Mark Ravenihill’s provocative first play, Shopping and F**king, is set to be revived at The Lyric Hammersmith this autumn, it has been announced.
Directed by Sean Holmes the production will run at The Lyric Hammersmith from October 7.
“It’s summer. I’m in a supermarket. It’s hot and I’m sweaty. Damp. And I’m watching this couple shopping. I’m watching you. And you’re both smiling. You see me and you know sort of straight away that I’m going to have you”.
With a raw mixture of black humour and bleak philosophy, the play, which premiered 20 years ago at the Royal Court, follows three disconnected young adults whose lives have been reduced to a series of transactions in an emotionally, shrink- wrapped world. A place where Shopping is sexy and Fucking is a job.
The Lyric’s main house will be transformed for the production with part of the audience seated on the stage, thrusting them into the heart of the production within the Victorian auditorium.
Mark Ravenhill said: “I’ve enjoyed a long and fulfilling association with the Lyric – Faust Is Dead (1997), Handbag (1998), Pool (2005), Show 6 (2015) for the Lyric’s Secret Theatre – and so it’s very exciting that they are reviving my first play Shopping and F**king, 20 years after it premiered.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what a new generation of theatre audiences make of the play.”
Shopping and F**king runs at the Lyric from October 7-November 5.