The production, the first professional UK production Bond has allowed of his explosive play in 25 years, follows the Lyric's Olivier Award-winning revival of Sarah Kane's equally controversial, Bond-inspired work, Blasted, at the Hammersmith playhouse last year. Bond will also work with the theatre to present three of his one-act plays in the Lyric Studio.
A regular at the Royal Court in the 1960s and 70s, Bond has been enjoying something of a resurgence in London’s Theatreland since 2008 when Jonathan Kent presented the overdue West End premiere of Bond’s 1973 play The Sea as part of the Theatre Royal Haymarket’s inaugural in-house season. In the new year, Patrick Stewart will reprise his 2010 Chichester performance in Bond’s Bingo at the Young Vic.
Other highlights in Holmes’ new 2011/2012 Lyric season, announced today, will include Kneehigh Theatre’s latest project The Wild Bride, making its London debut before embarking on a national tour, Christmas pantomime Aladdin continuing the venue's commitment to a festival family show, Frantic Assembly returning to the Lyric with Lovesong, a new play written in collaboration with Abi Morgan, and Holmes reuniting with Filter to present their version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night's Dream.
The full seasons main house schedule is as follows:
In the Lyric Studio Edward Bond’s three shorts Chair, The Under Room and Have I None will be performed alongside a series of events in April 2012 - with full performance dates still to be announced. Bond himself will direct Chair, originally broadcast as a radio play on BBC Radio 4 in 2000 whilst The Under Room and Have I None will be presented in rep. Lyric artistic director Sean Holmes will helm Have I None with Bond also directing The Under Room.