A new stage adaptation of Paul Auster's City of Glass at the Lyric Hammersmith

Paul Auster’s City of Glass at the Lyric Hammersmith.

Lyric Hammersmith, London

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Paul Auster’s City of Glass at the Lyric Hammersmith.

City of Glass, the first part of Paul Auster’s landmark series of novels, The New York Trilogy, is vividly brought to life on stage in an original stage adaptation by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan.

‘the most exciting purveyors of video for theatre in the world’

This bold, technically ground-breaking production uses stagecraft, projection, magic and illusion to immerse audiences in the dizzying, disorientating and ultimately transcendental story that helped establish Auster’s reputation as ‘one of America’s greatest living novelists’ (The Guardian)

Paul Auster’s City of Glass runs from 20 April 2017 until 20 May 2017 at the Lyric Hammersmith.


‘It was a wrong number that started it.’

When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious call seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a thriller of his own. He falls under the spell of a strange and seductive woman, who engages him to protect her young husband from his sociopathic father. As the familiar territory of the noir detective genre gives way to something altogether more disturbing, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality.

Will he be drawn deeper into the abyss, or could the quest provide the purpose and meaning he needs to rebuild his shattered life?


The cast features Vivienne Acheampong, Mark Edel-Hunt, Chris New and Jack Tarlton.


Written by Paul Auster and Adapted by Duncan Macmillan. Directed by Leo Warner with Set Design by Jenny Melville, Video Design by Lysander Ashton, Lighting by Matt Daw, Movement by Kim Brandstrup,Sound by Gareth Fry, Original music by Nick Powell and Costume, hair and make-up by Molly Einchcomb.

Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 20 May 2017

Important Notes

Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes Age Restrictions: Suitabel for 14+ Important Info: Contains some nudity.

Venue Information

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Lyric Square, Hammersmith, 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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