Toyah Willcox returns to Derek Jarman’s Jubilee for Lyric Hammer season

The new 2018 season at London’s Lyric Hammersmith includes Toyah Willcox in the transfer of a new stage adaptation of Derek Jarman’s, Jubilee, in a 40th anniversary co-production.

Sean Holmes directs a dynamic re-imagining of Sean O’Casey’s revolutionary masterpiece, The Plough and the Stars and there is the return of the award winning 4.48 Psychosis, the Royal Opera’s production of Sarah Kane’s last play.

The programme features choreographer Hofesh Shechter’s Shechter II company at the Lyric for six performances.

Fatherland, a bold new production, focuses on contemporary fatherhood, with music by Karl Hyde (Underworld) and Matthew Herbert.

o t h e l l o m a c b e t h is a new condensed staging of the two iconic plays, performed together as one production by one company, in a co-production with Manchester’s HOME.

The Lyric’s artistic director, Sean Holmes, said: “It’s a real pleasure to announce such a vibrant and provocative season.

“Punk rebellion, Irish revolt, ground-breaking opera, electrifying dance, Shakespeare doubled and Frantic Assembly, at their best, make for a rich and compelling Lyric season.

“It is one that promotes emerging talent and celebrates the artistic benefits of collaboration in all its forms.”


JUBILEE (15 February – 10 March 2018)

Adapted for the stage by Chris Goode from the original screenplay by Derek Jarman & James Whaley.

Derek Jarman’s iconic film captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex – with a little pyromania thrown in.

Now, 40 years on, this new stage adaptation of Jubilee remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017.

Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, it’s a story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.

Featuring one of the film’s original cast members, legendary punk warrior Toyah Willcox, Jubilee is a free-spirited, gloriously rude, take-no prisoners blast of a show, for young punks, old punks, and anyone who’s ever wanted to set the world on fire.

Cast includes: Travis Alabanza, Harold Finley, Craig Hamilton, Gareth Kieran-Jones, Tom Ross-Williams, Sophie Stone, Temi Wilkey, Toyah Willcox.

THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS (15 March – 07 April 2018)

The Plough and the Stars comes to the Lyric following a sell-out season at the Abbey Theatre as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Easter Rising, as well as a successful Irish and US tour.

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, this is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time.

This is a dynamic re-imagining: loyal to the spirit of O’Casey’s play whilst unleashing contemporary resonances for a modern audience.

FATHERLAND (25 May – 23 June 2018)

This bold new production, by Scott Graham, Karl Hyde and Simon Stephens, focuses on
contemporary fatherhood in all its complexities and contradictions.

Inspired by conversations with fathers and sons from Corby, Kidderminster and Stockport, the three co-creators’ hometowns, Fatherland explores identity, nationality and masculinity.

In a vivid and deeply personal portrait of 21st-century England at the crossroads of past, present and future.

o t h e l l o m a c b e t h (05 October – 03 November 2018)

An audacious condensed staging of two of Shakespeare’s most brutal and poetic plays, exploring fear, jealousy, power and revenge.

Two stories in which powerful men are manipulated into destroying their societies, their households, their loved ones and themselves.

In this dynamic and visceral production these two iconic plays will be performed together by one company of actors, examining escalating cycles of violence; abuses of power and the role and nature of the “tragic hero”.

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