The Lyric will present the first professional production of Simon Stephen’s Herons since the play premiered at the Royal Court in 2001, directed by artistic director Sean Holmes. This is followed by the return of their co- production with Filter Theatre of A Midsummer Night’s Dream last staged in 2012.
Whilst the Royal Opera will present, two contemporary operas, Pleasure by Mark Simpson featuring well-known British soprano Lesley Garrett and the world premiere of Sarah Kane’s 4:48 Psychosis by Philip Venables, both presented in association with the Lyric.
Currently playing is Laura Wade’s new adaptation of Sarah Waters’ bestselling novel Tipping the Velvet directed by Lyndsey Turner which will transfer to the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh from Wednesday 28th October. Over the festive season audiences will be treated to a new pantomime of Cinderella, by Tom Wells and Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas in the studio.
Holmes said: "We are delighted to announce our 2016 Spring Season - a provocative and playful programme of reimagined texts. The return of Filter's crazed Dream; a disrespectful revival of Herons - Simon Stephens’s searing examination of pained youth - and the premiere of two radical new operas Philip Venables' adaptation of Sarah Kane's 4:48 Psychosis as well as Mark Simpson's Pleasure."