News: Lyric Hammersmith announces Autumn/Winter 2023-24 season

The season opens with Yasmina Reza’s Olivier Award-winning comedy-drama God of Carnage, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by the Lyric’s Associate Director Nicholai La Barrie.

This will be followed by the London transfer of Tanika Gupta’s The Empress directed by Pooja Ghai, following the success of Gupta’s A Doll’s House directed by Rachel O’Riordan in 2019. The epic drama that unveils the long and embedded culture of British Asian history was recently added to the GCSE drama syllabus.

Following the success of Aladdin in 2021, award-winning writer, composer, and comedian Vikki Stone returns to with Cinderella. A new partnership with Frantic Assembly launches with an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis by Lemn Sissay (OBE), directed by Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly, Scott Graham, running in January 2024.

Completing the season is a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, voted as one of the 100 most significant plays of the 20th century, and named one of the Independent’s 40 best plays of all time, will be directed by Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan in spring.

Furthering the Lyric’s commitment to accessibility, this season sees an increased access offer with the new addition of Chilled Environment and BSL interpreted performances to all Main House shows alongside the pre-existing Audio Described and Open Captioned performances.

The Lyric believes that everyone should have the opportunity to access theatre. Through the Free First Night scheme across all Main House shows, over 2,500 free tickets will be given to the Hammersmith & Fulham community. The Free First Night scheme, supported by the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, offers two free tickets to the first night of all Main House productions and four free tickets for Lyric pantos to people who live or work in Hammersmith & Fulham. Plus anyone aged under 25 living in the Borough can become a Young Lyric member to access £5 tickets to all Main House shows. £10 tickets also continue to be available for Main House shows, and special ticket offers for schools.

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