A new stage adaptation of Derek Jarman’s seminal cult punk film, Jubilee, transfers to the Lyric Hammersmith this summer, starring Toyah Willcox.
Derek Jarman’s iconic film Jubilee captured punk at its giddy height: a riot of music, DIY fashion, and every kind of sex – with a little pyromania thrown in. Now, forty years on, this new stage adaptation of Jubilee remixes it for the social and political turmoil of 2017.
Faith in the establishment collapsing everywhere. The far-right on the march. Culture wars and random violence – all decked out in red, white and blue. But a spirit of anarchy hangs in the air, the desire to burn it all down and start over… This can only be 1977… right?
Centred around a marauding girl gang on a killing spree and a time-travelling Queen Elizabeth I, Jubilee is the story of what happens when creativity and nihilism collide.
Featuring a soundtrack to die (horribly) for, and with a cast led by one of the film’s original cast members, legendary punk warrior Willcox, Jubilee is a free-spirited, gloriously rude, take-no-prisoners blast of a show, for young punks, old punks, and anyone who’s ever wanted to set the world on fire.
The Lyric Hammersmith’s main house auditorium will be reconfigured to recreate in part the Royal Exchange’s theatre in-the-round, in a theatrical experience quite unlike any other on the London theatre scene.
Please note Jubilee carries an age recommendation of 16+. In the spirit of the play’s punk heritage, the show contains strong language, nudity and sexually explicit content throughout.
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