London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced details of its 2019–2020 season, the first under new artistic director Rachel O’Riordan.
The season opens with a new adaptation of Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, which playwright Tanika Gupta has reset in 1879 Calcutta to examine the story of Niru, a young Bengali woman in a mixed-race marriage with an English colonial bureaucrat. Anjana Vasan will star. Performances run September 6–October 5 under O’Riordan’s direction.
Playwright David Grieg’s adaptation of Stanislaw Lem’s sci-fi novel Solaris follows October 10–November 2. A co-production with Malthouse Theatre Melbourne and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Matthew Luttonwill direct the production that features designs by Hyemi Shin. Performances run October 10–November 2.
The holiday panto production will be Cinderella, written by Jude Christian, followed by Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love, running March 5–April 4, 2020. O’Riordan will direct the play that charts one couple’s journey over 40 years, from the era of free love to the beginning of the 21st century.
Roy Alexander Weise will direct a large-scale production of Seamus Heaney’s The Burial at Thebes, translated from Sophocles’ Antigone by Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney, running April 18–June 27.
The season concludes in fall 2020 with a revival of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane, about the taut relationship between a woman and her manipulative, aging mother.
The Lyric Hammersmith has also announced Tinuke Craig, Nina Steiger, and Phillip McMahon to join Simon Stephens and Stuart Burt as Artistic Associates.