The Lyric pantomime began its life in 2009 with Jack and the Beanstalk as part of Sean’s first season as Artistic Director. With its very first panto, written by Richard Bean, Morgan Lloyd Malcolm, Joel Horwood, Ché Walker and directed by Steve Marmion, with Stephen Fry as the voice of the giant - the Lyric firmly put Hammersmith on the London panto map with flying carpets, singing cows and dancing rats. Mel Giedroyc, Vikki Stone and Stevie Webb have all joined the Lyric’s pantomime over the years to sing ‘Glory Glory Hammersmith’.
The pantomime has launched many new careers through the Panto Ensemble, a group of young performers given training and the experience of taking to the stage to perform, many in their first paid professional roles. Previous ensemble members have included Hammed Animashaun, who most recently appeared in A Monster Calls at the Old Vic, Krystal Dockery who after the ensemble went on to play the title role in Cinderella at the Lyric and Jamael Westman who plays the title role in Hamilton in the West End.
There will be a 10 Year Celebratory Event on Friday 7 December 2018, when audiences will watch a very special performance of Dick Whittington full of guest appearances and a look back on 10 years of pantomime at the Lyric. Tickets for this event are from £30, which includes a special winter cocktail, pre- show refreshments and a festive programme.
You can expect the usual mix of live music, crazy characters, awesome adventure, singing, dancing, villainous baddies and heroic goodies with a little bit of feline flavour chucked in for good measure.
The full cast of Dick Whittington includes: Margaret Cabourn-Smith (Mayor Pigeon), Hollie Edwin (Alice Fitzwarren), Jodie Jacobs (Bow Belles), Keziah Joseph (Tom Cat), Luke Latchman (Dick Whittington), Carl Mullaney (Sarah Fitzwarren) and Sarah-Louise Young (Queen Rat). They are joined by an ensemble of young performers, as part of the Lyric Hammersmith’s commitment to nurturing young talent: Amelia Gregorian, Tiwalade Ibirogba-Olulode, Helena Morais, James Roberts and Stevie Ruffs.
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Christmas at the Lyric
Saturday 17 November 2018 – Sunday 06 January 2019
Various evening and matinee performance times. Please see www.lyric.co.uk
Free First Night: Saturday 17 November at 6pm.
Previews: Tuesday 20 – Friday 23 November 2018 | Press Night: Saturday 24 November 2018 at 6pm Preview Tickets: £10 / £15 / £21 / £28 | Standard Tickets: £15 / £23 / £32 / £42
Mid-week matinees (up to 18 Dec): £15
Under 16s: £20 (subject to availability – available on £32 tickets and below)
Family Ticket: £75 (limited availability). No booking fee.
Relaxed Performance: Wednesday 05 December 1:30pm
Audio Described Performance: Saturday 15 December 6pm
Open Captioned Performance: Wednesday 19 December 6pm
BSL Performance: Thursday 27 December 2pm
Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas
Wednesday 21 November – Sunday 30 December 2018 For full schedule: www.lyric.co.uk
Tickets: from £10. No booking fee.