Lyric Hammersmith theatre in London has revealed its new line-up for Spring 2023.
Highlights include a new production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist ( 13 March – 8 April 2023) starring Daniel Rigby (Flowers, Black Mirror). The play by Dario Fo and Franca Rame gets a new adaptation by comedian, writer and actor Tom Basden (Plebs, After Life), and is directed by Daniel Raggett.
This will be the first major London revival of Fo and Rame’s riotous comedy in 20 years, and is a co-production with Sheffield Theatres in association with Playful Productions.
Coming to the Lyric in April will be a new adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan (15 April – 13 May 2023), adapted by Nina Segal and directed by Anthony Lau.
A co-production with English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres, the cast includes Nick Blakeley as Third God, Melody Brown as Mrs Mi Tzu/Old Woman, Aidan Cheng as Yang Sun, Jon Chew as Lin To/Shu Fu, Callum Coates as First God, Togo Igawa as Husband/Priest/Court Clerk, Suni La as Mrs Shin, Camille Mallet de Chauny as Jobless Man/Policeman/Cousin, Louise Mai Newberry as Mrs Yang/Wife, Tim Samuels as Second God, Ami Tredrea as Shen Te/Shui Ta, and Leo Wan as Wang.
The play’s creative team includes Designer Georgia Lowe, Lighting Designer Jessica Hung Han Yun, Composer DJ Walde, Sound Designer Alexandra Faye Braithwaite and Casting Director Jacob Sparrow CDG.
In June 2023, the Lyric hosts the UK premiere of hit US comedy School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play (8 June – 15 July 2023) by Jocelyn Bioh, directed by Monique Touko, and set in Ghana in the 1980’s.
In the Lyric’s studio there will be a new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae (20 – 22 July 2023) by Katherine Soper, directed by Kwame Owusu and performed by actors from the Lyric’s training programme Springboard.
Rachel O’Riordan, Artistic Director of Lyric Hammersmith Theatre said in a press statement: “We are so excited to be able to share our spring season with you. Our new season celebrates bold stories with a rebellious spirit. Next year, you can expect a ground-breaking UK premiere, heart-warming comedies and a provocative re-lensed adaptation of an 80 year old classic. This new season has something for everyone; it asks big questions but never loses sight of joy, hope, comic relief and escapism – theatre has the power to open your heart and your mind; join us in our beautiful West London home for laughter, entertainment and thrills.”