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    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.

    Performance dates: 20 May 2017 - 20 May 2017

    Running time: 1 hour 42 mins

    Age recommendation: Age recommendation 14+

    Special notice: 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.

    Best Seats

    SeatPlan Recommends: Throughout the Stalls in the Lyric Hammersmith, you will tend to get relatively clear and unimpaired views, especially in Rows AA-M, however a slight Circle overhang towards the back is less than ideal, while support pillars in Row N and Q can be a pain.

    The Dress Circle provides good views, however there are pillars in Row G can often be affected by pillars in the Rows in front, while The Upper Circle’s horse shoe shape and safety rails make it one of the most restricted areas in the theatre.

    Latest Audience Reviews

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

    helenkeegan 20 Jul 2017

    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 20 Jul 2017

    Visually, this is an extraordinary piece of theatre. The animation, set design and technology used is... More

    joc78 Top 10 reviewer03 May 2017

    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 Top 10 reviewer03 May 2017

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

    ruthc17 22 Apr 2017

    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 22 Apr 2017

    An excellent well paced adaptation of a very meta novel. The confusion, claustrophobic atmosphere was... More

    Suzanne 18 May 2017

    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 18 May 2017

    It was a good thriller with a lot going on.

    Sotra 15 May 2017

    Visually rather stunning with some lovely effects, but a convoluted story-line that I just couldn't get... More

    katsonstage Top 100 reviewer11 May 2017

    Visually rather stunning with some lovely effects, but a convoluted story-line that I just couldn't get into. No characters came across in any human way.

    katsonstage Top 100 reviewer11 May 2017
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