The Lyric Hammersmith Announces its 2016 Spring Programme

The Lyric Hammersmith has announced its 2016 Spring season, including the first professional production of Simon Stephens Herons since it premiered in 2001, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the Royal Opera House will present two contemporary operas in association with the Lyric Hammersmith.

Herons: 15th January- 13th February 2016: this play by Simon Stephens originally premiered in 2001 and now returns to the London stage. Directed by Sean Holmes, Herons is the disturbing story of 14 year old Billy whose life is being made a misery by a gang. Their campaign of terror forces him into a violent and terrible act. Casting has yet to be announced.

Herons by Simon Stephens

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: 20th February-19th March 2016: the Lyric and Filter Theatre’s re-imagination of one of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays returns to the theatre next year, following its successful 2012 run. The production will feature music from members of the London Snorkelling Team, in a unique twist on the classic story.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Pleasure: 11th-14th May 2016: Val works in the toilets of a gay club in the north of England. For years she has been a shoulder to cry on and a confidante – loved but an enigma. Why is she still there? why does she never leave? When a young, attractive and unpredictable man arrives from the city and leaves a present for her it marks the start of a passionate and violent night.

The cast will include:  Lesley Garrett, Timothy Nelson, Steven Page and Nicholas Pritchard.


4.48 Psychosis: 23rd-28th May: this is a new opera by British composer Philip Venables and is an adaptation of the 20th century play by British playwright Sarah Kane. Kan felt that 4.48 in the morning is when the mind reveals its darkest thoughts. It is the first time that any of the playwrights work has been adapted.

Cast includes: Gweneth-Ann Jeffers, Clare Presland, Lucy Schaufer, Jennifer Davies, Emily Edmonds.

Philip Venables, 4.48 Psychosis composer
Philip Venables, 4.48 Psychosis composer.

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