gilbert - - We caught up with Monotone Man actor Nick... - View entry
    • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JESSICA HEPBURN TO LEAVE THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - Today it is officially announced that Jessica... - View entry
  • May 2015

    • Bank Holiday Opening Times - - Please note that our opening hours this Bank... - View entry
    • Theatre in the Square Announced - - Tuesday 09 June - Wednesday 24 June 2015... - View entry
    • Bank Holiday Opening Hours - 25 May - - This Bank Holiday our Box Office opening hours... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Toby Ealden - Artistic Director Zest Theatre - - We caught up with Toby Ealden from Zest Theatre... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Boy from Boy Meet Girl - - We caught up with Martyn Bignell who plays Boy... - View entry
  • April 2015

    • SATURDAY 25 APRIL YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY - - Calling all 14 – 25 years olds in West... - View entry
    • Autumn/Winter Season announced - - World premiere of a new adaptation of... - View entry
  • February 2015

    • Free First Night Giveaway - - This Friday and Saturday (06 & 07 Feb) will... - View entry
    • Bugsy Malone's Valentines' Day Tips - - Say…do you know how to treat a lady? As... - View entry
    • Bugsy Malone Casting Announced - - The Lyric Hammersmith is excited to announce... - View entry
  • November 2014

    • Commission for Outdoor Performances - - BRIEF | OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE COMMISSIONS... - View entry
  • October 2014

    • Bugsy Malone Coming Soon - - In April 2015, Alan Parker’s world famous... - View entry
    • Now Hiring: Cafe and Bar Staff - - The Lyric is looking for additional staff to... - View entry
  • September 2014

    • All Change: an International Fun Palace - - This weekend we are thrilled to be partnering... - View entry
    • At Her Majesty's Pleasure - - Are you interested in a 3-course meal with a... - View entry
  • August 2014

    • Edinburgh Fringe Success - - This year the Lyric’s Secret Theatre... - View entry
  • May 2014

    • Bank Holiday closure - - The Lyric will be closed all day on Monday 05... - View entry
    • Major Milestone - - We've reached a thrilling landmark in our... - View entry
  • April 2014

    • Theatre in the Square returns - - The Lyric will once again present captivating... - View entry
    • Easter Weekend Closure - - The Lyric will be closed from Friday 18 April -... - View entry
    • Spend some time in The Clink - - Our latest fundraising event offers a very... - View entry
    • Winter shows announced - - There's cause to celebrate today as tickets... - View entry
  • March 2014

    • Secret Theatre receives Arts Council Exceptional Award - - We're thrilled to announce that Secret... - View entry
  • February 2014

    • Our Cafe is now open - - Come in and enjoy our simple and delicious menu... - View entry
  • January 2014

    • New cafe coming soon... - - As we begin 2014 you may notice some changes... - View entry
    • Secret Theatre is Back - - Secret Theatre was recently nominated for a... - View entry
  • December 2013

    • Christmas Opening Times - - The Lyric will be closed on Christmas Eve and... - View entry
  • October 2013

    • What everyone's talking about - - Since Secret Theatre opened one month ago it has... - View entry
    • Sneak a peek - - Although we are sworn to secrecy on the show... - View entry
    • Last chance - - Show 3  of Secret Theatre premieres on Oct... - View entry
    • Family Fun Day - - To celebrate our involvement in the Family Arts... - View entry
  • August 2013

    • One month to go - - Summer seems to be flying by at the Lyric with... - View entry
    • Space Junk - - Next week sees the start of not only Secret... - View entry
  • July 2013

    • The Crane Arrives! - - The next step in our Capital Development is the... - View entry
    • Summer at the Lyric - - So the first part of Mission Crane is complete... - View entry
  • June 2013

    • Green Team - - Here at the Lyric we are committed to being as... - View entry
    • Demolition has begun - - Above is a photograph showing the bits of the... - View entry
  • May 2013

    • The Reuben Foundation Wing - - If you're wondering how the build of our new... - View entry
  • April 2013

    • Boris at The Lyric - - The Lyric was thrilled to welcome Boris Johnson... - View entry
    • The Reuben Foundation Wing - - We were thrilled to announce last week that the... - View entry
    • Rick Mather, 1937 – 2013 - - Jessica Hepburn, Lyric Hammersmith Executive... - View entry
  • March 2013

    • Mobile Phone Show - - This week at the Lyric we have a new and... - View entry
    • Easter Gifts - - Spring has sprung – nearly. The flowers... - View entry
  • February 2013

    • Gala 2013 - - Last week we held an incredible event at the... - View entry
  • January 2013

    • New Year Donations - - Happy New Year from everyone at the Lyric. We... - View entry
  • December 2012

    • Artwork for the Next Generation - - Last week the Lyric officially broke ground on... - View entry
    • Our Official Project Photgrapher - - As our building project gets underway the... - View entry
    • Last Minute Christmas Gift - - Only seven sleeps to go and it will be... - View entry
  • November 2012

    • Give a Gift for Christmas - - With Cinderella just around the corner... - View entry
  • October 2012

    • Young People take Centre Stage - - The Lyric is unique in its dual commitment to... - View entry
    • Help us Build our Future - - We are really excited to be launching our... - View entry
    • Being Green - - Here at the Lyric, we are all about being green... - View entry
    • Donation Thanks - - We are delighted to have raised almost... - View entry

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Lyric Hammersmith Awarded 4 Star Creative Green Certification by Julie’s Bicycle

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 21 September 2016

Today the Lyric plays host to Julie’s Bicycle’s Fit for the Future Conference in partnership with Arts Council England and the Fit for the Future Network, a full day event exploring environmental sustainability in the context of capital redevelopment projects.

To coincide with this sold-out event, the Lyric Hammersmith has announced that it has achieved a 4 star Creative Green certification from arts & environment agency Julie’s Bicycle for 2015/16 – one of the first two theatres to do so, under their recently revised scheme. Within the assessment the Lyric achieved the maximum score for its commitment to sustainability and emissions reduction.

The Lyric has been tracking and reducing carbon emissions for 7 years and in 2011/12 became the first theatre to achieve the previous highest potential rating of 3 stars from Julie’s Bicycle, and also the first to maintain this rating for four consecutive years prior to the scheme’s revision.

In April 2015, the Lyric opened its new Reuben Foundation Wing which added a variety of new studio and workshop spaces, making the Lyric the largest creative hub in West London. The new building is 64% larger than the original with extensive new facilities, is home to 9 partner organisations and has allowed the Lyric to significantly expand its programme of work for young people.

Despite this substantial expansion, the Lyric achieved a 73% reduction in relative energy use and has still reduced absolute energy use by 5% between its baseline year in 2009/10 and 2015/16.

In addition to this new certification, the Lyric is on track for BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating for its capital project, which is rare for a part-new and part-existing building. The new building incorporates many energy saving and environmental features including a green sedum roof, natural ventilation, air-source heat pumps, LED lighting throughout, design which maximises the use of natural light, use of reclaimed materials where possible and low water use systems, all of which will contribute towards the BREEAM rating.

The Lyric’s Green highlights this year included:

  • Recycling 97% of all waste, achieving a Gold Award from our waste management provider First Mile
  • Staff campaigns to raise awareness both internally and via the Lyric’s social media channels, including: 21 days of action campaign in the run up to COP21 climate talks in Paris; Well-being season; Giving up Single-use Plastic for Lent; Green Travel
  • The adoption of Cyril the polar bear, our ‘Lyric Loves Green’ mascot
  • A well-established green team with members from across the organisation
  • Our paperless finance and administration department
  • Issuing reusable Lyric water bottles to all new staff and company members
  • Analysing our half-hour energy data to identify key efficiencies – we now switch off our neon sign during daylight hours
  • Partnering with our catering provider to improve the sustainability of events and catering by sourcing locally produced products and by using fully recyclable disposable cups
  • Programming two shows to raise the awareness of environmental themes: Leaper: A Fish Tale and The Little Gardener, as part of our children’s season and our outdoor theatre season
  •  Playing an active role in our local business improvement district, supporting and encouraging environmental improvements in Hammersmith

Sian Alexander, Executive Director for the Lyric Hammersmith said“For us sustainability is at the heart of what we do, and is enshrined in our mission and business plan. We see it as part of our role as a major cultural icon in West London to act responsibly to drive down our carbon emissions and to model a positive way forward to a low carbon future, inspiring the community around us. As a charity, it is also important for us to save money through energy efficiency so we can channel more of our resources into our programmes on stage and in developing the creativity of young people”

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR Shopping and F***ing

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 13 September 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Shopping and F***ing. Alex Arnoldwill be playing Robbie, Ashley McGuire will be playing Brian,David Moorstwill be playing Gary, Sam Spruell will be playing Mark, Sophie Wuwill be playing Lulu.

Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmesbrings 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. Tickets from £15 with all stalls and onstage seating only £25 for all performances.

Alex Arnold plays Robbie

Theatre credits include: Crushed Shells & Mud (Southwark Playhouse); Luna Gale and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre). Film and television credits include: My Cousin Rachel, David BrentLife on the Road, The Salvation, Death in Paradise, Capital, Poldark, Foyle’s War, Silk, What Remains, In the Flesh, Vera, A Mother’s Son and Skins.

Ashley McGuire plays Brian

Theatre credits include: Our Country’s Good, The Suicide, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Home, An Oak Tree (National Theatre); Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse); Re-charged – Fatal Light (Soho Theatre) and I’ll Always Think of You That Way (Pleasance). Film and television credits include: David Brent – Life on the Road, Bridget Jones’ Baby, Hector, Gold, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Coronation Street, Law and Order UK, Decline and Fall, Man Down, In the Club, The IT Crowd, The Job Lot, Derek and Trollied.

David Moorst plays Gary

Theatre credits include: First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into The Woods (Royal Exchange Manchester);Violence & Son – winner Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015, Emerging Talent Award; Critics' Circle Awards 2016, Most Promising Newcomer (Royal Court) and Wonderland (Hampstead). Television credits includes: Grantchester, Partners in Crime and Holby.

Sam Spruell plays Mark

Theatre credits include: Clybourne Park (Royal Court); The Caretaker (The Old Vic), Pornography (Traverse/Tricycle), Othello (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Alchemist and Life of Galileo (National Theatre). Film and television credits include: Snow White and the Huntsman, Starred Up, London to Brighton, Taken 3, Good People, The Counselor, Legend, The Voices, Child 44, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, The Hurt Locker, Defiance, K19 The Widowmaker, Venus, The Lady in the Van, The Bastard Executioner, Luther, The Last Ship, Mayday, The Runaway, City of Vice, Cardinal Burns and Catastrophe.

Sophie Wu plays Lulu

For the Lyric: Punk Rock. Other theatre credits include: Table (National Theatre) and The Wood Orchid (Bush Theatre). Film and television credits include: Fresh Meat, Babylon, Horrible Histories, The Fades, Kick Ass, Kick Ass 2, Wild Child and Tormented. As writer: Minging Lizzie (Commission for E4) Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like's She's Dead (Soho Theatre,) Cuckoo and Ramona tells Jim (Bush Theatre) and Loaded.

Full cast includes Alex Arnold, Ashley McGuire, David Moorst, Sam Spruell and Sophie Wu

Mark Ravenhill - Writer

From 2012 to 2014, Mark was playwright in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, producing a new version of Brecht’s Galileo (Swan Theatre) and a new play Candide (Swan Theatre) inspired by Voltaire. Theatre credits include: Shopping and F***ing (Out of Joint/Royal Court);  Faust Is Dead, Handbag (UK Tour); Some Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint/Ambassadors Theatre); Mother Clap’s Molly House, Citizenship (National Theatre); Pool No Water (Frantic Assembly/Lyric Hammersmith); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Paines Plough) and Over There (Royal Court). Mark’s work in music theatre includes a new English version of Monteverdi’s The Coronation of Poppea (King’s Head) with additional material by Michael Nyman, Ten Plagues (Traverse), a song cycle for Marc Almond with composer Connor Mitchell and Elysium with composer Rolf Wallin for the Norwegian Opera.  Mark is the co-creator of the ITV sitcom Vicious.

Book now for Shopping and F***ing. Playing from 07 Oct - 05 Nov.

LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SPRING 2017 SEASON INCLUDING THREE MAJOR NEW WORKS

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 8 September 2016
  • Celebrating 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth, a musical version of Fantastic Mr Fox, makes its way to the Lyric, after premiering at Nuffield Southampton Theatres
  • Matthew Whittet’s poignantly funny play Seventeen makes its European premiere in the Lyric’s new UK production after premiering at Belvoir, Sydney in 2015
  • Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, Lyric Hammersmith and HOME stage the world premiere of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, directed by Leo Warner and adapted by Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan.

The Lyric Hammersmith are delighted to announce their Spring 2017 season, a diverse and eclectic programme of major new works featuring national and international collaborations.  

Following the Lyric Hammersmith’s much-loved annual pantomime, Aladdin, which closes the winter season, Fantastic Mr Fox, a co-production with Nuffield and Curve in assocation with Lyric Hammersmith, will launch itself on to the Lyric stage early in the new year. This fresh musical adaption of the classic story, full of family fun, coincides with the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

In March the Lyric will create a new UK production of Matthew Whittet’s acclaimed play, Seventeen, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks. A funny, wise, immature and bittersweet celebration of teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, played by a cast of septuagenarians.  

After Easter, the Lyric co-produces the dazzlingly original stage version of Paul Auster’s City of Glass, adapted by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan. This production is the first-ever stage adaptation of one of Auster's novels in the UK, which will embark on an international tour after its run at the Lyric. 

The Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said:

‘True to our unique vein of bold and eclectic programming that crosses from large scale family theatre to hard hitting contemporary drama, I’m delighted to announce three ambitious new productions for Spring 17.

Each individual show pushes at the boundaries of theatre in different ways bringing together world class creative teams in national and international collaborations. Together these shows will entertain, provoke and challenge our audiences in classic Lyric style.’

Jude Christian and Ola Ince appointed new ­­­­­Artistic Associates at the Lyric Hammersmith

Posted by Lyric Hammersmith, 5 September 2016

The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to announce that Jude Christian and Ola Incehave been appointed Artistic Associates at the theatre from September 2016.

Jude and Ola will be joining Paule Constable, Joel Horwood, Ferdy Roberts and Simon Stephens, the existing Artistic Associates at the Lyric Hammersmith. The group was formed by Artistic Director Sean Holmes when he joined the Lyric in 2009.

Sean Holmes, Artistic Director at the Lyric Hammersmith said ‘The associates are a vital part of the artistic life of the Lyric, provoking us, challenging us and supporting us as we develop our artistic policy and programme.

I’m delighted that Ola and Jude, two of the best theatre artists of their generation, are now joining our Artistic Associates bringing their unique insight and creativity to this essential group at the heart of the Lyric.’

Jude will be working as Associate Director on the Lyric’s upcoming productions of Shopping and Fucking (previews from 07 October) and Aladdin (previews from 19 November). Her recent directing credits include; Split/Mixed (Maliza Productions), Lela & Co. (Royal Court), Bwyta Eliffant, Sut Mae Gwneud Hynny Dwedwch?/How Do You Eat An Elephant? (National Youth Theatre of Wales), I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep Than Some Other Arsehole (Gate Theatre London, Boom Arts Portland) and Calculated To Death (Tête-à-Tête Opera Festival).

Before joining the Lyric’s Artistic Associates, Ola worked with the Lyric for a year as Associate Resident Director supported by the BBC Performing Arts Fund. During this time, she worked on various Lyric productions including Bugsy Malone and Tipping the Velvet. Directing credits include; Broad Shadow (National Theatre), Dutchman (Young Vic Theatre), Rachel (Finborough Theatre) and The Soft of Her Palm (Finborough Theatre). Assistant Director credits include: Shakespeare Trilogy (Donmar Warehouse), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (National Theatre), Dara (National Theatre), Porgy & Bess (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), A Taste of Honey (National Theatre) and Josephine & I (Bush Theatre).

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