City of Glass at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
City of Glass at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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Overview

Duncan Macmillan’s stage adaptation of the seminal American novel City of Glass by Paul Auster has had its London premier at the Lyric Hammersmith as it took to the stage as part of a limited run, with performances having began on 20th April 2017 and running until 20th May 2017.

City of Glass is based on Paul Auster’s novel of the same name, which acts as the first in The New York Trilogy, one of the most astonishing American literary series to come out in recent years.

Often described a meta-detective fiction, Auster has created a unique new genre which blends the gripping detective noir of Raymond Chandler with disturbing existential enquiry to rive the greats such as Borges or Kafka. Auster creates a fascinating world where the simple act of trailing a man ultimately becomes an incredibly investigation of what it is to be human.

The story follows reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn who gets a strange phone call asking for a private detective during the night, soon after which he very speedily becomes the unwitting protagonist in his very own thriller.

After being seduced by an unusual woman who hires him to protect her young husband from his sociopathic father, the familiar sense of detective noir begins to slide away to something more frightening as Quinn loses grip on reality as he is consumed by his mission.

This new version by playwright Duncan Macmillan is heavily influenced by both the original novel and the graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli.

City of Glass is brought to the stage by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions, who are known for such staggering shows such as An American in Paris, War Horse and David Bowie Is.

This incredible technically ground-breaking play uses projection, magic, illusion and stagecraft to entirely overwhelm audiences in the disorientating and confusing world that Auster creates in City of Glass.

City of Glass has been brought to the stage by Duncan Macmillan, the hugely acclaimed writer of People, Places and Things and 1984, both of which saw smash hit West End runs that were adored by critics and fans alike.

City of Glass began performances at London’s Lyric Hammersmith Theatre on 20th April 2017 and continued for a limited run until 20th May 2017.

Recommended for

Those who have previously seen plays by Duncan Macmillan such as People, Places and Things, 1984 and Every Brilliant Thing should not miss the opportunity to see one of the country’s greatest upcoming playwright’s newest artistic outputs.

Age Recommendations: Age recommendation 14+

Dates and times

Running time: 1 hour 42 mins
Opened: 21 Apr 2017
Press night: 26 Apr 2017
Booking from: 20 May 2017
Booking until: 20 May 2017

Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

11 Reviews Add review

Visually, this is an extraordinary piece of theatre. The animation, set design and technology used is first rate and should win s... More

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Visually, this is an extraordinary piece of theatre. The animation, set design and technology used is first rate and should win some awards, if not already done so. The actual play itself is a bit baffling. I found the storyline incredibly difficult to follow and was losing sight of who was playing who, what character was interacting with who and what was generally going on throughout the whole 1 hour 45 mins! In the end, I think I gave up trying to follow what was happening and just ended up admiring the amazing stage and set design!

joc78 5"4, 263 reviews, 4 helpful votes

This was a clever interpretation of a Film Noir style story but in a live theatre setting and it worked very well. I was completel... More

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was a clever interpretation of a Film Noir style story but in a live theatre setting and it worked very well. I was completely absorbed by the twists and turns of the story and enjoyed the style of the show. The special effects were great and really added to the production.

helenkeegan 5' 3", 38 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Lots of flash but little substance. Very innovative production (which I have come to expect from Duncan Macmillan) with great use ... More

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Lots of flash but little substance. Very innovative production (which I have come to expect from Duncan Macmillan) with great use of digital projections but the story itself wasn't particularly engaging.

ruthc17 5"8, 51 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great show, strong acting and very impressive light effects.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Great show, strong acting and very impressive light effects.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An amazing show. The acting is fantastic and the set is brilliant! Extremely atmospheric of a detective film. An animated and proj... More

paulfootie 6'3", 91 reviews, 3 helpful votes

An amazing show. The acting is fantastic and the set is brilliant! Extremely atmospheric of a detective film. An animated and projected set make for a magical experience.

paulfootie 6'3", 91 reviews, 3 helpful votes

It was a good thriller with a lot going on.

Sotra 160cm, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

It was a good thriller with a lot going on.

Sotra 160cm, 24 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Outstanding performance from the cast - stunning how a cast of five portrayed many more characters. Gripping story - sound design ... More

joeevans 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Outstanding performance from the cast - stunning how a cast of five portrayed many more characters. Gripping story - sound design and visuals particularly spectacular. Would recommend.

joeevans 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Spectacular stage, but not very clear plot.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Spectacular stage, but not very clear plot.

gennadiimiroshnikov 178, 71 reviews, 1 helpful vote

An excellent well paced adaptation of a very meta novel. The confusion, claustrophobic atmosphere was well represented not just by... More

Suzanne 5"2, 16 reviews, 2 helpful votes

An excellent well paced adaptation of a very meta novel. The confusion, claustrophobic atmosphere was well represented not just by the actors but by the fantastic set that brought the story (the plot is wooly) to life.

Suzanne 5"2, 16 reviews, 2 helpful votes