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Lyric Hammersmith announces 2018 season and it includes Toyah Willcox in Jubilee

Lyric Hammersmith

Season preview

THE Lyric Hammersmith has announced its 2018 season and it includes:

The London transfer of a new stage adaptation of Derek Jarman’s seminal film Jubilee, starring Toyah Willcox.

A dynamic re-imagining of Sean O’Casey’s revolutionary masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars, directed by Sean Holmes.

The return of 4.48 Psychosis, the Royal Opera’s production of Sarah Kane’s last play, winner of the Achievement in Opera award in the 2016 UK Theatre Awards.

Fatherland, a bold new production focusing on contemporary fatherhood with music by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert, co-commissioned by Lyric Hammersmith, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange and LIFT.

o t h e l l o m a c b e t h, a new condensed staging of these two iconic plays, performed together as one production by one exciting company, in a co-production with HOME.

And internationally renowned choreographer Hofesh Shechter brings his Shechter II company to the Lyric Hammersmith for six performances only.

The Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said:

“It’s a real pleasure to announce such a vibrant and provocative season. Punk rebellion, Irish revolt, ground-breaking opera, electrifying dance, Shakespeare doubled and Frantic Assembly at their best make for a rich and compelling Lyric season: one that promotes emerging talent and celebrates the artistic benefits of collaboration in all its forms.”

The season opens with Jubilee, a timely 40th anniversary co-production with the Royal Exchange and Chris Goode & Company. Adapted for the stage by Chris Goode from the original screenplay by Derek Jarman and James Whaley, and directed by Chris Goode, it runs from February 20 (previews from February 15) to March 10.

Faith in the establishment collapsing everywhere. The far-right on the march. Culture wars and random violence – all decked out in red, white and blue. But a spirit of anarchy hangs in the air, the desire to burn it all down and start over…


Derek Jarman’s iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex – with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of Jubilee remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017.

Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, it’s a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.

Featuring a soundtrack to die (horribly) for, and with a cast led by one of the film’s original cast members, legendary punk warrior Toyah Willcox, Jubilee is described as a free-spirited, gloriously rude, take-no-prisoners blast of a show, for young punks, old punks, and anyone who’s ever wanted to set the world on fire.

As well as Toyah Willcox, the cast icludes Travis Alabanza, Harold Finley, Craig Hamilton, Gareth Kieran-Jones, Tom Ross-Williams, Sophie Stone and Temi Wilkey.

Jubilee is designed by Chloe Lamford and has lighting design by Lee Curran, sound and music by Timothy X Atack and movement direction by Sasha Milavic Davies.

The Lyric’s main house auditorium will be reconfigured to recreate in part the Royal Exchange’s theatre in-the-round.

Jubilee is suitable for ages 16+.

In 2018 the Lyric will continue its commitment to opening theatre to new audiences through its Free First Night Scheme, through which the theatre gives at least 2,500 free tickets each year to people who live or work locally to attend the first performance of each production.

Simon Stephens’ new version of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, starring Lesley Sharp, continues at the Lyric Hammersmith until November 4. It will be followed – from November 18, 2017 to January 6, 2018 – by the Lyric’s Christmas panto Jack and the Beanstalk.