Lyric Hammersmith 2015 Season Announced

The Lyric Hammersmith in west London have announced further details of its 2015 season, including a new play adaptation, pantomime and seasonal children's show in their studio venue.

The first production in the new season is the world premiere of a new adaptation of Sarah Waters novel Tipping the Velvet adapted by Laura Wade and directed by Lyndsey Turner which runs from 18 September to 24 October 2015, with an official opening on 28 September 2015.

"It’s 1887 and Nancy Astley sits in the audience at her local music hall: she doesn’t know it yet, but the next act on the bill will change her life. Tonight is the night she’ll fall in love… with the thrill of the stage and with Kitty Butler, a girl who wears trousers. Giddy with desire and hungry for experience, Nancy follows Kitty to London where unimaginable adventures await."

The production will feature designs by Lizzie Clachan, choreography by Alistair David, lighting by Jon Clark, music by Michael Bruce and sound by Nick Manning.

Author Sarah Waters said of the news: "I am absolutely thrilled that Tipping the Velvet is to be brought to life on the stage of the Lyric Hammersmith. I can think of no better setting for the play than the lush Lyric interior, and no more exciting creative talents than those of writer Laura Wade and director Lyndsey Turner."

This will be followed in the main house by the Lyric's annual pantomime, this year a new production of Cinderella by Tom Wells which runs from 21 November 2015 to 03 January 2016, with an official opening on 28 November 2015.

The Studio Theatre will welcome back Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas, adapted by Pins and Needles from 20 November to 24 December 2015.

"Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas follows Santa as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. This timeless festive story bursts into life with live music, playful puppets and a masterfully magical set."

Tickets for all productions are now on sale.

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