1st Night Photos: More Young Punks Rock LyricDate: 9 September 2009
Simon Stephens' Punk Rock, the inaugural production of Sean Holmes' tenure as artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith (See News, 3 Jun 2009), opened last night (9 September 2009, previews from 3 September).
The play, described by Whatsonstage.com's Michael Coveney as “something of a companion piece” to Spring Awakening (See Today's Review), the alt-rock musical which was a hit for the Lyric earlier in the year, draws on Stephens’ own experience as a teacher to paint a portrait of seven young people with their sense of dislocation and simmering violence.
Several members of the Spring Awakening cast turned out to lend their support last night, as did actors, writers and celebrities including Ian McKellen, Martin Sherman, Andy Nyman, The League of Gentlemen's Jeremy Dyson and TV presenter Miquita Oliver.
TO SCROLL THROUGH ALL OF PUNK ROCK's 1st NIGHT PHOTOS,
A Lyric artistic associate, Simon Stephens’ other plays – seen at the National, Royal Court and elsewhere - include Harper Regan, Motortown, Pornography, Herons and On the Shore of the Wide World, which was helmed by Royal Exchange joint artistic director Sarah Frankcom, also directs Punk Rock.
Punk Rock is co-produced by the Royal Exchange and will transfer to the Manchester venue following its premiere run at the Lyric, which finishes on 26 September 2009.