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Amazing shows for children! Lyric Hammersmith / 0871 22 117 20

Calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline, other networks may vary.

What’s Inside?

This season, we have lots in store to keep Saturdays and holidays fun. With twists on classic fairy tales to brand new stories with music, puppets and lots of audience participation, we’ve got it covered.

February Half Term: The Ugly Duckling Ages 3+ See opposite

Easter Holiday Fun: Hang On Ages 5+ Pages 4 & 5

Easter Holiday Fun: What a Wonderful World Ages 2+ Page 6

Summer Half Term: The Sun Dragon

Our Saturday shows tend to sell out very quickly, so book as soon as you can to avoid disappointed faces. If you book 6 shows in advance, we can offer you a 10% discount on all tickets — this includes Easter and Half Term shows too.

16 – 21 February

So why not get ahead and book a great deal this season? We all like something to look forward to!

Saturday Shows From Ages 2+ Pages 7 – 12

Messy Play Workshops From Ages 2+ Page 13

Summer Party

Ages 2+ Page 15

Ticket Information & Dates for your Diary

Created by Travelling Light and Tobacco Factory Theatre Spring has sprung, and Mother Duck’s eggs are hatching! But the last duckling to emerge is scruffy and clumsy — nothing like his fluffy yellow siblings who tease him for being ‘different’… Join one ugly duckling’s adventure as he sets off on an epic journey (including ice skating on a very thin frozen lake and narrowly escaping an old lady’s cooking pot) to find

the place where he truly belongs. The creators of the Lyric Half Term sell-out show Shadow Play present a new adaptation of this classic tale filled with music and puppetry. ‘Comic and bright with theatrical invention.’ Times Ages 3+ / 50 mins Adults £8 / Children £6

Pages 16 –19

Ages 4+ Page 7

To book, just call us on 0871 22 117 20* or visit *Calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline, other networks may vary. No booking fees.

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A big hello and welcome to you from everyone at the Lyric.

You’d be quackers to miss Half Term at the Lyric


Fun for all — even those who don’t like heights 15 – 25 April

Be catapulted into an aerial world of ‘The company has put the play dizzying new thrills where the impossible back into the play and produced becomes possible as a giant spinning some of our most outstanding mobile appears before your eyes. theatre of the past decade.’ Guardian on Theatre-Rites Hang On is a playful journey into the stratosphere from the award‘Dazzling airborne routines.’ winning companies Theatre-Rites and Daily Telegraph on Ockham’s Razor aerialists Ockham’s Razor. Dramatically suspended above the Lyric Main House ‘No matter your age, it should leave stage, Hang On is a family spectacle, you feeling stimulated, rib-tickled, mixing contemporary circus, movement, lighter than when you walked humour and live percussion. in and glad to be alive.’ Times on Theatre-Rites’ Mischief A THEATRE-RITES, OCKHAM’S RAZOR AND LYRIC HAMMERSMITH CO-PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH YORK THEATRE ROYAL.


Ages 5+ / Approx 70 mins Adults from £15 / Children £10

Image: Patrick Baldwin and Machiko Hombu

Created by Theatre-Rites and Ockham’s Razor


Easter holiday fun for ages 2+

An intergalactic fairy tale for ages 4 to infinity

6 – 11 April

26 – 30 May

Created by Lyngo Theatre Following adventures with Egg and Spoon and Circus Minimus, acclaimed children’s company Lyngo tackle the whole universe this Easter — but they need your help to do it!

Created by Gomito Productions Join Gomito following their sell-out show Little Red Things as they take you on an adventure with Jacob, a boy who dreams of flying. He has just one night to save a distant world from darkness. Jacob’s quest starts in his back garden and ends light years away on a planet full of magical creatures.

Before anything new is made, it must first be dreamed. Hop on the sleeper train and dance with the stars as your dreams help them to make a show that is out of this world. Lyngo’s trademark mix of imagination and the everyday combine to create a brand new show for little ones.

Lyric First Previews

Come along to a preview showing in January, tell us what you think and then see the finished show in April. Tickets for the Lyric First are just £3. Ages 2+ / 40 mins Adults £8 / Children £6 6

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of What a Wonderful World on 15 – 17 Jan 11am

To save the day, Jacob must face a wizard, a witch, four tricky traders and an oracle. Using his knowledge of science and his brilliant imagination, he must overcome problems big and small to reach the greatest challenge of them all — The Sun Dragon. ‘As magical an experience as anything conjured up by Harry Potter or Narnia’ Primary Times on The Sun Dragon Ages 4+ / 50 mins Adults £8 / Children £6 7

Saturday Shows

Adults £8 / Children £6

10 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

17 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

24 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 45 mins

31 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

Created by Blue Sky Theatre

Created by Banyan Theatre

Created by Garlic Theatre

Created by Krazy Kat Theatre Company

The Sun Has Got His Hat On

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

Comical tales and colourful animal puppets from land, sea and sky in a sway-a-long, bounce-a-long, sing-a-long romp of musical storytelling. Inspired by the Anansi folktales and rhythms of the Caribbean, this show is fun for all the family — because everyone loves Carnival! Ages 2+

The Steadfast Tin Soldier tumbles from a window ledge and begins an adventure into the unknown… A charming adaptation of the traditional tale by Hans Christian Andersen told with puppetry, music and storeytelling. Ages 3+

Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)

Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)


George and the Dragon In a cave under the castle lurks a dragon waiting to devour monks, knights, sheep and princesses… Will brave George be bold enough to challenge the fiery dragon or will he run away? This award-winning show brings together a delicious mix of rod and glove puppetry, clowning and comedy. Ages 5+


Set in an old Russian fair, Krazy Kat Theatre tell the story of a mysterious travelling showman and his magical puppets that come alive. Petrushka is the most unruly puppet of all. Packed with puppets, mime, dance, song, sign language and lots of laughs, don’t miss this new show from the creators of Clownderella. Ages 3+ Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)


Saturday Shows 07 Feb / 11am, 1pm / 40 mins The Dream Tree Created by Tam Tam Theatre Tortoise dreams of a miraculous tree, bearing all the fruits of the earth — but which animal will be clever enough to find it? The creators of Jabuti and Tiddalick are back with a new African tale that is ‘delightful… vividly told and had it’s very young audience gripped throughout’ (Time Out). With music and amazing puppets. Ages 3+


Adults £8 / Children £6 28 Feb / 11am, 1pm / 60 mins

07 Mar / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

Created by Lyngo Theatre

Created by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre

Hansel and Gretel

Set off with Hansel and Gretel on a journey that takes them from a house with empty cupboards to a house made of sweets and then to someone who just loves children — on toast! Lyric favourites Lyngo with Patrick Lynch from Cbeebies Razzledazzle (also here for Easter) serve up a musical theatre treat with their own special recipe of performances and captivating songs. Ages 4+

14 Mar / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

Across the Deep Blue Sea

Terry Jones’ Fairy Tales

A tiny boat, a little lost man and the great wide ocean — how can he get home? And why does that fish keep biting him on the bottom? Singing whales, acrobatic dolphins and lots of deep-sea creatures swim to the surface in this aquatic adventure from the makers of the sell-out Dragon’s Teeth and Other Tales. Featuring puppetry, animation, live-music and the odd squirt of water. Ages 5+

The star of Dr Nose Travels through Time is back! Thurtinkle is a wise old gnome with a big nose, a big heart and a big appetite for sniffing out stories! With author Terry Jones’ witty writing style mixed with puppets, percussion and participation, find out why Thurtinkle loves his beautiful big nose and laugh at the crazy antics of two greedy robbers. Ages 4+

Created by DNA Puppetry and Visual Theatre


Saturday Shows 21 Mar / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

Adults £8 / Children £6 28 Mar / 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm / 45 mins

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

Pick ‘n’ Myths

Following Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus — our favourite feathered friend is back with a new story! The Bus Driver says it’s time for bed but Pigeon wants to stay up late… with lots of laughs and audience participation. Ages 3+

Come and hear all about the king who grew donkeys’ ears, the minotaur trapped in a maze and a little boy who learned to fly in a musical storytelling show based on Greek myths. With lots of songs, audience participation, friendly monsters and silly hats. Ages 3+

Created by Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company

Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)


25 Apr / 11am, 1pm / 45 mins

The Princess and the Pea

02 May / 11am, 1pm / 60 mins


Created by Banyan Theatre Company

Created by Indefinite Articles

A playful and comic story of a prince in search of a ‘real’ princess, a tower of mattresses and of course a tiny pea. A quirky and intimate adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s bedtime tale told with puppets and dreamlike projections. Ages 2+

Set in a carpenter’s workshop, this is the classic tale of the puppet that wants to be a real boy. See Pinocchio carved live on stage! Every show is unique, as puppetry, illusion and music combine to create a witty and inventive show with a big heart. Ages 4+

Created by The Onassis Programme

Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)


Saturday Shows 09 May / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

Room on the Broom

Created by Tall Stories How the cat purred and how the witch grinned, as they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind… until it blew away the witch’s hat! When her friends find it, they hop on the broom for a ride — but it snaps in two! Will there ever be room on the broom? Songs and laughs from the creators of The Gruffalo. Ages 3+ Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)

Let’s get messy! 16 May / 11am, 1pm / 50 Mins The Frog Princess Created by Wild Wood Theatre Company

After selected shows

When Ivan tries to save his frog fiancée (who is really a beautiful princess under a spell) she ends up being banished to the edge of the earth. Join Ivan on his perilous journey to win back his true love. Based on an enchanting Russian folktale, told with puppetry and live gypsy music. Ages 5+ Join us after the show for Messy Play (see page 15 for details)

If you fancy getting your mitts on glitter, glue, stickers and pipe cleaners on a Saturday afternoon, be sure to check out Messy Play this year after selected Saturday shows.

10 Jan / 12pm, 2pm The Sun Has Got His Hat On / Ages 2+

Tickets are just £2 each — and with only 25 spaces per workshop, book now to guarantee your place!

21 Mar / 12pm, 2pm Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay up Late! / Ages 3+

17 Jan / 12pm, 2pm The Steadfast Tin Soldier / Ages 3+ 31 Jan / 12pm, 2pm Petrushka / Ages 3+

25 Apr / 12pm, 2pm The Princess and the Pea / Ages 2+ 9 May / 12pm, 2pm Room on the Broom / Ages 3+ 16 May / 12pm, 2pm The Frog Princess / Ages 5+



Summer holiday fun


11 July

A flowery FREE fun day out for all the family! Write an idea on a flower petal and watch it blossom — to become part of a live show, a film, a mosaic, a projection or a song. You can watch, take part or simply help us fill the Lyric with giant tulips! Celebrate the great British Summer the only way the Lyric can! In 2007 we danced with umbrellas and it wasn’t even raining; last year we brought the humble British handkerchief centre stage and this year we are helping our new garden grow with a Bloomin’ Marvellous Summer Party. It is going to be a fun packed day of shows and activities for all the family created by Peepolykus and some of London’s best theatre makers. From ages 2+ All day FREE event 16

Age Ranges

Visitors with Disabilities

All our shows have age recommendations but these are guidelines only. Children can only be admitted with adult supervision. We welcome babies, but if they cry we ask that you take them outside.

We are committed to ensuring the Lyric is welcoming and fully accessible to all visitors. For more information call 0871 22 117 20 or visit

Food and Drink for Children and Families Café Brera at the Lyric is open every day. They offer children’s lunch boxes and also cater for children’s parties if you want to make your visit to the Lyric extra special. For more information call Café Brera on 020 8741 6835.

This brochure is available in large print format. Please call 0871 22 117 20 or email for your copy. All information contained in this brochure was correct at the time of going to print, but we reserve the right to make changes to our programme where necessary. 17

Calendar and Tickets

The Sun Has Got His Hat On

10 Jan 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm

Lyric First: What a Wonderful World 14 Jan 15 Jan 16 Jan

11am 11am 11am

The Steadfast Tin Soldier

17 Jan 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm

George and the Dragon

24 Jan

11am, 1pm

Petrushka 31 Jan 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm The Dream Tree 07 Feb

11am, 1pm

The Ugly Duckling

16 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19 Feb 20 Feb 21 Feb


3pm 11am, 2pm 11am, 2pm 11am, 2pm 11am, 2pm 11am, 2pm

Hansel and Gretel 28 Feb

11am, 1pm

Across the Deep Blue Sea 07 Mar

11am, 1pm

Terry Jones’ Fairy Tales 14 Mar

11am, 1pm

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

21 Mar 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm

Pick ‘n’ Myths

28 Mar

10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

What a Wonderful World!

7 Apr 8 Apr 9 Apr 11 Apr

11am, 1pm, 3pm 11am, 1pm, 3pm 11am, 1pm, 3pm 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Hang On

15 Apr 16 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr 20 Apr 21 Apr 22 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 25 Apr

7pm 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm

The Princess and the Pea

25 Apr 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm


02 May 11am, 1pm

Room on the Broom

09 May 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm

The Frog Princess

16 May 11am, 1pm Followed by Messy Play at 12pm & 2pm

The Sun Dragon

26 May 27 May 28 May 29 May 30 May

3.00pm 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm 10.30am, 12.30pm 10.30am, 12.30pm 10.30am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm

Summer Party

11 Jul

10am – 4pm 0871 22 117 20* *Calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline, other networks may vary. No booking fees.

Saturday Shows, The Ugly Duckling, What a Wonderful World & The Sun Dragon

Adults £8 Children and Concessions £6 Family Ticket £25 for 4 seats (must include one child and be booked the day before the show opens) Nurseries and Schools £6

Hang On

Adults £15 – £24 16 – 25s and Concessions £10 Family Ticket £50 for 4 seats (must include one child and be booked before the 15 April) Special Offer Save 10% off your tickets if you book for 6 or more childrens shows at the same time.

Lyric First:

What a Wonderful World All tickets £3

Messy Play

Messy Play arts & crafts workshops £2 Please see page 15 for details 25 places per workshop. 19

Come & visit!








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Travelling to the Lyric By Tube to Hammersmith (zone 2) District, Piccadilly and Hammersmith & City Lines. We are 2 minutes walk from the station. By Car The Lyric is outside the congestion charging zone and there is a large and inexpensive car park nearby on Glenthorne Road. Lyric Hammersmith Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL Registered Charity, No. 278518

Artistic Director David Farr Executive Director Jessica Hepburn

To plan your journey visit or call 020 7222 1234 (Textphone 020 7918 3015) Contacting Us We’re always happy to hear from you Telephone 0871 22 117 20 Fax 020 8741 5965 e-mail

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Lyric Hammersmith Childrens Brochure Spring 2009  

What's on in Spring and Summer for children in west London? Catch the Lyric Hammersmith's series of Saturday shows, Theatre-Rites and Ockham...