Co-created by Scott Graham for Frantic Assembly, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens
25 May ‐ 23 Jun 2018
£10 ‐ £42
Running time
90 minutes
Main House

Songs and stories from a forgotten England

Fatherland is a bold, ambitious show about contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions. Created by Frantic Assembly’s Scott Graham, Karl Hyde from Underworld and playwright Simon Stephens (Punk Rock, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time), this daring collage of words, music and movement will transform the Lyric, animated by a 13-strong cast and a multitude of voices.

Fatherland is a vivid, urgent and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future. Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from the trio’s home towns in the heart of the country, the show explores identity, nationality, masculinity – and what it means to belong in a world weighed down by the expectations of others.

Tender and tough, honest and true, Fatherland is a vital and necessary show about what we were, who we are and what we’d like to become.


Commissioned and produced by Lyric Hammersmith, Manchester International Festival, Frantic Assembly, the Royal Exchange Theatre and LIFT. Supported by PRS for Music Foundation.

Photo: © Perou

Lyric Lates – Fri 08, 15 & 22 Jun

Get into the summer festival spirit in the Lyric Bar & Grill following the performance of Fatherland where the entertainment will continue with a live DJ set until 11.30pm and you can take advantage of our exclusive drinks offers:

Buy two pints of lager/ale and get second one half price.*

Buy two large glasses of wine and receive the rest of the bottle for free.*

*available from 9.30pm – 10.30pm

Simon Stephens Playtext Collection

Fatherland given you the Simon Stephens bug?

Check out some of his other plays for £4.00 each, or get all three playtexts for £9.99.

  • Fatherland
  • The Seagull (adaptation by Simon Stephens, debuted at the Lyric Hammersmith in 2017)
  • Simon Stephens Plays 2 (includes One Minute; Country Music; Motortown; Pornography; Sea Wall)

Purchase your playtexts with your ticket booking at the online checkout, and collect at the Lyric Hammersmith Box Office.