Mark Ravenhill’s provocative first play Shopping and Fucking is to complete the 2016 autumn season at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Twenty years since its explosive premiere at the Royal Court, Sean Holmes is to direct a new production of the rarely performed play.

With a raw mixture of black humour and bleak philosophy, the play follows three disconnected young adults whose lives have been reduced to a series of transactions in an emotionally shrink wrapped world. A place where Shopping is sexy and Fucking is a job.

Mark Ravenhill said “I’ve enjoyed a long and fulfilling association with the Lyric – Faust Is Dead (1997), Handbag (1998), Pool (2005), Show 6 (2015) for the Lyric’s Secret Theatre – and so it’s very exciting that they are reviving my first play Shopping and Fucking, twenty years after it premiered. I’m looking forward to seeing what a new generation of theatre audiences make of the play.”

Casting to be announced.

Shopping and Fucking runs from 7 October 2016 until 5 November 2016 at the Lyric Hammersmith.