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Diana Hardcastle in Seventeen at the Lyric Hammersmith (Photo: Dan Hipkin)

Lyric Hammersmith announces Seventeen casting

Published January 27, 2017

Matthew Whittet’s poignantly funny play Seventeen, under the direction of Anne-Louise Sarks, makes its European premiere in the Lyric’s new UK production after premiering to sell out audiences and critical acclaim at Belvoir, Sydney in 2015.

The Lyric Hammersmith has today announced full casting: Sarah Ball will be playing Lizzy, Michael Feast will be playing Mike, Mike Grady will be playing Ronny, Diana Hardcastle will be playing Jess, Margot Leicester will be playing Emilia and Richard Cordery will be playing Tom.

Funny, wise and a little bit sad, Seventeen, a play about teenagers performed by a cast of veteran stage actors, will turn our notions of adulthood and adolescence on their head. The play is set in the time after the end of the last day of school, but just before everyone moves on. It’s about the cusp of adulthood, the cusp of complete change. 

Jess (Diana Hardcastle) is Mike’s (Michael Feast) girlfriend. Tom (Richard Cordery) is Mike’s best friend, but he’s secretly in love with Jess. Emilia (Margot Leicester) is Jess’s best friend and she’s about to get drunk for the first time. Lizzy (Sarah Ball) is Mike’s annoying younger sister. And Ronny (Mike Grady), well no-one invited Ronny and no one’s quite sure why he’s there. As dawn approaches, through a fog of cheap beer, dreams are shared, insecurities aired and secrets spilled.

Seventeen plays from Saturday 4 March – Saturday 8 April, with previews from Monday 6-Monday 13 March and press night on Tuesday 14 March.

You can book your tickets through the venue’s website.

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