Lyric life

Polly Frame to play Kris Kelvin in UK Run of Solaris

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Malthouse Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh announces

We are delighted to announce that Polly Frame will join the cast of Solaris as Kris Kelvin in the UK run of David Greig’s adaptation of Stanisław Lem’s Solaris.

Polly’s most recent roles include After Edward and Edward II, The Globe; Thick as Thieves, Clean Break Theatre; Fringe First winner On the Exhale, China Plate, Traverse Theatre, Oxford Playhouse; Jekyll & Hyde, Rose Kingston & No 1 Tour; A Short History of Tractors in Ukranian, Hull Truck, Dr Frankenstein and Hedda Gabbler, Northern Stage & Tour, and Henry V, Regent’s Park.

Polly will join previously announced  Hugo Weaving (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Cloud Atlas, The Matrix trilogy, V for Vendetta, The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert), who will film the role of Gibarian, the ill-fated doctor whose love and fascination for the mysterious planet Solaris causes his mysterious demise just before Kelvin arrives on board the space station.

Polly and Hugo will be accompanied by Jade Ogugua (Twelfth Night, The Lyceum and Bristol Old Vic; How to Act, National Theatre Scotland; The Tempest, Northern Stage & Oxford Playhouse) as Sartorius; Keegan Joyce (Rake, Please Like Me, Superman Returns) as Ray and Fode Simbo (The Princess and the Hustler, Eclipse Theatre, Bristol Old Vic; Young Marx, Bridge Theatre; Summer of Rockets, Little Women, both BBC) as Snow.

Speaking of the production, David Greig said:Writing the adaptation for Solaris was as fascinating as exploring a newly discovered planet. I had no idea Stanisław Lem’s book was so funny, so moving, and such a fascinating philosophical disquisition on the eternal human problem of our relationship with ‘the other’ – whether that other is a person, a planet, a lover or a monster.’

Solaris will run from 10 Oct – 2 Nov, following a run at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.



Studio Talk hosted by Fiona Mountford invites members of the creative team and special guests from theatre, culture, politics and journalism to discuss and debate a topic inspired by the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre’s current Main House production.

The Studio Talk for Solaris will discuss staging outer space in theatre and film and will be on Tues 29 Oct at 6pm.

The talk will be hosted by theatre critic Fiona Mountford, and the panellists will be the Curator of Contemporary Fiction in the BFI National Archive, Will Massa, Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan and astronomer at The Royal Greenwich Observatory, Brendan Owens.