There's an exciting new season of entertainment ahead for kids at The Lyric Theatre this autumn.
The theatre has three months of special weekly shows planned for youngsters: the Little Lyric season continues each Saturday with a different performance.
The Lyric receives funding of around £230,000 each year from H&F Council – which was also a major contributor towards a multi-million pound redevelopment of the theatre.
The show Bright Sparks, on 15 September, features characters Links and Rex as the left and right sides of the brain finding ways to work and play together.
While little ones aged four to 11 can learn the law of the jungle, on 22 September, with a performance of the Jungle Book - inspired by the classic Rudyard Kipling tale.
Other highlights include a delightful re-imagining of one of Aesop's most-loved fables, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, on 13 October; and How to Hide a Lion, based on the book by Helen Stephens, on 20 October.
The fun continues during half term, with a swashbuckling tale of pirates and monsters as Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster take to the stage each day from 23-27 October.
And as the festive season approaches, the Little Lyric will be taken over for a magical outing of Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas, running from 21 November to 30 December.
Suitable for children under six, the show sees Father Christmas wake from a dream of sun, sea and sand only to find it is the busiest day of his year: Christmas Eve.
Meanwhile the Lyric has appointed four new trustees to its board.
Among them Sade Brown, who grew up in Hammersmith, is the founder of Sour Lemons, a consultancy for creative organisations that want to increase their diversity; while Liz Elston Mayhew has been a key member of the Lyric’s development committee since 2010, and has worked and lived in H&F for 30 years.
Julie Molloy is the managing director of The National Gallery Company and a lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art; while David Sharkey is the chief operating officer of the University of Surrey.
The newcomers join Chair Lisa Burger, former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis, Cllr Sue Fennimore, theatre entrepreneur Ashley Herman and Disability Rights UK chief executive Kamran Mallick.
Cllrs Jonathan Caleb-Landy, Bora Kwon and Patricia Quigley also join the board.
Chair Lisa Burger said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new trustees to the board.
“They bring a wide breadth of skills in fundraising, finance, commercial enterprise, talent development and diversity and have a shared passion for the Lyric.
“I’m very proud that our board is rooted in the Lyric’s local community, reflecting and representing the society the theatre serves.”
For more information visit the Lyric theatre website or call the box office on 020 8741 6850.
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