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Laura Wade to adapt Tipping the Velvet for Lyric Hammersmith

Laura Wade, who will adapt Sarah Waters' Tipping the Velvet for the stage.
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Laura Wade is to pen a new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet, which will run at the Lyric Hammersmith.

The production, directed by Lyndsey Turner, will run in the Lyric’s main house from September 18 to October 24, with press night on September 28.

Waters said she was “thrilled” that her novel would be brought to life on stage, adding: “I can think of no better setting for the play than the lush Lyric interior, and no more exciting creative talents than those of writer Laura Wade and director Lyndsey Turner.”

Tipping the Velvet is a co-production with the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh. It will have design by Lizzie Clachan, lighting by Jon Clark, sound by Nick Manning and choreography by Alistair David.

Music will be by Michael Bruce, while Julia Horan will cast the show.

The production forms part of the Lyric’s autumn/winter season, which also includes a new pantomime of Cinderella by Tom Wells.

It is the second pantomime Wells has written for the Lyric, following Dick Whittington and His Cat in 2014.

Cinderella will run from November 21 to January 3, 2016, with press night on November 28.

The season also includes Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, which will return for a fourth year to the Lyric Studio in the run up to Christmas.

The show is a co-production with Pins and Needles and will be directed by Emma Earle. Design will be by Zoe Squire, while lighting will be by George Ogilvie and music and sound by Lucy Rivers.

Max Humphries will design and make puppets for the production, which will run from November 20 to December 24.

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