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Absolute Beginners

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About the Show Less...

Sexual liberalism, gang culture and racial tension in 1950s London. Read More >

Absolute BeginnersLondon, 1958. Teenagers are blowing away the cobwebs of post-war life  the absolute beginners are creating the world anew. A Vespa-riding young photographer takes a trip through the gritty and glamorous streets of West London, chasing the love of his life. But behind the jazz, sex and drugs of the new age lies a simmering cauldron of racial hatred that threatens to ignite at any moment.

Not recommended for under-14s.

For more about this production, please read the First Night Feature.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 26/04/2007

Opening Night: 03/05/2007

Closing Night: 26/05/2007

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Cast & Creative


Micah Balfour, James Clyde, Richard Frame, Darren Hart, Joanne Matthews, Sid Mitchell, Tosin Olomowewe, Rachel Sanders, David Sibley, Tom Stuart


Director - Liam Steel

Producer - Kate McGrath of Fuel

Designer - Lizzie Clachan

Lighting Designer - Guy Hoare

Sound - Nick Manning

Author - Based on the book by Colin MacInnes

About Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL

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