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‘The Good Person of Szechwan’ to open at Lyric Hammersmith

The production marks 80 years since Brecht’s piece was first staged.

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

The Lyric Hammersmith, English Touring Theatres and Sheffield Theatres will co-produce The Good Person of Szechwan in 2023. Nina Segal adapts Bertolt Brecht’s 20th-century play for the present day. The Good Person of Szechwan begins previews at Lyric Hammersmith on 15 April, with an opening night on 20 Apr. 2023, and performances to 13 May.

The Good Person of Szechwan follows three gods who search for a honest person. They discover Shen Te and reward her appropriately, but financial gain doesn’t always mean eternal happiness.

Nina Segal adapts Brecht’s play, with direction by Anthony Lau, design by Georgia Lowe, and lighting design by Jessica Hung Han Yun. Casting and a further creative team will be revealed at a later date.

“Nina Segal is a writer with huge heart, and I am so excited for what she and director Anthony Lau reimagine for this extraordinary story of human resilience and the power of compassion… Brecht’s passionate, humane and moving portrait of a community will be something we can all relate to” said Lyric Hammersmith artistic director Rachel O’Riordan.

Upcoming shows at the Lyric Hammersmith include Closer, Heather and Jack and the Beanstalk.

The Good Person of Szechwan is at Lyric Hammersmith.

Photo credit: The Good Person of Szechwan artwork (Artwork courtesy of production)

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