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    Stanisław Lem’s sci-fi classic Solaris has been committed to film in three different iterations, but it is to be brought to the stage for the first time in David Greig’s new adaptation for the Lyric Hammersmith.

    On a space station orbiting Solaris, a newly discovered planet, three scientists are experiencing shocking reactions to something unidentified. Sent to investigate the abnormal activity on board, psychologist Kris Kelvin arrives to find one crew member dead and two who are seeing things that cannot be explained. When her dead lover appears to her, it seems she is not immune to the mystery of this strange planet. Should she return to reality, or is this her chance to turn back time? This cult psychological thriller asks us who we are, and how that changes when we’re forced to confront our deepest fears.

    Casting for Solaris includes a filmed performance from Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings; The Matrix), alongside actors Polly Frame, Keegan Joyce, Jade Ogugua and Fode Simbo.

    David Greig is a playwright whose work has been produced in some of Britain’s most major theatres and around the world; he is a two-time winner of the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award for Midsummer and The Events. He was also responsible for adapting Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for the 2013 musical and Touching the Void, which will transfer to the Duke of York’s Theatre in November 2019 following its UK and international tour. Solaris is to be directed by Australian theatre and opera director Matthew Lutton.

    A sci-fi thriller that intricately explores the nature of the human psyche, Solaris opens at the Lyric Hammersmith on 10 October 2019.

    Performance dates: 01 Nov 2019 - 02 Nov 2019

    Running time: 2 hours 10 minutes (including interval)

    Age recommendation: 14+

    Special notice: Science fiction fans will be keen to snap up tickets for this brand new adaption of one of the genre’s biggest cult classics.

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    Latest audience reviews

    This is based on a book, which was also made into a couple of films, both of which I think I've seen... More

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer13 Oct 2019

    This is based on a book, which was also made into a couple of films, both of which I think I've seen - but that was years ago. In short, a scientist is sent to relieve a longterm space mission, from whom no-one's heard in a while - and arrives at the space station to find something like chaos. One scientist has died, and the others are jumpy - they seem to be receiving "visitors" in the form of thoughts and dreams they have, which have come to life. The relief scientist is soon plagued by visitations from a dead ex-lover.. There's a feeling of serenity about the production. The book, apparently, is characterised by long introspective pieces - coming across on film as slow passages. On stage, we get a pure white set - cleverly (something we could do with in flats cramped for space), everything folds into the walls, panels slide back and forth to reveal or obscure doors. All allowing the play to change rooms. Someone at work was wondering how outer space would be represented - well, it seems the planet (Solaris) changes colour - blue and red, on alternating days. When the viewing panels are opened, the rooms are flooded with either red or blue light. That's as much outer space as this story needs! The whole plot of the thing is trying to determine what the nature of the planet is. By the time the relief scientist arrives, they've pretty much decided that the planet is sending these manifestations to them - they started as inanimate objects, then half-formed "monsters" - finally, fully formed humans. Or humanoids. They can't really get rid of them, and they're convinced that they're not really human. The relief scientist's "visitor" is the first that can actually speak.. but what are the visitors' motives? The interesting part of the story is the different scientists' differing reactions - from openly hostile to gradually accepting. And it provided a real talking-point afterwards, when we discussed why that might be, and what the nature of the planet might be. So, very much more on the cerebral side than the action-adventure side of science-fiction. But then, that's the joy of sci-fi - it offers limitless opportunities for authors to create whatever realities they want, play out whatever scenarios they want. And so, the story had to send a group of people millions of miles into space, to act out a scenario where they had to confront their deepest feelings. Literally look them in the face - or run from them. Recommended. Pity they weren't clearer about what happens in the final scene, though!

    u2fancat Top 200 reviewer13 Oct 2019

    I could never get into either film, so it was good to see this version of the story. Not entirely convinced... More

    markh25 23 Oct 2019

    I could never get into either film, so it was good to see this version of the story. Not entirely convinced by the male lead, and when she arrived on the space station the lead character was clearly wearing a motorcycle helmet rather than a space helmet. But the set was great, there were some creepy bits, and a good sci-fi feel to the whole thing.

    markh25 23 Oct 2019

    Atmospheric sci-fi tinged show with superb sets and great performances. Well worth seeing.

    jaimecretten Top 100 reviewer03 Nov 2019

    Great show with superb sets and performances. Very atmospheric a must see.

    jaimecretten Top 100 reviewer03 Nov 2019
    kevinwakefield 31 Oct 2019
    jbrown15 Top 100 reviewer17 Oct 2019
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