New productions by Fevered Sleep and Oily Cart, plus a brand new pantomime production of Jack And The Beanstalk, form the autumn children’s theatre season at the Lyric Hammersmith.
The venue, which takes a break after the annual family-friendly Summer Party on 11 July, resumes normal service in the autumn with shows for half term and Christmas for little ones and older children.
Fevered Sleep, whose previous productions Brilliant and And The Rain Falls Down have been seen at the Lyric Hammersmith, returns to West London with its new show The Forest from 24-31 October. Suitable for ages 5 to 7, The Forest conjures a place of adventure, full of vivid images and bursting with life.
Over the Christmas season the Lyric Hammersmith presents the pantomime Jack And The Beanstalk, which runs in the main house from 21 November to 9 January. Directed by Steve Marmion, Jack And The Beanstalk is a collaboration between writers Richard Bean (England People Very Nice at the National Theatre), comedian Jocelyn Jee Esien (TV’s Little Miss Jocelyn), Joel Horwood (I Caught Crabs In Walberswick at the Bush theatre) and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm. It has music by Steven Edis, the composer of many popular pantomimes for Hackney Empire. Jack And The Beanstalk is a return to the traditional pantomime following last year’s sinister version of Cinderella, for which director Melly Still turned the venue into a snow-capped forest.
While Jack And The Beanstalk is suitable for all ages, Oily Cart returns to the Lyric Hammersmith over the same period with a show for 3 to 6 year olds. Multi-sensory show Christmas Baking Time, which runs from 27 November to 3 January, will fill the theatre with the aroma of Christmas baking as two playful bakers battle through flour sandstorms, forests of breadstick trees and mountains of crust.