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Lyric Hammersmith Theatre presents

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Written by Jocelyn Bioh. Directed by Monique Touko.
08 Jun - 22 Jul 2023
From £10
Running time
80 minutes
Main House

1986. Ghana’s prestigious Aburi Girls Boarding School.

Queen Bee Paulina and her crew excitedly await the arrival of the Miss Ghana pageant recruiter. It’s clear that Paulina is in top position to take the title until her place is threatened by Ericka – a beautiful and talented new transfer student. As the friendship group’s status quo is upended, who will be chosen for Miss Ghana and at what cost?

Bursting with hilarity and joy, this award-winning comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls around the world.

Don’t miss the UK premiere of this critically-acclaimed smash-hit show. Book early for the best seats at best prices.

This production is produced in association with Mark Gordon Pictures and Francesca Moody Productions.

Content warning: this performance will feature haze and may include strobe like lighting effects. Please note, warnings will be updated regularly to reflect any technical features added to the production during the rehearsal period.  This production may contain themes or references that some audience members find upsetting and/or unsettling. To learn more about the content and themes the production explores, click here.

Pre-show dining:

Every Monday to Saturday from 4pm until Curtain Up you can enjoy a taste of Ghana before the show.  Click here to read the Ghanaian menu and book a table.

Audio Described Introduction here. 

Read the free cast list here.


In the press:

“Idris Elba boards UK Production of School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play as Associate Producer.” – Read the full exclusive announcement on Variety here.

“This show really feels like a catalyst for conversation. It’s laugh-out-loud funny…and a celebration of Black joy” – Read Heather Agyepong’s interview for London Theatre here.

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play is really powerful, important, and will resonate with so many different people.” Listen to Anna Shaffer and Tara Tijani perform a short excerpt from the play on BBC Focus Africa Radio here


Key Dates: 

Black Out Night – Monday 19 June, 7.30pm.
For the Culture Lates (live DJ) – Friday 30 June, 7.30pm
Audio described – Tuesday 27 June, 7.30pm
Chilled Environment Performance – Wednesday 28 June, 2.30pm
BSL – Tuesday 04 July, 7.30pm
Open captioned and For the Culture Lates (live DJ)- Friday 07 July, 7.30pm