Leave to Remain at Lyric Hammersmith tickets
Leave to Remain at Lyric Hammersmith tickets

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A young, gay couple just want to be together and lead a normal life, but the British Government’s ‘hostile environment’ policy has other things in mind. As they are forced to navigate the Home Office’s visa process, which is designed to divide families, Leave to Remain is the powerful new play that tells the story of their love with movement, music and gripping text.

Matt Jones (Mr Selfridge, Doctor Who, Torchwood) and Kele Okereke, who is founding member of music band Bloc Party, have jointly written the script and songs, and Robby Graham directs. Graham is the Artistic Director of Southpaw Dance Company, with recent credits including choreography for the National Theatre’s Pericles and Angels in America, and co-directing Jonathan Harvey’s Beautiful Thing for the Greenwich and Docklands Festival.

Tyrone Huntley takes on the role of Obi. Named by the Evening Standard as one of London’s hottest new talents, Huntley has an incredible list of credits, including the West End productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls and Memphis, as well as Angry, Homos or Everyone on America and regionally A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hairspray.

Huntley is joined by Billy Cullum (Little Shop of Horrors), Emma Amos (Sweet Bird of the South), Rakie Ayola (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Aretha Ayeh (Miss Littlewood), Arun Blair-Mangat (Kinky Boots), Sandy Batchelor (Strangers on a Train) and Cornell S John (The Lion King). Further casting news is yet to be announced.

A visceral new production, Leave to Remain runs for a limited season at London's Lyric Hammersmith from 18 January to 16 February 2019, with a press night on 24 January 2019. This relevant piece of new writing addresses an array of themes, from politics to family to love, and the power the government has to keep couples together or tear them apart.

Recommended for

This production will certainly appeal to a broad range of theatregoers. Audiences who love interdisciplinary performance, theatre that addresses current socio-political issues and fans of Tyrone Huntley will all take something from this show.

Age Recommendations: TBC

Dates and times

Running time: 90 minutes
Opened: 18 Jan 2019
Press night: 24 Jan 2019
Booking from: 16 Feb 2019
Booking until: 16 Feb 2019

Location and map

Lyric Hammersmith
Lyric Square
London, W6 0QL

17 Reviews Add review

This was a really poignant and very relevant piece of theatre covering issues of drug abuse, homosexuality and immigration. Tyrone... More

emilydiver 5"0, 261 reviews, 16 helpful votes

Incredible music, beautiful choreography and impactful acting. Loved it!

janineh 5'1", 40 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Exceptional. An unexpected treat. All in one long act but flew by.

MartinZ 17 reviews, 0 helpful votes

This was neither a musical or a play but a mix of all sorts plus some odd dance, That said it was highly original, fun, clever and... More

barrythompson1 81 reviews, 1 helpful vote

emilyf3 18 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Didn’t know what to expect but found this really moving. Tyrone Huntley & Billy Cullum were excellent and their voices really complimented... More

karenstratton 5'4", 38 reviews, 1 helpful vote

A great production with intricate movement and stand out music from Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. Definitely one to see.

albuspotter 5"11, 236 reviews, 13 helpful votes

rikkiONshow 178cm, 250 reviews, 6 helpful votes

ryandawe 5"8, 297 reviews, 1 helpful vote