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City Of Glass

Lyric Hammersmith

The first part of Paul Auster’s landmark series of novels The New York Trilogy is brought vividly to life on the Lyric Hammersmith stage in an original stage adaptation by 59 Productions and Duncan Macmillan.

City Of Glass, the first part of Paul Auster’s landmark series of novels, The New York Trilogy, is brought vividly to life on the Lyric Hammersmith stage in an original stage adaptation by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan. 

“It was a wrong number that started it.”  When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious phone call from a man seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a real-life thriller of his own. He falls under the spell of a strange and seductive woman, who engages him to protect her young husband from his sociopathic father.

As the familiar territory of the noir detective genre gives way to something altogether more disturbing and unpredictable, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality. Will he be drawn deeper into the abyss, or might unmasking this dark story of familial abuse and religious conspiracy provide the purpose and meaning he needs to rebuild his shattered life? 

Featuring design inspired by the acclaimed graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, this brand new production will feature cutting edge projection-mapping, which combined with stagecraft, magic and illusion, will immerse audiences into Quinn’s increasingly dystopic and fragmented world. 

In 2017 Auster turns 70 and The New York Trilogy, his first ever work of prose fiction, marks three decades in publication. 

Age Recommendation: 14+.

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Hammersmith (150m)

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9, 10, 27, 33, 72, 91, 190, 209, 211, 220, 266, 267, 290, 390, 391, 609, 700, 702, 740

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Cast & Creative


Vivienne Acheampong, Mark Edel-Hunt, Chris New, Jack Tarlton


Director - Leo Warner

Producer - A 59 Productions, Lyric Hammersmith and HOME production with Karl Sydow

Lighting Designer - Matt Daw

Movement Director - Kim Brandstrup

Set Designer - Jenny Melville

Sound - Gareth Fry

Author - Paul Auster

Music By - Nick Powell

ABOUT Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL