A new adaptation of Kafka’s Metamorphosis will be followed by Mark Ravenhill's new play Pool(no water). And, for Christmas, the Lyric will present an adaptation of the Richard Adams children’s classic Watership Down.
The season will kick off with Kafka’s nightmarish vision, Metamorphosis (Sept. 28 - Oct. 28), which sees the author’s hero wake up one morning to find that he has transformed into an insect.
The production will be co-adapted and co-directed by Lyric Artistic Director David Farr and Gisli Orn Gardarsson, artistic director of Icelandic company Vesturport. Gardarsson recently appeared at the Lyric in the acclaimed Knee High adaptation of the Angela Carter novel Nights at the Circus. The production reunites the collaborators behind last year’s Woyzeck with original music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, and design by Borkur Jonsson.
Ravenhill’s Pool (no water), (Oct. 31 - Nov. 18) is a collaboration with theatre company Frantic Assembly. Production notes describe the work as "a visceral and shocking new play about the fragility of friendship and the jealousy and resentment inspired by success."
New work by Ravenhill - best known for Shopping and Fucking - was most recently seen at the Donmar with The Cut starring Ian McKellen, and at the National with a play called Citizenship, one of three works focusing on the lives of teenagers. Watership Down (Nov. 23 - Jan.13, 2007) - directed by Melly Still and adapted by Rona Munroe - marks the latest in a series of Lyric stage versions of novels, including Philip Pullman’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.
Farr said, "The autumn/winter season establishes the Lyric as London's centre for innovative theatrical story-telling, where the most exciting theatrical practitioners can make work which both appeals to a broad and diverse audience and pushes the possibilities of the form in new and unexpected directions. Artists like Gísli Orn Gardarsson, Melly Still, Mark Ravenhill and Frantic Assembly represent a new generation that will take British theatre in a thrilling new direction over the next decade.”