Lyric life

Lyric Hammersmith announce new season

The Lyric Hammersmith today announces its new season running May 2017 to January 2018 including three major new productions: a UK premiere, a new adaptation of a classic and the return of the now traditional Lyric pantomime.


  • UK premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s international hit Terror, directed by Sean Holmes.
  • Lesley Sharp stars in Simon Stephens new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, directed by Sean Holmes.
  • Jude Christian and Sean Holmes co-direct this year’s festive pantomime Jack and the Beanstalk.
  • Paul Auster’s City of Glass, directed by Leo Warner and adapted by Duncan Macmillan extends until 20 May.
  • Amici Dance Theatre Company reprise their productions of Tightrope and 35 Amici Drive

In June, the Lyric will present the UK Premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror in a translation by David Tushingham, a gripping and timely play that has been stirring debate around the globe. The audience are at the centre of this courtroom drama, voting to decide the verdict at each performance. Guilty. Not Guilty. You Decide.   

In the autumn, Lesley Sharp takes to the Lyric stage playing Irina Arkadina in a vibrant new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull by Lyric Associate Artist Simon Stephens.

The festive season will see the return of the much loved Lyric pantomime with a brand new production of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Before then, the previously announced Paul Auster’s City of Glass will extend its run at the Lyric Hammersmith by a week running until Saturday 20 May.

In May, Amici, the Lyric’s resident dance theatre company which integrates able-bodied and disabled performers, will reprise two past productions Tightrope and 35 Amici Drive, playing in repertory for the first time as a company.

The Lyric Hammersmith’s Artistic Director Sean Holmes said:

‘This Lyric season offers a unique series of audience experiences. From the groundbreaking visual imagery of City of Glass to deciding the fate of the accused in Terror; from Chekhov as it’s never been seen before to the glorious communion between actors and audience that is the hallmark of the Lyric panto. This season has it all.’