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Ghost Stories, Tyrone Huntley and Bloc Party's Kele Okereke feature in new Lyric Hammersmith season

Other highlights include 1927’s ”The Animals and Children Took to the Streets”

Andy Nyman, Sean Holmes and Jeremy Dyson
Andy Nyman, Sean Holmes and Jeremy Dyson
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The Lyric Hammersmith has announced its spring 2019 season, the final season of artistic director Sean Holmes' tenure at the venue.

After the worldwide success of the movie adaptation, Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson's Ghost Stories will return to the London stage from 29 March to 11 May. Directed by Dyson, Nyman and Holmes, the production – which premiered at Liverpool Playhouse in 2010 before transferring to the Lyric Hammersmith and the West End – will be designed by Jon Bausor, with lighting by James Farncombe and sound by Nick Manning. Ghost Stories revolves around a lecture on supernatural experiences.

Kicking off the season from 18 January to 16 February is Leave to Remain, a new play with songs by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke (the lead singer of Bloc Party). Directed by Robby Graham, the piece stars Tyrone Huntley as Obi and is about a young gay couple suddenly faced with an uncertain future. It will have design by Rebecca Brower.

Acclaimed theatre company 1927 will revive The Animals and Children Took to the Streets from 19 February to 16 March. Directed and written by Suzanne Andrade, this highly acclaimed show blends live music, animation and live performance to tell a story about a mother and daughter's arrival at the infamous Bayou Mansions. With film, animation and design by Paul Barritt, music by Lillian Henley and costume by Sarah Munro and Esme Appleton.

Kneehigh returns to the Lyric for the final production of the season, with their much-celebrated play Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). Written by Carl Grose and with music by Charles Hazlewood, this co-production with Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse runs from 21 May to 15 June and is based on the Beggar's Opera, which ran at the Lyric for 1463 performances in 1920. Directed by Mike Shepherd this morality tale of our times will feature a cast of actor-musicians.