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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents

Iphigenia in Splott

By Gary Owen. Directed by Rachel O'Riordan
26 Sep - 22 Oct 2022
From £10
Running time
75 minutes
Main House

"What is gonna happen, when we can’t take it anymore?"

Stumbling down the street drunk at 11.30am Effie is the kind of girl you avoid making eye contact with. You think you know her, but maybe you don’t know half of it.

Effie’s life is a mess of drink, drugs and drama every night, and a hangover worse than death the next day – ’til one night gives her the chance to be something more.

Gary Owen’s critically acclaimed and powerful monodrama inspired by the Greek myth opens at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre after a smash-hit run at the Sherman Theatre in Wales and later the National Theatre. Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan directs Sophie Melville, who reprises her role as ‘Effie’ after winning The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Evening Standard Award nomination for Best Actress.

Iphigenia in Splott was originally commissioned and produced by the Sherman Theatre.


Content Warning:

Whilst we don’t want to give away any spoilers in advance of your visit, we acknowledge that some scenes and themes in this play may have an impact on some of our audience members. Please contact us if you would like to discuss the show and its content further on 020 8741 6822 or email

This production contains flashing lights, strong language, sexual references and includes sensitive subject matter.

Click here to learn more about the themes in this production and for a selection of resources and places you can contact for support and advice.

Please note, latecomers will not be admitted into the auditorium.


Education Pack:

Click here to download the education pack for Iphigenia in Splott. 


In the press: 

Included in Time Out’s ‘Best New Theatre Shows Opening This Autumn’ – read here.

“I think it is really important to give a voice to people and places that don’t normally get heard … When theatre is specific and absolutely represents what it speaks of, it becomes universal.”  Read Sophie Melville’s interview for The Guardian here.

“Gary Owen’s critically adored play returns.” Read The Guardian’s weekly entertainment guide here.

“Iphigenia in Splott felt painfully pertinent then. Now it should feel like a call to action that can’t be ignored.” Read ‘Lyn’s picks’ in Stagedoor here