Young at heart. Veteran cast turn back the clock for Seventeen at Lyric Hammersmith

Seventeen, a play about teenagers and performed by a cast of veteran stage actors, will turn our notions of adulthood and adolescence on their head. Funny, wise and a little bit sad, it comes to The Lyric, Hammersmith in March.

Matthew Whittet’s poignant play, directed by Anne-Louise Sarks, makes its European premiere in the Lyric’s new UK production after premiering to sell out audiences and critical acclaim at Belvoir, Sydney in 2015.

The play is set in the time after the end of the last day of school, but just before everyone moves on, and stars Sarah Ball, Michael Feast, Mike Grady, Diana Hardcastle, Margot Leicester and Richard Cordery.

Seventeen is about the cusp of adulthood, the cusp of complete change.

Jess (Diana Hardcastle) is Mike’s (Michael Feast) girlfriend. Tom (Richard Cordery) is Mike’s best friend, but he’s secretly in love with Jess.

Emilia (Margot Leicester) is Jess’s best friend and she’s about to get drunk for the first time. Lizzy (Sarah Ball) is Mike’s annoying younger sister. And Ronny (Mike Grady), well no-one invited Ronny and no one’s quite sure why he’s there.

As dawn approaches, through a fog of cheap beer, dreams are shared, insecurities aired and secrets spilled.

Seventeen runs at The Lyric, Hammersmith from March 4 – April 8.

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