Terror

Another of our new shows in the new season at the Lyric Hammersmith is Terror, which will run over the summer from 23rd June to 15th July 2017.

This is the UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s debut play, a courtroom drama where the audience give their verdict, “guilty” or “not guilty.”

The outline of the court case is that of a passenger plane hijacking by terrorists who change course towards a sports stadium containing 70,000 football fans. The Eurofighter pilot must decide – shoot it down or not?

The question of whether one human life is worth more than another is raised, when, if ever, is the right thing to sacrifice fewer lives to save a larger tragedy. 164 lives on a passenger jet, or 70,000 at an international football match – and who’s responsibility is that decision?

Enter the courtroom. Hear the evidence. Make your judgement.

Guilty. Not Guilty. You, the audience, Decide.

This play has been stirring debates across the globe. This production at the Lyric Hammersmith is directed by Sean Holmes and designed by Anna Fleischle.

Terror at the Lyric Hammersmith tickets are now on sale from just £25.

The Seagull

We are pleased to bring to you The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith from 11th October to 4th November 2017.

This is Chekhov’s story of unrequited love, jealousy, guns, vodka and art!  This latest version of Chekhov’s masterpiece is by Olivier-award winning playwright Simon Stephens, with direction from Sean Holmes.  Lesley Sharp plays one of the main 4 characters, Irina Arkadina – the fading actress.

The play brings together romance, love triangles, the shooting of a seagull (!). Set in Russia, the play was written by Chekhov in 1895 and was first seen on the stage in 1896 when the first performance was a famous failure.

Switching effortlessly between the ridiculous and the profound The Seagull forensically examines the transcendence and destructiveness of love. The burning need to create Art and how harshly that need can be crushed permeates throughout the play.

The Seagull at the Lyric Hammersmith tickets are now on sale staring at just £25.

Salome

One of our new shows is Salome at the Olivier Theatre, National on the Southbank near the London Eye. The show is scheduled to run from 2nd May to 15th July 2017.

The story of Salome may have been told previously, but this new play by Yaël Farber brings it to us in a different way.

The “original” Salomé play was written by Oscar Wilde and was loosely based on a story from the New Testament. The setting is biblical times in Judea – which was an historical region somewhere near today’s Palestine. Salomé is the step-daughter of King Herod. The story differs from the Bible story when it refers to the revenge on John the Baptist when he calls into question the legality of the marriage between Herod and Herodias (Salomé’s mother).

When the play was written, any public performance of a play which portrayed a Biblical character was forbidden and so it was written in French and performed first in France, and not until 1918 was it first performed in Britain, several years after Wilde’s death.

In the new play, Yaël Farber tells the story of an occupied desert nation, A radical from the wilderness on hunger strike. A girl whose mysterious dance will change the course of the world.  This re-telling puts Salomé in the centre of a revolution.

Internationally acclaimed director Yaël Farber (Les Blancs) has created her urgent, hypnotic production on the Olivier stage.

Salome tickets are now on sale with a starting price of £44.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Together Again

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe Together Again goes on tour!  Their appearance together at Greenwich Music Time, which takes place between June 30th and 7th July 2017 at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, was announced earlier this month. The line-up at this event will also include Little Mix and Cliff Richard.

The decision to work together again comes following their success with their album, Together, and they have now decided to embark on  a series of appearances in June prior to their appearance at Greenwich Music Time.

Details of their other appearances are as follows. Follow the links for pricing and location details.

Shrewsbury – Tuesday 20th June

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury – Sunday 18th June

Stansted Park, Chichester – Wednesday 21st June

Euston Hall, Thetford – Saturday 24th June

All Our Children

From 26th April to 3rd June 2017 All Our Children will be at the Jermyn Street Theatre.

In January 1941 it is snowing and there are terrible things happening in a clinic for disabled children, terrible crimes. This is the German state, and apparently the crime will help parents who are struggling and reduce the financial burden on the state.

The Doctor objects – but who, if anyone, will listen?

The play raises the question of human morality and moral dilemma. If the world abandons humanity and decency how will it be restored to that world? What will it take for that to happen? This play examines these questions.

This is the debut play of theatre director Stephen Unwin, whose credits include King Lear with Timothy West; Hamlet with Alan Cumming; and Man to Man with Tilda Swinton.

All Our Children tickets are now on sale from £30.50.

The Nutcracker

The seasonal favourite, The Nutcracker is brought to the London Coliseum by the English National Ballet for the 2017 Christmas season – from 13th December 2017 through until 6th January 2018.

The basic story is that of a young German girl who dreams of a Nutcracker Prince and a fierce battle against a Mouse King with seven heads.

There are 5 “sections” to The Nutcracker, starting with the Party Scene, followed by the Fight Scene then the Land of Snow followed by the Land of Sweets and finally the Dream Ends.

The party is on Christmas Eve when the Stahlbaum’s annual festive party takes place, with friends and family. The Stahlbaum children, Clara and Fritz have their friends at the party too. Their godfather Drosselmeyer is a clock and toy maker, and he arrives with two life-size dolls.  His gift to Clara is a Nutcracker, which Fritz is jealous of and he snatches the nutcracker from his sister and breaks it.  Drosselmeyer quickly restores the nutcracker to its original form using his somewhat magical skills.  As the party comes to a close and everyone makes their way to bed, Clara decides she must check on her nutcracker and falls asleep by the Christmas tree with him in her arms.

Strange things happen as midnight strikes. The Christmas tree grows, Clara shrinks, the toys come to life, and the Mouse King enters the room leading his army of mice. The nutcracker leads his army of toy soldiers into battle against the mice, and there is a head-to-head battle between the Mouse King and the Nutcracker.

As the toy soldiers are captured by the army of mice, Clara is desperate and defeats the Mouse King with her slipper. The army of mice scatter, carrying the lifeless Mouse King with them.

With the defeat of the Mouse King, the Nutcracker changes into a Prince and he and Clara embark on a journey to the Land of Snow. After their visit to the enchanted Land of Snow they journey on to the Land of Sweets and they meet the Sugar Plum Fairy.  When she hears of their daring adventures and their battle with the mice, the fairy rewards them with a series of dances.

After the finale dance, the Dream Ends and Clara awakes to find herself by the Christmas tree with the Nutcracker.

This most enchanting of stories is brought to life on the stage with over 100 dancers and musicians, amazing dancing and Tchaikovsky’s wonderful music.

As an introduction to ballet for children, this must be the “go to” one to see, and as a wonderful Christmas treat, what could be better than the wonderful venue of the London Coliseum.

Tickets for The Nutcracker by the English National Ballet are now on sale, from just £25.

Afternoon Tea at Savini

We have a new destination for Afternoon Tea in central London. Savini at Criterion is a Grand Café.

Daytime offers at Savini include breakfast, lunch, or afternoon tea. Afternoon tea offers scones with jam selection & clotted cream – of course! – a selection of finger sandwiches, pasties and biscuits.

Evenings sees the transformation into a glamorous venue for cocktails in the bar where (fictionally) Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson first met, according to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle! The restaurant offers a la carte or theatre menu for evening dining, with Italian dishes being prepared with the finest seasonal ingredients.

Savini in Milan is a famous restaurant dating back to 1867 with patrons such as Puccini, Verdi, Callas and Sinatra. Some 150 years later the iconic Savini brand introduced a combination of history, food, ambience in the elegant and romantic Criterion Theatre.

We are offering this fantastic Afternoon Tea at Savini now until the end of the year, 31st December 2017, at a price of £32.90.

New Show – Paul Auster’s City of Glass

For a very limited time between 20th  April and 20th May, Paul Auster’s City of Glass comes to the Lyric Hammersmith.

This play is based on the first novel in the The New York Trilogy written by Paul Auster, combined with the graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli.

“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 novel is brought to life in a dazzling stage adaptation which includes bold, technically ground-breaking production; using 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).

This production is by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions (An American in Paris, War Horse, David Bowie Is) and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan. who bring this seminal American novel to life in a dazzlingly original stage adaptation.

Tickets for Paul Auster’s City of Glass are now on sale, starting at just £32.

New Show – How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

The multi-award winning musical, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying comes to the Wilton’s Music Hall from Saturday 8th April. You will have to be quick to fit a visit to this show into your diary though, as the run is limited and will finish on Saturday 22nd April 2017.

Do you just love getting ahead?  If you wish your life was more successful, that you could reach the pinnacle of business success and change the world for the better, then you need to see this show.

As the title suggests, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is written to tell you everything you need to know in the science of getting ahead!

Follow J. Pierrepont Finch, played by Marc Pickering (Les Misérables, Sleepy Hollow, Calendar Girls) as he rises from lowly window washer to high-powered executive, in this anarchic tuneful romp. Jam-packed with sly, swift, sharp humour, and with its tongue firmly placed in its cheek. If you have education, intelligence and ability, so much the better. But remember that thousands have reached the top without any of these qualities – even to the highest job in America.

With music by Frank Loesser, (composer of Guys and Dolls), join us for a sexy, scintillating and outrageous evening where business and pleasure collide in this multi-award-winning musical comedy. the musical score includes numbers shuch as I Believe In You, Brotherhood of Man and Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm.

How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying tickets are now on sale, from just £32. Get your future success off on the right track and join the cast of this Pullitzer-Award winning musical at the Wilton’s Music Hall this April.

2017 Olivier Awards

The full list of Olivier Award nominees has been announced. The Olivier Awards will take place on Sunday 9 April 2017, making their debut at the Royal Albert Hall.

As ever, the nominations include a wide range of stage shows,

Best new musical nominations are Dreamgirls, The Girls, Groundhog Day and School of Rock The Musical.

Dreamgirls, The Girls and Groundhog Day also have nominations for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical.

Some more information on the nominees in various categories can be found below.  For more information, visit the official Olivier Awards website.

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • Ian Bartholomew for Half A Sixpence at Noël Coward Theatre
  • Adam J Bernard for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre
  • Ben Hunter for The Girls at Phoenix Theatre
  • Andrew Langtree for Groundhog Day at The Old Vic

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical

  • Haydn Gwynne for The Threepenny Opera at National Theatre – Olivier
  • Victoria Hamilton-Barritt for Murder Ballad at Arts Theatre
  • Rebecca Trehearn for Show Boat at New London Theatre
  • Emma Williams for Half A Sixpence at Noël Coward Theatre

Magic Radio Best Musical Revival

  • Funny Girl at Savoy Theatre
  • Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • Show Boat at New London Theatre
  • Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum

Best Actor in a Musical

  • David Fynn for School Of Rock The Musical at New London Theatre
  • Tyrone Huntley for Jesus Christ Superstar at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre
  • Andy Karl for Groundhog Day at The Old Vic
  • Charlie Stemp for Half A Sixpence at Noël Coward Theatre

Best Actress in a Musical

  • Glenn Close for Sunset Boulevard at London Coliseum
  • “The Girls” – Debbie Chazen, Sophie-Louise Dann, Michele Dotrice, Claire Machin, Claire Moore and Joanna Riding – for The Girls at Phoenix Theatre
  • Amber Riley for Dreamgirls at Savoy Theatre
  • Sheridan Smith for Funny Girl at Savoy Theatre

Best New Comedy

  • The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at Criterion Theatre
  • Nice Fish at Harold Pinter Theatre
  • Our Ladies Of Perpetual Succour at National Theatre – Dorfman
  • The Truth at Wyndham’s Theatre