Shopping & F***ing

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.

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Age Restrictions: 
Suitable for 16+ 
Mark Ravenhill
Lyric Hammersmith
Sean Holmes
Anna Watson
Jon Bausor and Tal Rosner
Grace Smart
West End
Shopping & F***ing Schedule
Previews from: 
Friday, 7 October, 2016
Opening date: 
Wednesday, 12 October, 2016
Available from: 
Thursday, 3 November, 2016
Booking to: 
Saturday, 5 November, 2016
Saturday, 5 November, 2016

Lyric Hammersmith

King Street, Lyric Square, London, W6 0QL
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Latest Shopping & F***ing News & Features

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
First look at Shopping and F***ing at the Lyric Hammersmith

Mark Ravenhill's Shopping and Fucking opens at the Lyric Hammersmith this evening, 12 October 2016, where it continues to run to 5 November 2016. This new production is directed by Sean Holmes and features Alex Arnold (Robbie), Ashley McGuire (Brian), David Moorst (Gary), Sam Spruell (Mark) and Sophie Wu (Lulu).

Our Review

The selling begins before the play has even started. Cast members roam the dramatically reconfigured auditorium trying to sell badges and merchandise whilst flogging a special offer for a seat upgrade to one lucky couple to enjoy the action up close. Fluorescent sales tags hang off everything, from stage properties to pieces of costume, hammering home Ravenhill's idea that life is but one... Read more

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