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Running With Lions Tickets

Lyric Hammersmith

Sian Carter's debut play about a British-Caribbean family explores inter-generational beliefs and rediscovering joy after bereavement.

An exciting new multi-generation drama

Leading Black British Theatre Company, Talawa, brings an exciting debut play about grief, joy and family reconciliation to the Lyric Hammersmith.

After a loved one passes away, a British-Caribbean family struggles to connect whilst grieving. As generational and cultural beliefs go up against faith and mental health, each family member is caught between things left unsaid. 

Running With Lions is the first play from exciting new talent, Sian Carter, based on her BBC Radio 4 audioplay of the same name. Michael Buffong, Artistic Director of Talawa Theatre Company, directs. 

Talawa is the UK’s leading Black British Theatre Company, with previous successful productions including King Lear starring Don Warrington, and Guys and Dolls at Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre.

The cast features Suzette Llewellyn as Shirley, Ruby Barker as Imani, Velile Tshabalala as Gloria, Wil Johnson as Maxwell and Nickcolia King-N'da as Joshua.

Playing at Lyric Hammersmith for just one month, discover a fresh new talent and enjoy a story of hope amidst loss with Running With Lions tickets.

Sorry this show closed 12 March 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
11 Mar 2022 - 12 Mar 2022
Running time:
2 hours and 20 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+

Latest Audience Reviews

This was a really absorbing and well-acted play about the impact of grief and mental illness on t... More

Moving show that has a lot of layers...

Life's problems and their impact on the family: mental health, grief, absence and the desire to f... More

Nuanced portrayal of an intergenterational, British-Caribbean family - dynamics that are familiar... More

A great play which made me laugh, gasp and cry. Something for everyone.

Very slow burn. Dialogue at times (my opinion) could’ve been better/tidier/tightened up/tweaked ?... More

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