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Ghost Stories returns to the Lyric Hammersmith as part of Sean Holmes’ final season

Andy Nyman in Ghost Stories. Photo: Tristram Kenton Andy Nyman in Ghost Stories. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Ghost Stories is to return for a run at the Lyric Hammersmith as part of artistic director Sean Holmes’ last season, which will also feature a new play with songs starring Tyrone Huntley.

Ghost Stories, which originated at the west London theatre in 2010, will play at the theatre again from March 29 to May 11, with press night on April 5.

The play is written by Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman, who also direct the show with Holmes.

Holmes described it as a “monumental moment” when it was first staged and said it had gone on to achieve “worldwide cult status”.

Huntley is to star in Leave to Remain, the world premiere of a play with songs, written by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke, lead singer of Bloc Party.

It will be directed by Robby Graham and designed by Rebecca Brower.

The show is about a young gay couple “faced with an uncertain future”.

The play runs from January 18 to February 16, with press night on January 24.

Other productions in the season include The Animals and Children Took to the Streets, from theatre company 1927.

It is directed by Suzanne Andrade and runs from February 19 to March 16, with press night on February 22.

Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs), written by Carl Grose and directed by Mike Shepherd, will run from May 21 to June 15. Press night is May 23. The production will then tour, with dates to be announced.

Holmes, who announced he was stepping down in May this year, said: “Our new spring season is everything I’ve always strived for the Lyric to be – provocative, entertaining and eclectic bringing the best theatre artists to our beautiful Hammersmith home. 
I’m especially excited by the potential of our first show of the season, Leave to Remain, a new play with songs.”

He added: “We have brought leading artists from different fields together – Matt is one of the UK’s 
leading television writers, Kele is an astonishing musical talent, both as a solo artist and with his band Bloc Party, Robby has a beautifully physical choreographic style and Rebecca is an exciting award-winning designer. They are creating something unique for us and I can’t wait to experience this truly special piece of work. “



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