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2022 Season
Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents


Written by Patrick Marber. Directed by Clare Lizzimore.
14 Jul - 13 Aug
From £10
Running time
145 minutes
Main House

The Olivier Award-winning play and Hollywood hit film.

‘What do you want?’
‘To be loved.’
‘That simple?’
‘It’s a big want.’

In the chaos of London; four strangers meet, fall in love and fall apart.

To mark the 25th Anniversary of the play’s premiere, Olivier Award winning director, Clare Lizzimore, stages a radical new production of Patrick Marber’s cult-classic about longing, lust, sex, and desire.

Would you risk it all for a moment of passion?

“Desire is part of our makeup” Lyn Gardner talks with director Clare Lizzimore about bringing Patrick Marber’s Closer to the stage, 25 years since it first shocked audiences. Click here to read. 


Accolades: After its premiere in 1997, Closer won Olivier, Evening Standard and New York drama Critics Circle Awards. Since then, Closer has played in more than 200 cities across the world. In 2004 Mike Nichols directed the award-winning film version starring Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen.

Content warning: Please note that this production contains strobe lighting and haze. It has sexually explicit language, adult themes, and scenes of a sexual and violent nature.


In the press:

Closer is a play which touches on many unpalatable truths, but I think that’s what good theatre does.” Read Clare Lizzimore’s interview with Lyn Gardner for Stagedoor here.

“It was the first time I’d read the play and I was blown away by how honest, beautiful, brutal and funny it was.” Read Sam Troughton’s interview for Theatre Weekly here. 

Listen to Patrick Marber’s interview discussing Closer 25 Years on with Nancy Carroll and Sarah Crompton for As the Actress said to the Critic Podcast here