About Iphigenia in Splott

Lyric Hammersmith, London
Booking to 26 October 2022
No longer booking

Sophie Melville stars in Gary Owen’s Iphigenia in Splott

Gary Owen’s powerful monodrama opens at the Lyric Hammersmith this October, following critically acclaimed seasons at the National Theatre in London and the Sherman Theatre in Wales.

Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan directs Sophie Melville, who reprises her role as ‘Effie’ after winning The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actress.

Inspired by the ancient Greek tale of Iphigenia, a young woman sacrificed to the Gods to further the ambitions of men, Gary Owens arresting play is transported to the deprived small Welsh town of Splott.

Iphigenia in Splott is booking from 1- 26 October 2022 at Lyric Hammersmith theatre London.

What is Iphigenia in Splott about?

Stumbling down the street drunk at 11.30am Effie is the kind of girl you avoid making eye contact with. You think you know her, but maybe you don’t know half of it.

Effie’s life is a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – till one night gives her the chance to be something more.

Who is in the cast of Iphigenia in Splott?

Sophie Melville stars as Effie.

Creative team

Written by Gary Owen with direction by Rachel O’Riordan, set & costume design by Hayley Grindle, lighting design by Rachel Mortimer, sound design by Same Jones and associate designer Toots Butcher.

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 26 October 2022
Age restrictions
This production is recommended for ages 15+.
Running time
1 hour 15 minutes (no interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


★★★★★ "A shattering modern classic " - The Guardian
★★★★★ "Owen’s writing is so ferociously absorbing, and Melville’s performance so electric, that you can barely breathe as you watch" - The Stage
★★★★ "Sophie Melville is extraordinary" - Evening Standard
★★★★ "It hit the stage with the force of a comet" - The Telegraph

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Important Notes

Content: This production contains strong language and themes of an adult nature.

There will be an Audio Described performance on Friday 14 October at 19:30; a BSL Interpreted performance on Tuesday 18 October at 19:30; and an Open Captioned performance on Friday 21 October at 19:30.

Venue Information

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, London, W6 0QL
Nearest Tube or Train: Hammersmith (District, Piccadilly, Circle, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Buses: 27, 110, 190, 218, 267, 306, H91, N9, N11, N266

News about Iphigenia in Splott

Sherman Theatre announces 50th birthday season including Romeo and Julie starring Callum Scott Howells
Sherman Theatre announces 50th birthday season including Romeo and Julie starring Callum Scott Howells
Sherman Theatre has announced the first productions for its 50th anniversary season, featuring a diverse range of emerging and established voices in Welsh theatre. Highlights include playwright Gary Owen and director Rachel O’Riordan, returning to Sherman Theatre with new play Romeo and Julie, from 13 to 29 April 2023. Sherman Associate Artist Gary Owen and former Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan are currently enjoying great acclaim for their production of Iphigenia in Splott at the Lyric Hammersmith, which was first performed at Sherman Theatre in 2015. Romeo and Julie is billed as a modern love story inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set against the inequality of opportunity faced by many of today’s young people, and is set in Cardiff’s Tremorfa and Splott communities. The cast will include Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin), who is currently starring in Cabaret in the West End, as Romeo, and Rosie Sheehy (Bird - Sherman Theatre, All’s Well That Ends Well  - RSC) as Julie. Other cast include Catrin Aaron (The Lovely Bones - Birmingham Rep, Missing Julie - Theatr Clwyd), Paul Brennen (A Discovery of Witches - Sky, Happy Valley - BBC) and  Anita Reynolds (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - Sherman Theatre, A Monster Calls - The Old Vic / Bristol Old Vic).  Romeo and Julie will open at the National Theatre prior to its performances at Sherman Theatre. Other shows include Nia Morais’ Welsh language magical story for young adults and upwards called Imrie, from 12 to 20 May 2023; and  a Sherman Youth Theatre Festival with a performance inspired by Gary Owen’s Ghost City rooted in modern day Wales.  Other shows and events will be announced soon. Joe Murphy, Sherman Theatre’s Artistic Director said: “For 50 years Sherman Theatre has served the audiences, artists and communities of Cardiff and South Wales with work that we feel the whole nation can be proud of. This year is for our audiences, our artists and our communities. It’s a year-long celebration for the people we exist to serve. We’ll look back, we’ll look mostly forward, but we will always work to entertain with exceptional drama, local stories and innovative work.”

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