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Lyric Hammersmith Amazing shows for kids! / 0871 22 117 20 1

What’s Inside? Hello and welcome to our Autumn / Winter 2008 – 09 season for children. At the Lyric we’ve got magical Christmas shows with ice and light, a horsey half-term and Saturday shows packed with live music and interactivity. Where else can you go on colourful adventures with music and mayhem when you’re 2 – 7 years old?

Weekend Fun! 6 Sep / 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm / 40 mins

And don’t forget — the more adventures you go on, the more money you save! For everyone who comes regularly to the Lyric, we’re offering 10% off your tickets if you book for 6 or more children’s shows in advance.

Little Hippo & His Magic Pen Created by Tam Tam Theatre

Little Hippo received lots of presents for his birthday. His favourite present was from Daddy Hippo — a special red pen with some beautiful things inside it. But Little Hippo needs your help to get them out! This interactive version of the popular tale told in english and french, includes the chance to have a go with Little Hippo’s magic pen. Ages 2+ Messy Play (see page 10 for details)

Saturday Shows

Ages 2+ Pages 3 – 9

Messy Play fun workshops Ages 2 – 7 Page 10

A horsey Half-Term Ages 3 – 4 Page 11

Studio Christmas show: Brilliant

Main House Christmas show: Cinderella Ages 7+ Pages 14 and 15

Ticket information and dates for your diary Pages 16 and 17

For older brothers and sisters: Lyric Young Company

Everyone likes Saturdays, but at the Lyric, they are extra special — as there’s always something fun to do. Look out for our Messy Play arts and craft workshops after selected shows too!

Ages 14 – 19 Page 19

Ages 3 – 6 Pages 12 and 13

To book, just call us on 0871 22 117 20* or visit *Calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline. No booking fees. 3

Saturday Shows 13 Sep / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

The Little Red Hen

Created by Stuff and Nonsense Theatre Company Making bread is hard work — it would be a lot easier for Little Red Hen if the lazy farmyard animals got off their reclining sofas and lent a hand. A delightfully barmy show featuring puppets, live music and bread-making and lots and lots of laughter. Featuring British Sign Language. Ages 3+


Adults £8 / Children £6 20 Sep / 11am, 1pm / 45 mins

27 Sep / 11am, 1pm / 60 mins

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice


The Sorcerer’s Apprentice feels a tingling in his fingertips… can he work a spell himself? He snaps his fingers and an old broom starts to take on a life of its own. But will he be able to undo the spell before the Sorcerer returns?

There’s something special about this old teapot. Put your ear to it. You can hear secrets that nobody else knows… Why did Blinky the cat want to jump over the moon? Where did Jack find his Mum’s recipe for success? And who buried the teapot in the turnip patch?

Garlic Theatre conjures a bewitching tale full of mystery and wizardry, with puppets, mime and a touch of real magic… Ages 4+

Last at the Lyric with Lost & Found, don’t miss Theatre Alibi’s actionpacked show, with live music and beautiful puppets. Ages 5+

Created by Garlic Theatre

Created by Theatre Alibi

4 Oct / 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm / 35 mins

Handa’s Surprise

Created by Little Angel Theatre

Come and be transported to another world, full of the rich colours, sights and sounds of Kenya. Handa takes a basket of delicious fruits to the next village as a surprise for her best friend. But along the way a mischievous collection of animals have other plans… With wooden puppets, traditional instruments and African songs. Ages 2+


Saturday Shows 11 Oct / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

The Three Little Pigs

Created by Krazy Kat Theatre Company

Adults £8 / Children £6 18 Oct / 11am, 1pm / 45 mins

Messy Play (see page 10 for details)


15 Nov / 11am, 1pm / 45 mins

Created by Theatre of Widdershins

Created by Garlic Theatre

Tangles? Split ends? Poor Rapunzel is having a bad hair day! Taking the traditional tale right back to its roots, this enchanting show promises plenty of volume and loads of highlights! With innovative puppets and an original soundtrack. Ages 4+

Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard to fetch her poor dog a bone, but when she got there, the cupboard was bare… Or was it? Come on a nursery rhyme journey with glove puppets, clowning and a feast of musical treats. Ages 3+

Rapunzel and the Tower of Doom

Based on the all-time favourite story Little Red Riding Hood, follow a magical path through the woods for a memorable journey with puppetry, colour and specially composed music. Listen to the song of the red box, watch a forest grow before your very eyes and find out how an endearing bear gets in on the action! Ages 3+

Created by Freehand Theatre

When you’re a little pig, it’s a dangerous world out there — the sooner you find out who you can trust, the better… With an array of puppets, music and dance, Krazy Kat continue to astonish and amuse — there’s more than one twist to this version of an old tale! Featuring fully integrated Sign Language. Ages 3+

8 Nov / 11am, 1pm / 55 mins

Little Red… You Know Who!

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Cupboard

Messy Play (see page 10 for details)


Saturday Shows

Adults £8 / Children £6

10 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

17 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

24 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 45 mins

Created by Blue Sky Theatre

The Sun Has Got His Hat On Comical tales and colourful animal puppets from land, sea and sky in a sway-along, bounce-along, sing-along 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+

Messy Play (see page 10 for details)


The Steadfast Tin Soldier

31 Jan / 11am, 1pm / 50 mins

Created by Banyan Theatre

George and the Dragon

Created by Garlic Theatre


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 storytelling. Ages 3+

Brave George is a simple country lad who finds himself taking on the fiery dragon (who likes to eat monks, knights, sheep and princesses!) to win the hand of the princess — but will he be bold enough to fight? Full of puppetry, masks and live music. 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 — and Petrushka is the most unruly puppet of all. Packed with 15 puppets, mime, dance, song, sign language and lots of laughs, don’t miss this new show from the creators of Clownderella. Ages 3+

Messy Play (see page 10 for details)

Created by Krazy Kat Theatre Company

Messy Play (see page 10 for details)


Let’s get messy!

Gallop to the Lyric this October Half Term!

After selected shows

28 October – 01 November

Created by Niki McCretton Directed by Amit Lahav of Gecko Have we got a treat for you! Last year, our Messy Play arts and crafts workshops were so popular, we’ve added more for this season, including some for our Studio Christmas show, Brilliant. Messy Play tickets are £2 each — and with only 25 spaces per workshop, book now to guarantee your seat! With paper, pipe cleaners, glue and glitter, we’ve discovered there’s even more fun to be had after the following shows: 10

6 Sep / 12.15pm, 2.15pm Little Hippo and His Magic Pen / Ages 2+ 11 Oct / 12pm, 2pm The Three Little Pigs / Ages 3+ 15 Nov / 12pm, 2pm Old Mother Hubbard and Her Cupboard / Ages 3+ 26, 29 Nov, 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 22, 23 Dec / 11.30am, 2pm 29 Nov, 06, 13, 20, 22, 23 Dec / 4pm Brilliant / Ages 3 – 6 10 Jan / 12pm, 2pm The Sun Has Got His Hat On / Ages 2+

What happens when you’re a horse and your owner is more interested in watching the telly than taking you out for a ride? When the remote control is unexpectedly dropped within hoofreach, a lonely horse’s life suddenly takes a new tack — she realises she’s not just a dumb animal and starts a quest for a herd, humour and a life without shoes… Having boldly taken Muttnik the Dog into space last season, Niki McCretton returns with tap dancing hooves and nostalgic TV clips of Black Beauty and Champion the Wonder Horse.

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


31 Jan / 12pm, 2pm Petrushka / Ages 3+

Ages 3+ / 50 mins Adults £8 / Children £6 11

Christmas for little people aged 3 – 6… 22 November – 27 December

Created by Fevered Sleep Directed by David Harradine

But where is Reindeer leading you? Through a forest of flickering torches, where the moon comes down to play. To a place that is made of light. Imagine how brilliant that would be. Fevered Sleep were last at the Lyric with their sell out splash-hit And the Rain Falls Down, where fountains of water shot out from the floor and ceiling. This time they are playing with light — prepare to be dazzled. 12

‘One of the companies leading the way in children’s theatre is Fevered Sleep, whose work is always touched by real imagination and a sense of wonder.’ The Guardian A FEVERED SLEEP AND POLKA THEATRE CO-PRODUCTION

Ages 3 – 6 / 40 mins Adults £8 / Children £6 Messy Play arts and crafts workshops £2. See page 10 for more details.

Image: 36 Studios

Imagine it’s bedtime. Imagine it’s time to turn out the light. Imagine the night outside, and the stars, shining bright.


Christmas for bigger people aged 7+… 28 November – 03 January

Written by Ben Power and Melly Still Directed by Melly Still

BUT… Cinderella won’t be going to the Ball — unless she finishes the impossible tasks her sisters have set her. Maybe her friends from the forest can help? Inspired by the original Brothers Grimm tale, the Lyric will be transformed into a spine-tingling winter wonderland, making the spellbinding Cinderella the only show for the whole family to see this Christmas. 14

‘Anyone looking for superior family-friendly December fare should set their sat-navs for Hammersmith.’ Evening Standard A LYRIC HAMMERSMITH AND WARWICK ARTS CENTRE CO-PRODUCTION

Ages 7+ See page 17 for ticket prices You shall go to the Ball! Special Gala / 19 Dec 7pm Put on your finest clothes and join us for an evening of family fun to support the Lyric’s work with young people. Visit the website and check under Special Events for details.

Photo: Bernd Opitz

The King has declared that this winter, there will be a glittering festival of music, magic and dancing so that his son might find the girl of his dreams. Everyone is invited to his ice palace.


Calendar and Tickets

Little Hippo & His Magic Pen

06 Sep 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

The Little Red Hen 13 Sep 11am, 1pm

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice 20 Sep 11am, 1pm


27 Sep 11am, 1pm

Handa’s Surprise 04 Oct

10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm, 2.30pm

The Three Little Pigs 11 Oct

11am, 1pm

Little Red… You Know Who! 18 Oct


28 Oct 29 Oct 30 Oct 31 Oct 01 Nov

11am, 1pm

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

Rapunzel & The Tower of Doom 08 Nov 11am, 1pm

Old Mother Hubbard and Her Cupboard 15 Nov 11am, 1pm 16

Brilliant 21 Nov 22 Nov 25 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 02 Dec 03 Dec 04 Dec 05 Dec 06 Dec 09 Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 16 Dec 17 Dec 18 Dec 19 Dec 20 Dec 22 Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 27 Dec

1pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm 10.30am, 1pm 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm

Cinderella 28 Nov 29 Nov 02 Dec 03 Dec 04 Dec 05 Dec

7pm 2pm, 7pm 10am, 1.30pm 7pm 1.30pm 10am, 7pm

06 Dec 08 Dec 09 Dec 10 Dec 11 Dec 12 Dec 13 Dec 15 Dec 16 Dec 17 Dec 18 Dec 19 Dec 20 Dec 22 Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 27 Dec 29 Dec 30 Dec 31 Dec 02 Jan 03 Jan

2pm, 7pm 10am, 1.30pm 1.30pm 10am, 1.30pm 10am, 1.30pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 10am, 1.30pm 1.30pm 10am, 1.30pm 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 2pm, 7pm 2pm, 7pm 2pm 2pm, 7pm 7pm 2pm, 7pm 2pm 2pm, 7pm 2pm, 7pm

The Sun Has Got His Hat On 10 Jan 0871 22 117 20* *Calls cost 10p a minute from a BT landline. No booking fees

Saturday Shows, Hoof! & Brilliant

Adults £8 Children and concessions £6 Family Ticket £25 for 4 seats (must include one child) Nurseries and Schools £6 Special Offer Save 10% off your tickets if you book for 6 or more childrens shows at the same time.


Adults £15 – £27 16 –25s / Concs £10 Family Ticket £50 for 4 seats (must include one child and be booked before opening night) £10 Nights 29 Nov – 17 Dec (excl. 12 and 13 Dec)

11am, 1pm

The Steadfast Tin Soldier 17 Jan

11am, 1pm

George and the Dragon 24 Jan

11am, 1pm

Petrushka 31 Jan

11am, 1pm

Messy Play arts and crafts workshops £2 Please see page 10 for details 25 places per workshop. 17


For older brothers and sisters

Age Ranges

Visitors with Disabilities

All our shows have age recommendations but these are guidelines only. Children can only be admitted with adequate 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 visitors. For more information call 0871 22 117 20 or visit

Interested in performing / writing / directing / singing / dancing ?

This brochure is available in large print format. Please call 0871 22 117 20 or email for your copy.

If you’re aged 14 – 19, for just £5 you can joing the Lyric’s Young Company and find out how theatre REALLY works.

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. 18

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.

As well as the chance to be in productions, LYC members also get: to meet performers / to see loads of great theatre / cheap tickets / workshops / talks and events / news updates / qualifications and work experience.

JOIN NOW! Download a membership form from, email us at or call us on 0208 741 6863. Supported by The Wates Foundation and The Jack Petchey Foundation. The LYC is open to young people who live in or attend a school in Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Harrow, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Ealing, Brent, Richmond and Wandsworth. 19

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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

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