School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith, London
Booking to 22 July 2023
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★★★★★ “The funniest thing on stage this summer” – The Independent

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School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play is the acclaimed new play that bursts with hilarity and joy!

Written by Jocelyn Bioh, one of America’s most exciting writers, and directed by The Stage Debut Award-winner Monique Touko, this award-winning comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls around the world.

The talented cast includes Alison A Addo (The Lion King), Heather Agyepong (The Power), Bola Akeju (Ted Lasso), Deborah Alli (Undercover), Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (Bad Education), Jadesola Odunjo (You), Anna Shaffer (The Witcher) and Tara Tijani (Death in Paradise).

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play is running at the Lyric Hammersmith to 22 July 2023.

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What's the story of School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play?

Ghana’s prestigious Aburi Girls Boarding School.

Queen Bee Paulina and her crew excitedly await the arrival of the Miss Ghana pageant recruiter. It’s clear that Paulina is in top position to take the title until her place is threatened by Ericka – a beautiful and talented new transfer student. As the friendship group’s status quo is upended, who will be chosen for Miss Ghana and at what cost?

Who is in the cast of School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play?

Alison A Addo plays Headmistress Francis, Heather Agyepong plays Ama, Bola Akeju plays Mercy, Deborah Alli plays Eloise, Francesca Amewudah-Rivers plays Gifty, Jadesola Odunjo plays Nana, Anna Shaffer plays Erika, and Tara Tijani plays Paulina.

Who are the creative team of School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play?

School Girls; or, The African Mean Girls Play is written by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Monique Touko.

Set Design is by Paul Wills, with Costume Design: Kinnetia Isidore, Wigs, Hair and Make-up Design by Cynthia De La Rosa, Lighting Design by Matt Haskins, Sound Design by
Tony Gayle, Movement by Aline David, and Casting by Julia Horan CDG.


Reviews of School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play

★★★★★ "The funniest thing on stage this summer" - The Independent
★★★★ "Clever comedy leaves a stinging afterburn" - The Guardian
★★★★ "Bioh’s dialogue fizzes with both laugh-out-loud quips and savage insults" - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "Brimming with hilarity" - The Stage
★★★★ "Sharp and affecting" - TimeOut

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 22 July 2023
Age restrictions
12+
Running time
80 minutes
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday

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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
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News about School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play

School Girls Or The African Mean Girls Play Reviews ★★★★
Reviews are coming in for the UK premiere of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at the Lyric Hammersmith in London. This critically acclaimed comedy by Jocelyn Bioh is directed by The Stage Debut Award Best Director winner Monique Touko. School Girls... stars Alison A Addo (The Lion King), Heather Agyepong (The Power), Bola Akeju (Ted Lasso), Deborah Alli (Undercover), Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (Bad Education), Jadesola Odunjo (You), Anna Shaffer (The Witcher) and Tara Tijani (Death in Paradise). [ngg src="galleries" ids="1210" display="basic_slideshow"] Set in 1986, at Ghana’s prestigious Aburi Girls Boarding School, Queen Bee Paulina and her crew excitedly await the arrival of the Miss Ghana pageant recruiter. It’s clear that Paulina is in top position to take the title until her place is threatened by Ericka – a beautiful and talented new transfer student. As the friendship group’s status quo is upended, who will be chosen for Miss Ghana and at what cost? In the wider creative team are: Set Design by Paul Wills, Costume Design by Kinnetia Isidore, Wigs, Hair and Make-up Design by Cynthia De La Rosa, Lighting Design by Matt Haskins, Sound Design by Tony Gayle, Movement by Aline David, and Casting by Julia Horan CDG. School Girls or The African Mean Girls Play is playing at the Lyric Hammersmith to 15 July 2023. Read reviews from the Evening Standard, TimeOut, The Stage and more, with further reviews to be added. Book tickets to School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at the Lyric Hammersmith in London
Casting announced for School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at the Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has revealed casting for its forthcoming revival of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play. The UK première of this critically acclaimed comedy by Jocelyn Bioh is directed by The Stage Debut Award Best Director winner Monique Touko. The cast will include Heather Agyepong (The Power - Amazon Prime), Bola Akeju (Ted Lasso - Apple TV), Deborah Alli (Undercover – BBC), Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (Bad Education – BBC), Jadesola Odunjo (You – Netflix) and Tara Tijani (Death in Paradise - BBC), with additional casting to be announced. The comedy starts its run at the Lyric Hammersmith on 8 June, playing to 15 July 2023. Writer Jocelyn Bioh said in a press statement: “School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is a love letter to young Black girls. I wanted to highlight all that is beautiful and special about us and our place in this world. This play celebrates our humor, joy, heartbreaks, and the deep journey I went on to owning my beauty. I never imagined that I would have an opportunity to share this play with an audience outside of New York City, so I am beyond thrilled to make my UK playwriting debut at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. This is such a dream come true; and that I get to work with such an incredible director, cast and design team is the cherry on top of the most delicious theatrical cake!” Director Monique Touko said: “I visited Aburi School for Girls, the school that inspired Jocelyn, on a trip to Ghana at the beginning of the year, and I was reminded of how important the story of and representation in School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is. The play is a comedy with universal appeal and explores the vulnerable, tender moments of teenagehood. These nuanced and jubilant portrayals of Black women aren’t seen on stage or screen enough. We have a stellar cast and creative team bringing this message to London and I’m so excited to work with the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre for the show’s UK premiere.” Currently playing at the Lyric Hammersmith is The Good Person of Szechwan, until 13 May 2023. Book tickets to School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play at the Lyric Hammersmith in London

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