Summer Season Guide: Lyric Hammersmith, London

This June, the Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to be hosting a variety of outdoor events and performances as Lyric in the Square, created by the Lyric for Hammersmith London, returns for its seventh year. The west London theatre partners up with Far From The Norm, Zest – who are celebrating 10 years of producing eye-opening new work for young people, Dance West and the Lyric Young Company to bring a host of free events to the Lyric Square.

Over the summer, Young Lyric, the Lyric’s programme of work for young people 25 and under,will be producing a wide ranging and varied programme of activities. These include: creating a new musical How to Fail at Being Perfect based on a dystopic version of Peter Pan set in 2030; creating a new film version of Hamlet (well sort of) and running a film project with the Tri-borough Virtual School, where young people will take on their own creative roles and learn from professionals in the industry. There will also be one week intensive courses for young people aged 7-9 and 9-11 to create their own performances with industry professionals.

In addition, the Lyric’s company of disabled and non-disabled young people, Journeys will create a new piece of work to be performed in the Lyric Studio, focusing on the hope and bright things we see ahead in our futures. The Lyric will also host two artists from Tangier, Morocco to create a new performance in collaboration with Tamasha Arts exploring how much we can communicate when we don’t share language. The final performance will involve a live feed with a group of young people in Morocco. Finally, The Royal College of Music will return for a second year to deliver their courses for young composers and musicians as well as installing a Gamelan in the Lyric foyer and hosting family and public sessions.

All Young Lyric activities are accessibly priced and are open to young people from all backgrounds in West London and beyond to allow them to experience high quality arts provision.

To top everything off this summer, the Lyric will be welcoming everyone to come and enjoy one of the hidden gems of west London, their beautiful Hammersmith London Roof Garden, which is perfect for an after work drink, a bite to eat or to celebrate a special occasion with friends – even if the occasion is simply the arrival of the sun! It is also available to hire exclusively for larger summer celebrations and they have garden games, delicious cocktails, great music and sizzling hot food from our barbeque to make any occasion unforgettable.

And in June, they will be welcoming YogaBox and Lululemon for a series of pop ups on the Roof Garden. Together they will provide a heart-pumping workout bringing yoga and boxing into the same class, followed by healthy refreshments from the Lyric’s Bar & Grill. Events will take place on Monday 5 June at 7pm and Saturday 17 June at 10am. Head to the YogaBox website for details.


Lyric in the Square

Lyric Young Company

Lyric Square

Tuesday 06 & Wednesday 07 June, 12:30pm, 1.10pm, 1.50pm

FREE no booking required

The Lyric Young Company, working with movement director Shelley Maxwell, create a hypnotic physical theatre response to last the day of school. Using themes from Seventeen by Matt Whittet, which played at the Lyric in March this year, they will tell the tale of love, friendship and moving on. The performances will take place on Designer Tom Scutt’s infinity symbol set from Seventeen.


First Person

Lyric Square

Tuesday 13 June, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 5:30pm

Wednesday 14 June, 12:30pm, 1:30pm & 5:30pm

FREE no booking required

2 players. 30 minutes. 1 Ultimate Prize.

Two players enter the labyrinth of a virtual world and compete for the ultimate prize: happiness. The First Person to complete the game and find happiness is the winner! It’s that easy. All they need to do is follow the voice of the unseen Guide and they’ll be just fine. But in our harsh world of winners and losers, is the Guide aiding their journey, or relishing in their demise?

Created for public spaces and influenced by video games and reality TV; First Person is a quirky fusion of fast paced narrative, physical theatre and silent disco technology. Grab your headphones, predict your winner and cheer them on to the finish line. Zest are a national touring theatre company and are celebrating 10 years of creating eye-
opening new and interactive work placing the audience at the centre of the action. Established in Lincoln, each year they play to over 12,000 people across the country, touring to theatres, outdoor spaces and schools with a varied portfolio of interactive, immersive or promenade productions.

Far From The Norm

Da Native

Lyric Square

Tuesday 20 & Wednesday 21 June, 11.45am & 1:30pm

FREE no booking required

Da Native gathers nomads from sacred sanctuaries across the globe to a shared, dusty landscape. Rejoice, as communities come together and ricochet relentless tribal beats off of the face of the homeland.

Established in May 2009, Far From The Norm was founded by Artistic Director Botis Seva and is a collective of dance artists renowned for experimenting with hip hop form whilst tackling socio-political concerns. Far From The Norm’s work portfolio crosses theatre performances, outdoor spectacles and immersive experiences that are renowned for challenging yet inspiring their audiences nationally & internationally.

Dance in the Square

Lyric Square

Monday 26 June, Tuesday 27 June & Wednesday 28 June, various times

FREE no booking required

Watch energetic, dynamic and breath taking performances from the UK’s hottest choreographers hand-picked by the team at DanceWest. DanceWest is the community dance organisation for West London supporting communities to engage and participate with dance.

Monday 26 June

1.15pm & 5.30pm – Urja Desai

1.30pm & 5.45pm – Tim Casson

1.45pm & 6pm – Maria Yacoob

Tuesday 27 June

1.15pm & 5.45pm – Dane Hurst

1.30 & 6pm – Holly Noble

Wednesday 28 June

1.15pm & 5.45pm – Eleanor Parry & David Hay Gordon

1.30pm & 6pm – Henri Oguike


For more information on Lyric in the Square and Young Lyric summer activities visit

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