Shopping & Fucking at the Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Lyric Square, London, W6 0QL

Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings Mark Ravenhill’s provocative first play, Shopping and Fucking back to the stage.

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.

‘An omen of the new century’ (Evening Standard), Ravenhill’s play is a prophetic vision of our twenty-first century world. Widely regarded as one of the most influential pieces of contemporary British theatre this rarely staged play is a must see.

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

STORY

It’s summer. I’m in a supermarket. It’s hot and I’m sweaty. Damp. And I’m watching this couple shopping. I’m watching you. And you’re both smiling. You see me and you know sort of straight away that I’m going to have you.’

CAST

Alex Arnold (Crushed Shells & Mud) will star as Robbie, Ashley McGuire (Our Country’s Good) will play Brian, David Moorst (First Light) will play Gary, Sam Spruell (Clybourne Park) will play Mark and Sophie Wu (Punk Rock) will play Lulu.

CREATIVE

Written by Mark Ravenhill.

Directed by Sean Holmes with design by Jon Bausor and Tal Rosner, costume by Grace Smart, lighting by Anna Watson and sound by Nick Manning