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Rachel O’Riordan’s First Season as Artistic Director Announced

Today we announced our 2019/2020 programme of work, Rachel O’Riordan’s inaugural season as Artistic Director:

  • A Doll’s House: A new version of Ibsen’s play by Tanika Gupta and directed by Rachel O’Riordan – her first show as the Lyric’s Artistic Director, with Niru – Nora in the original– played by Anjana Vasan (Summer and Smoke).
  • Solaris: co-produced with Malthouse Theatre Melbourne and The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, the Lyric presents a new play by David Greig, adapted from the cult science fiction novel by Stanislaw Lem.
  • Cinderella: Panto returns for 2019, written by Jude Christian and directed by Tinuke Craig. Featuring the Lyric Ensemble.
  • Love, Love, Love: Rachel O’Riordan directs Mike Bartlett’s award-winning play.
  • Sophocles’ Antigone: The Burial at Thebes: Roy Alexander Weise (Nine Nights) directs a new production of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney’s translation. The Chorus will be played by the Lyric Ensemble.
  • The Beauty Queen of Leenane: Headlining the Autumn 2020 season, Rachel O’Riordan directs Martin McDonagh’s darkly comic play.
  • In collaboration with Headlong, the Lyric announces a long-term aspiration to commission and produce work of scale by women playwrights for the Lyric Main House and UK touring, with the first production in January 2020.
  • The Little Lyric Autumn Season, for audiences aged under 11 years, is announced, including the return of Raymond Brigg’s Father Christmas, along with the new sponsor of Little Lyric shows and classes, The Collective.
  • The Lyric continues its commitment to nurturing the next generation of artists with the Lyric Ensemble and Evolution Festival.
  • The Lyric announces new Artistic Associates team: Stuart Burt (Casting Director); Tinuke Craig (Director); Phillip McMahon (Playwright and Director); Nina Steiger (Dramaturg) and Simon Stephens (Playwright).

30,000 tickets in the season are £15 or under, with 5000 of these completely free through our schemes such as Free First Night. Priority booking is open now for Lyric Friends and Supporters, find out how to become a Lyric Friend to access priority booking.