New Fantastic Mr Fox musical heads Lyric Hammersmith Season
Lyric Hammersmith's new season announced.
The Lyric Hammersmith in west London have announced details of their upcoming season, which includes a new musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox, the European premiere of Matthew Whittet’s play Seventeen and Paul Auster’s City of Glass directed by Leo Warner and adapted by Duncan Macmillan.
Fantastic Mr Fox is a co-production with Nuffield and Curve and runs at the Lyric from 25 January to 19 February 2017. Adapted for the stage by Sam Holcroft and directed by Maria Aberg, this fresh musical adaption of the classic story coincides with the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth.
"Mr Fox is smart, clever and rather fantastic, but he doesn’t realise how determined the farmers are to get revenge. Can he hatch a plan to save his family and friends? Can they outrun the diggers and outsmart the farmers? And can Rabbit shut up long enough not to give the game away?"
The musical will feature songs by Arthur Darvill, whose acting credits include 'Doctor Who' and 'Broadchurch'. He was last seen in the West End in the London production of Once the Musical. It will feature lyrics by Darren Clark, Arthur Darvill, Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel, design by Tom Scutt, lighting by Lee Curran and sound by Claire Windsor.
Seventeen by Matthew Whittet will run from 4 March – Saturday 8 April 2017, with an official opening on 14 March 2017. Produced in association with Belvoir, Sydney, it will be directed by directed by Anne - Louise Sarks
"Seventeen is set in that time after the end of the last day of school, but just before everyone moves on. It’s about the cusp of adulthood, the cusp of complete change. Sue is Mike’s girlfriend. Tom is Mike’s best friend, but he’s secretly in love with Sue. Edwina is Sue’s goody-two-shoes best friend and she’s about to get drunk for the first time. Lizzy is Mike’s annoying younger sister. And Ronny, well no-one invited Ronny and no one’s quite sure why he’s there. As dawn approaches, through a fog of cheap beer, dreams are shared, in securities aired and secrets spilled."
The season concludes with the previously announced stage adaptation of Paul Auster’s City of Glass which runs from 20 April to 13 May 2017.