London's Lyric Hammersmith to Revive Punk Rock, Plus New Production of Sarah Kane's Blasted

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London's Lyric Hammersmith will revive Simon Stephens' Punk Rock prior to a national tour; host the London premiere of Richard Bean's latest, The Big Fellah; and present a new production of Sarah Kane's Blasted as part of its fall/winter season.

Sarah Kane
Sarah Kane

It will also present its second annual traditional pantomime, Dick Whittington, for the Christmas season, while Jeremy Dyson, co-creator of Ghost Stories that originated under the auspices of the Lyric Hammersmith prior to its current run at the West End's Duke of York's Theatre, will return to adapt Roald Dahl's Twisted Tales, based on his dark short stories for adults, for the stage.

In addition, the Lyric's hit production of Metamorphosis, adapted and directed by David Farr and Gísli Örn Gardarsson and co-produced with Iceland's Vesturport, first seen at the Lyric in 2006 and subsequently revived there in 2008, will travel to New York to make its debut at BAM for a run Nov. 30-Dec. 4 as part of the 2010 Next Wave Festival.

Punk Rock, first seen last year, returns to open the fall season, beginning performances Sept. 6 prior to an official opening Sept. 8, for a run to Sept. 18, prior to a nine-week national tour, running Sept. 21-Nov. 20, and visiting Sheffield, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Eastbourne, Salisbury, Plymouth, Oxford, Leicester and Coventry. Written by Lyric artistic associate Simon Stephens and directed by Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester co-artistic director Sarah Frankcom, Punk Rock exposes the violence simmering beneath the surface of success within an English grammar school.

The Big Fellah, co-produced with Out of Joint, receives its London premiere at the Lyric, beginning performances Sept. 21 prior to an official opening Sept. 24, for a run through Oct. 16. Richard Bean's new play about Irish Americans and their influence on the Troubles in Northern Ireland is set in New York 1972, where five men come together with a common purpose; to live the American dream and to continue an almighty quest for freedom. The play spans three turbulent decades of the IRA’s brutal fight for independence. Directed by Max Stafford Clark, founder and artistic director of Out of Joint, the cast includes Rory Keenan, Youssef Kerkour, Finbar Lynch, David Ricardo-Pearce,Claire Rafferty, Fred Ridgeway and Stephanie Street.

Sarah Kane's 1995 play Blasted will receive its first London English-language revival in almost ten years when it begins performances Oct. 22, prior to an official opening Oct. 28, for a run through Nov. 20. Lyric artistic director Sean Holmes directs the play, set in a hotel room in Leeds, where a middle-aged tabloid journalist Ian, who openly flaunts his racist, homophobic and misogynistic views, brings a younger woman, Cate, to spend the night with him. As we are exposed to their progressively abusive relationship, their world shifts as a brutal civil war forces its way in. Steve Marmion, recently appointed artistic director of London's Soho Theatre, returns to the Lyric to direct his second consecutive pantomime there, presenting Dick Whittington that begins performances Nov. 27 prior to an official opening Dec. 3, for a run through Jan. 8, 2011. It is followed by Roaldh Dahl's Twisted Tales, beginning performances Jan. 14 prior to an official opening Jan. 24, for a run through Feb. 26. Based on Roald Dahl’s dark short stories for adults, these renowned tales are adapted for stage for the first time by The League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson, co-writer of the Lyric's Ghost Stories now running in the West End, and conceived and directed by Polly Findlay. It is co-produced with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse.

Finally, Vivienne Franzmann's debut play Mogadishu will begin performances March 3 prior to an official opening March 7, for a run through April 2. Matthew Dunster directs the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester's production of this play which was one of the four joint first prize winners in the most recent Bruntwood Playwrighting Competition held at the Royal Exchange, and it was recently announced as the winner of the 2010 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright. The play is set in an inner city London school, in which a teacher, Amanda, is accused of racial harassment by one of the pupils. The playwright is herself a drama teacher in a comprehensive school in London.

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