Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play to Make U.K. Premiere at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre | Playbill

International News Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play to Make U.K. Premiere at Lyric Hammersmith Theatre

Here's what else is playing the London theatre for its 2023 season.

Jocelyn Bioh

London's Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its 2023 season, which will launch with the transfer of Dario Fo and Franca Rame's Accidental Death of an Anarchist March 13, 2023. Following in the season will also be the U.K. premiere of Jocelyn Bioh's School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play.

Starring in the revival of Accidental Death of an Anarchist will be BAFTA winner Daniel Rigby (Noises Off, Netflix's Black Mirror) in a new adaptation by BAFTA nominee Tom Basden (Netflix's After Life, BBC's Here We Go). Daniel Raggett (Anna XWest Side Story) will direct the co-production with Sheffield Theatres, presented in association with Playful Productions. The run is set for March 13-April 8,2023 with opening night set for March 17.

Following April 15, 2023, Nina Segal's (O, Island!Hanna) adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan will be staged. Directed by Anthony Lau (ROCKAnna Karenina), the co-production with English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres will star Nick Blakeley, Melody Brown, Aidan Cheng, Jon Chew, Callum Coates, Togo Igawa, Suni La, Camille Mallet de Chauny, Louise Mai Newberry, Tim Samuels, Ami Tredrea, and Leon Wan. The production will open April 20 and run through May 13.

Making its U.K. premiere beginning June 8, Jocelyn Bioh's (Goddess The MusicalNollywood) comedy School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play will open June 14 under the direction of Monique Touko (MalindadzimuThe Clinic). Performances are set through July 15.

The season will also include cultural and educational events attached to its productions, Katherine Soper's new adaptation of Euripides' The Bacchae with direction by Kwame Owusuand the return of curated festival For the Culture: Celebrations of Blackness.

    A new adaptation of Euripides’ The Bacchae by Katherine Soper, directed by Kwame Owusu and performed by actors from the Lyric’s ground-breaking performance training programme, SPRINGBOARD, will run in the Studio in July 2023

    The theatre has also announced free first night tickets for locals living or working in Hammersmith & Fulham, discounted rates for schools, and its Young Lyric Membership for audience members aged 0-25 years living in West London.

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