Johana BaldellaJohana BaldellaApril 12, 2017


The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to present the 2017 Autumn season of Little Lyric especially for audiences aged between 2-11 years. The season includes the return of some Little Lyric favourites, as well as some new companies who will all be sure to delight young audiences with adventures, magic and enchanting stories. Over the October half term children can enjoy the classic story of Burglar Bill adapted from the popular book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and the much-loved family favourite, Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas returns for the festive season especially for Under-6s and their families.


Little Lyric continues to be a mainstay of the Lyric programme with the current season playing to 93% capacity, and due to this popular demand the Lyric have expanded the season to include extra dates at May half term.

Full Season:

  •  The Emperor’s New Clothes

Tue 30 May – Sat 03 June

11am & 2pm / 60 mins

Age 5 – 11


 An inventive romp through the tale of the eccentric Emperor who loves clothes more than anything but doesn’t realise the spectacle he is about to make!

  •  Isabel’s Well

Sat 09 September

11am & 1pm / 70 mins

Ages 3 – 7


 I know a girl, I’d like you to meet her. She’ll give you a smile, whenever you greet her. She’s got a secret, that she wants to tell. Her name is Isabel… and she has a well.


  • Little Red Robin Hood

Sat 16 September

11am & 1pm / 45mins

Ages 3 – 8


 A long time ago in a deep dark wood, lived a lovely little boy who loved Grandma’s pud and his name was Little Red Robin Hood.

  •  Pat-A-Cake Baby

Sat 23 September

11am & 1pm / 45mins

Ages 2 – 7


 Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s Pat-a-cake time! Pitter-patter – get the butter. Glitzy-glossy – whisk in sugar. Jokey-yolky – add the eggs and feel stuffed to the brim with magic.

  •  Tales in the Attic

Sat 30 September

11am & 1pm / 45 mins

Ages 3 – 6


 Meet Kronos and welcome to his attic! Kronos has been gathering stories and tales of things gone by and he’s excited to share the best of them with you.

  •  Blown Away 

From the book by Rob Biddulph

Sat 07 October

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 3 – 8


Meet Penguin Blue and friends as they go on an acrobatic Antarctic adventure full of good ideas, homesickness and the perils of kites.

  •  The Wind in the Willows

Originally commissioned by the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

Sat 14 October

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 5 – 11


 From the peaceful pleasures of the river bank to the fearful frights of the Wild Wood, join Mole and Ratty on their marvellous adventures, along with gruff old Badger and magnificent Mr Toad.


  • Sidney’s Shed

Sat 21 October

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 5 – 11


This is no ordinary shed and Sidney Waffles is no ordinary gardener… Join Sidney and Maisie on their time-travelling journey to dig up the past and weed out the bullies.

  •  Burglar Bill

Adapted from the book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Tue 24 – Sat 28 October

11am & 1pm / 50mins

Ages 3 – 8


 Burglar Betty tells the story of Burglar Bill as he creeps from one house to the next doing what he likes best, burgling! Half way through the story Betty realises that she has a part to play as she enters the action with her own swag bag. Both Burglars are in for some surprises…

  • Your Toys

Sat 04 November

11am & 1pm / 60mins

Ages 5 – 9


 We need your toys to be the star of the show. Grown-ups and children alike are invited to bring their favourite toy to the theatre and watch them come to life in this gigantic adventure.


  •  The Dream Factory 

Sat 11 November

11am & 1pm / 50mins

Ages 4 – 9


Follow the story of a young girl who has lost her ability to dream as we embark on a magical adventure to find out where dreams are made, what they look like and even what they smell like!

  • Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas 

Thu 23 November – Sun 24 December

For under 6s


 Back for another brilliant year. Join Father Christmas as he awakes from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of the year: Christmas Eve. Christmas isn’t Christmas without this Lyric family favourite.

Annie PalmerAnnie PalmerApril 25, 2016


Prince Charles joined actors Judi Dench, Tim Minchin, Harriet Walter, David Tennant, Paapa Essiedu, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear and Ian McKellen on stage as part of Shakespeare Live!, a special performance marking the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

Saturday’s Shakespeare Live show in the playwright’s birthplace of Stratford-upon-Avon included play scene performances, dance and music.The show also saw royal guest Prince Charles make a surprise appearance in a sketch from Hamlet.

The gala ended a day of national events which included President Obama visiting Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London.

Screened live on BBC Two, the gala at Stratford’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre also saw performances from Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Ian McKellen and Meera Syal.

Al Murray, the pub landlord, played Bottom to Dame Judi’s Titania and Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar played out the My Lady Disdain scene from Much Ado About Nothing.

Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonJuly 1, 2014


Looking for an exciting show locally in Chelsea for the summer? Don’t panic! Join Chelsea Monthly magazine for some ell needed fun at the Chelsea Theatre’s quarterly cabaret – an evening of songs, laughs, heart and spunk programmed by Ben Walters – and we might just get out of this in one piece!

Pulling together an eclectic array of the most talented and audacious performers from across the cabaret spectrum, Come With Me If You Want To Live is first and foremost a cracking night out, with roof-raising tunes, side-splitting laughs, jaw-dropping surprises and eye-moistening moments of unexpected emotion.

But it’s also rooted in the sincere belief that the things that make great cabaret – eye contact, conversation, curiosity, improvisation and irreverence – are exactly the things we could all do with a bit more of these days. That’s why we’re also delighted to be linking up with some of the brilliant people involved in Chelsea Theatre’s huge array of community activities, from fashion to filmmaking.

And wait till you get a load of the line-up for Come With Me…’s second edition on Friday July 11…

Barb Jungr
Barb Jungr’s voice is one of the most glorious weapons in contemporary cabaret’s arsenal, able to prise open iconic songs – by the likes of Dylan, Brel, Springsteen and Simone – to reveal beautiful new depths of feeling and meaning. For Come With Me…, Barb will be showcasing some of her own original songs, as featured on the acclaimed album Stockport to Memphis, and experimenting with storytelling too. Let her take you on a journey unlike any other.

Lynn Ruth Miller
At 80, Lynn Ruth Miller is enjoying things while they last. An old-school entertainer from Ohio via San Francisco and Brighton, she weaves between colourful anecdotes, groan-inducing gags, bawdy singalongs, shrewd observations and a dash of burlesque. Mining the real experience of ageing without sentimentality or solemnity, she’ll be your best friend after 10 minutes and pelt you with sanitary products after 15. Frankly, you’d do well to keep up.

The LipSinkers
High-octane queer exuberance of the first order! This hilariously entertaining alternative drag troupe lip-synch to imaginatively selected songs by acts ranging from Jessie J and Will.I.Am to Pulp and the Lovely Eggs. The sensibility is utterly leftfield: the looks are brilliantly bonkers; the routines are tightly choreographed; the lip-synching itself is technically spot on; the acts are sexy without really being erotic; and the chemistry between the charismatic performers is affectionate and assured.

Miss Behave
A longtime regular of La Clique, Miss Behave is a latterday showgirl with the whole package. Looking like a Tiller Girl who got carried away at Torture Garden, she’s equally at home with sword-swallowing, cigar stubbing, wine guzzling and tongue-piercing, she’s a dominatrix with a twinkle and a facilitator of fun with a brand new box of tricks. Miss Behave is one of the few performers around who wants you to get your phone out…

There will be many more great acts on the night! So, what are you waiting for?

Ben Walters and Chelsea Theatre
Come With Me If You Want To Live
Friday July 11, 8pm
Chelsea Theatre, Worlds End Place, London SW10 0DR Box office: 0207 352 1967 : £8 (£4 concession)

Emilien PerrotEmilien PerrotJune 25, 2014


Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains to the evocative rhythms of Africa, this spectacular production explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music to tell the timeless story of Simba and his epic journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

Julie Taymor, one of the world’s most innovative directors, brought a vast array of disciplines to THE LION KING, including extensive experience staging epic theatre and opera productions, exploring classic myths through ritualised puppetry, mask, and movement. THE LION KING was the first musical she directed in the commercial theatre, and Taymor made Broadway history by becoming the first woman to win the Tony Award® for ’Best Director of a Musical’.

This acclaimed production has been seen by over 65 million people around the world, and in addition to the two UK productions can currently be seen in New York, Tokyo, Hamburg, Madrid and on tours of the US and Japan. The Lion King will also open in Brazil and Australia this year.

Performance duration : 2 hour 30 minutes(Lyceum Theatre)

Emilien PerrotEmilien PerrotJune 25, 2014


The international hit musical JERSEY BOYS transfered from the Prince Edward Theatre to London’s Piccadilly Theatre, with opening night on the 14th March 2014.

Jersey Boys has won over 55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The original London production opened in February 2008, following the Tony Award Winning 2005 Broadway premiere. The full New York creative team reimagined the show at Cameron Mackintosh’s Prince Edward Theatre, where it will have enjoyed 6 successful years once it transfers. The original London cast included Ryan Molloy as Frankie Valli, Stephen Ashfield as Bob Gaudio, Glenn Carter as Tommy DeVito and Stuart Milligan as DeCarlo

Jersey Boys has now been seen by over 4 million people worldwide, in productions in cities as far reaching as Las Vegas, Sydney, Chicago and Toronto. The Piccadilly Theatre in London’s West End will be a perfect venue for the lively show, following on from such successful jukebox musicals such as ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and ‘Viva forever’.

The hit musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and their remarkable rise to stardom as they became one of the most successful bands in history. Told in four segments, the show charts the humble beginnings, rise and inevitable fall of the band, who went on to sell over 100 million records around the world and were eventually inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Jersey Boys is an honest portrayal of how four men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey managed to find a unique sound. The musical follows their triumphs, heartaches, headaches and relationships and is one of the most inspirational stories of any pop group. 

This production showcases a string of incredible hit songs, including instantly recognisable tunes and some you had forgotten you knew.  BEGGIN’, CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU, OH WHAT A NIGHT, WALK LIKE A MAN, BYE BYE BABY (BABY GOODBYE), SHERRY, BIG GIRLS DON’T CRY and countless others await you at the Piccadilly Theatre.

Emilien PerrotEmilien PerrotJune 23, 2014


Flying monkeys, ruby red slippers and a tornado-topping house all make appearances in the spellbinding musical Wicked, but the show does far more than recycle the clichés that we are familiar with from the original book and Technicolor film. Adapted from Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked is a dizzying theatrical spectacle that subverts the well-worn story of Oz and provides a shocking backstory to explain how the Witches of Oz earned their reputations as Glinda the Good and The Wicked Witch of the West long before Dorothy arrived on the scene.

Creative Team

The music and lyrics in Wicked are by Stephen Schwartz, the musical theatre legend behind Godspell, Pippin, and The Baker’s Wife. He is also known for his long career writing music for films, including the Academy Award-winning song “When You Believe” from The Prince of Egypt. The book is written by Winnie Holzman, and the production is directed by Joe Mantello, who also helmed Broadway productions of Take Me Out and Assassins.

Show Lengths and Times

Performances of Wicked take place at the Apollo Victoria Theatre every evening from Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. There is an additional matinee performance on both Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm. There are no performances on Sundays. The musical lasts for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Evening performances end at approximately 10:15pm, and you can expect to leave the theatre by around 10:30pm, while matinees finish at approximately 5:15pm, and you can expect to leave the venue by 5:30pm.

Now playing until April 2015

Jeff ArmstrongJeff ArmstrongMay 21, 2014


A series of weeklong workshops for children aged seven to sixteen exploring a different hit show each day and culminating in an all-singing, all-dancing performance for friends and family is set to launch in Chelsea this Summer!  The workshops present a fantastic opportunity for kids in Chelsea who have always dreamt of a career in theatre or Drama to gain first hand experience. Additionally, if you simply want to instil confidence, develop budding theatrical talent or just have lots of fun during the holidays, the workshops promise high-octane fun and an unparalleled chance for youngsters to act alongside West End stars.


The unique selling point unlike other drama workshops is that the sessions are set to  give a true flavour of favourite productions with instructors from the cast of hit shows including;  The Lion King, Matilda, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Wicked.

Furthermore, participants will have the  opportunity to learn West End routines from the show’s actual cast, who will not only teach, but also share insights and stories about performing in the West End. Well, my kids are already excited and as dedicated parents you know what that means!! So…. what are you waiting for?

For More information:

Location: Chelsea Academy, Lots Road, SW10 0AB. Price: Early Bird £149, Normal price:  £199.
Dates: 28th July to 1st August.
Timings: Monday to Thursday: 09.00-13.00 (Ages 7-11), 13.30-17.30 (Ages 12-16). Friday: Everyone 10.30-17.30.
Phone: 0330 088 4194
Twitter: @westendin


Jordan KensingtonJordan KensingtonApril 2, 2014


Are you a man? Do you worry that you don’t see your friends enough? Do you ever think about how many friends you should have? Have you ever wanted a good excuse to go out and see your friends but have never been able to find a convincing one? Well, fear not – Danny Wallace has all the answers…

Danny Wallace – writer, filmmaker, radio presenter and columnist – has a reputation for work that combines a quirky outlook with astute observations, not to mention a dry sense of humour, and his latest venture carries on very much in the same vein.

Commissioned by Guinness and carried out by renowned and respected professor Robin Dunbar, Wallace (as well as Jonathon Ross) has been involved in a scientific experiment to discover just how often men should see their mates, and the benefits of regular male bonding for men of all ages. Or as Wallace puts it, “science telling us it is okay to go out”.

“It was interesting,” the 36-year-old says. “Women can maintain their friendships and bond and share things over the phone, whereas men tend to use the phone as a tool for saying they should get together and then not getting together. This chimed with me, as I feel I’ve not been seeing people as much as I should.

“The research showed that men should walk round in packs of five and that you should have four good friends you should attempt to see twice a week. Five people is the optimum number of people for a good night out. If you add a sixth person, science shows that you laugh less. So if you want to laugh, hang with four mates!”

Wallace says that for most men, “especially if like me you have got kids and are married”, it is a big ask, but thinks that the new research could give blokes a free pass to leave their partner at home.

 “Oh, I think it will,” he says with a cheeky laugh. “It will because it will get you out of the house, and you can say you have to, science told you, and she gets to have the place to herself, or gets to go out with her mates – basically she gets rid of you. So it is win-win.


“I am going to make a small, laminated card like a detective might have so I can just whip it out and I don’t even need to have that conversation with my wife. I can just be walking down the hallway, flip out my ‘man pass’ and then be out of the door. It’s a great excuse.”

Of course, Wallace’s mates don’t have to try too hard to keep up with what he is doing. His notable successes include Are You Dave Gorman? and Yes Man, unique concepts that saw Wallace search for men named Dave Gorman (with the comedian of the same name) in the former and experiment with saying yes to everything he was offered in the latter, both with hilarious and unexpected results, and what binds his best work is his relentless following through of a single idea to its natural conclusion.

“I’ve always liked a project. At school, none of us were into essay-type stuff, but if it was a project, I was into it. It could be the most boring thing in the world, but it was great because it was a project. And that was the thing with the first few books: you start with an idea and you just keep going and see what happens and who you meet and where you end up. You start that thing, and if you do it right, then that thing will start to happen to you. In life, you have to push the boulder over the hill, and the boulder will just run.”

His new novel about “identity, somebody who doesn’t really know who they are” is due next year, but for those who can’t wait there is always his massively popular Shortlist column, where his idiosyncratic weekly musings have keep commuters entertained.

“It was only meant to be a one-off,” he smiles. “I always wanted to do a column but when I did the first one I thought, ‘I can’t do that every week’. And then they said to me, ‘do you want to do that every week?’ It’s been going for six years now. I am always looking out for weird stuff, but it is like a diary. I always seem to find weird things to write about.”

Louise HuntLouise HuntJanuary 10, 2013



As a new year begins, we find ourselves falling back into the traditional ritual that sees us analyse the life we have lived for the past 365 days. We look back on our experiences, the highs and the lows, and wonder whether we would have done it all differently. For the lucky ones, this time of reflection brings a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction. One such individual has spent 36 years in the limelight and doesn’t regret a day – esteemed model and actress Linda Lusardi.

Her successful and varied career began incidentally, when she was spotted by a passer-by in the street and asked which modeling agency Linda belonged to. Linda then developed a small portfolio before recruiting an agent who suggested seeking out gifted photographer Beverley Goodway. After meeting with Beverley, her career as a Page 3 girl in The Sun was quickly launched at the tender age of 18. Linda says of Goodway; ‘One of the highlights of Page 3 was getting to know Beverley, who was not the kind of Fleet Street photographer you would imagine. He used to wear flamboyant bow ties and spoke very eloquently. He was the last person on earth you’d ever think would take Page 3 pictures!’ Sadly, Beverley passed away just 2 months ago, but leaves behind a lifetime of photographic work that will live on in his memory.

Lusardi’s career as a Page 3 model lasted 12 years before she retired at the age of 30 and decided to take up the challenge of becoming an actress. ‘I’d outgrown the modeling and wanted to try something new.’ Her first role was as girlfriend of D.S Don Beech in popular soap ‘The Bill’. She says of her acting experience; ‘I just love acting. It’s a completely different world – you’re learning lines every night and spending all day on set, so it’s hard work. But I used to sit in on scene rehearsals that I wasn’t even in because I wanted to learn as much as possible from the other actors.’

Linda transferred her newfound talents to the stage for pantomime in 1988, where she has passionately remained ever since for eachUK Christmas season. It was in 1997 that Lusardi starred as ‘Snow White’ with the role of the prince played by Sam Kane. The two quickly became an item and have been ever since, now married with two children, Jack and Lucy. You can catch Linda and Sam in their current pantomime, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, at the Civic Theatre in Darlington until 20th January.

During her years as a pantomime actress, Linda also indulged her secret passion for cooking when she appeared on and won Celebrity Come Dine with Me in 2008 and made it into the semi-finals of Celebrity MasterChef just last year. Her best cooking tip after taking part in Celebrity Masterchef is one she applies in her own kitchen; ‘I love to cook steak at home, but now, instead of tucking in straight from the pan, I cover the fillet and leave it to rest for 10 minutes to let the fibres loosen. It’s so much more tender!’

Her ongoing career in the spotlight continues to motivate Linda to keep her figure in top condition. ‘I run most mornings, and I use Electroslim pads to keep my bum toned!’, she says. But Linda has encountered health issues over the years, particularly when she was diagnosed with dry eye syndrome. In this condition, the tear ducts do not produce enough fluids and causes soreness and vision disturbances. Linda’s case of dry eye syndrome was particularly distressing, especially due to her acting commitments on stage, where heavy make up, bright spotlights and dry ice would only serve to irritate the condition more. ‘I had dry eyes for nearly 15 years.I had to put eye drops in the minute I opened my eyes in the morning, the discomfort was so severe.’ Linda then came across Omega 7 supplements that claim to keep the body’s mucous membranes lubricated. She started taking the supplement and after two weeks of daily doses, her symptoms dramatically cleared up. ‘The benefit after only a couple of weeks of taking the capsules was amazing. Now I no longer need my eye drops!’ Omega 7 was voted Natural Lifestyle ‘Best Supplement’ in 2011.

With her health in mind, Linda has now released her own skincare brand, My Miracle, which has been widely praised. Working with experts in Switzerland to create this ‘perfect’ range, My Miracle products boast a multitude of natural ingredients, including pure Swiss Glacial Water to Caviar extract, ‘Jewel of the Sea’. The range includes serums, moisturizers and cleansers, sold separately or as a collection.

So it seems, with her ongoing pantomime commitments, new skincare range and a loving family to keep her busy, Linda isn’t putting on the brakes anytime soon.

“I may be in my second half-century, but I’ve never felt better!”


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Ann FooAnn FooAugust 17, 2011


Britain’s most polarising director Katie Mitchell is currently presenting a revival of Thomas Heywood’s A woman killed with kindness at London’s National theatre.

Receiving a second revival from Katie Mitchell, Thomas Heywood’s play follows two women, Anne (Liz White) and Susan (Sandy McDade). They only briefly meet but their lives are parallel as they deal with the issues of marriage, betrayal, possession and the punishments bestowed on them by society and themselves.

Often hailed as a ‘destroyer’ of classical texts as well as an innovator, Mitchells willingness to cut and manipulate plays to find new truths, as well as championing her female characters has earned her the harshest of critics but also a reputation as one of British theatres leading and most exciting directors.

A woman killed with kindness is no different in its treatment. The play is re-envisaged in 1919, an era when women have just gained the vote and subsequently a step towards independence from the men in their lives and away from archaic social norms. This serves to further highlighting the plight of Susan as she is pimped out by her husband to cover debts and the tragedy of Anne’s spiral into self-imposed starvation after being exiled form her home.

While this will undoubtedly rile traditionalists, Mitchells unwavering quest for truth and authenticity in a play full of emotional power struggles and physiological trauma should engage audiences and further add to the National’s cannon of tense gripping drama.

Genre: Play-Tragedy

Box Office:  020 7452 3000

Start Date: Thurs 18th Aug 2011

Closing Date: Sun 11th Sep 2011

A Woman Killed with Kindness by Thomas Heywood

National Theatre, London

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Written by: Andy Mann

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