Shepherds Bush’s next West End star takes to the Lyric stage

From audience to cast member – that’s the story of H&F resident and theatre talent Kane Feagan. She spoke to us about her experience.

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The Lyric's current main house production, Closer, is running until 13 August. Source: Marc Brenner

From audience to cast member – that’s the story of Hammersmith & Fulham resident and theatre talent Kane Feagan.

The 25-year-old has been coming to the Lyric theatre for over a decade.

Now, residents get to see her perform on the very stage as part of the Lyric’s latest main house show ‘Closer’ – a new take on a modern classic about passion, love, jealously and betrayal.

The up-and-coming writer and aspiring actor from Shepherds Bush is kickstarting her career through the Lyric’s pioneering talent-development programme Springboard.

Kane spoke to us about her experience.

Watch the Kane Feagan video on YouTube.

Supporting local talent

Supported by H&F Council, the two-year part-time training course offers an exciting performance pathway into employment for aspiring actors aged 18 to 25 who live in West London, have zero to little formal drama training and are currently underrepresented in theatre.

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Rob Lehmann (left) and Kane Feagan (right) in a rehearsal room at the Lyric theatre

“It’s completely free, which is very important because not all of us come from a family that can pay for everything,” said Kane.

“Being a part of Springboard has pushed me even more to want to pursue my career in acting. It’s really developed my skills and knowledge about how theatre works.”

“The Lyric has a long-standing history and track-record of talent development,” said Rob Lehmann, Director of Young Lyric at the Lyric theatre.

“Our aim is to nurture and champion the next generation of theatre talent from West London and beyond.”

Supporting local creative talent is a key part of H&F’s pioneering Industrial Strategy. We’re determined to make H&F the best borough to live, work or socialise in London.

Become a Springboard trainee

Each year, the Springboard programme provides 10 lucky trainees with the opportunity to experience ‘the whole 360 view of a theatre’.

From shadowing different departments – including fundraising, finance and producing – to accessing the Lyric’s rehearsal rooms and working in the studios alongside fellow trainees and professionals alike, “it fully opens our artistic doors,” said Rob.

“It is a massive community theatre. They’re very much about bringing in young people,” said Kane.

She continued: “Not a lot of theatres are accessible, especially if you’ve not had professional training. To have one so close by that has wide open arms to greet you in is really special. I’m so lucky to be a part of that.”

Sounds like Springboard is for you?

Applications for 2023 will open in autumn 2022. Find out more about the programme on the Lyric Hammersmith website.

Catch a show

“Lucky for me, I am part of the Closer chorus; the main house production here at the Lyric,” explained Kane.

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Actor Nina Toussaint-White as 'Anna' in the Lyric's current main house show 'Closer'. Source: Marc Brenner

The London-based drama shows the painful repercussions of attraction between the four main characters.

“It’s about love, honesty, and intimacy. And it’s really punchy!”

After facing stiff competition in the auditions, Kane was selected as one of four Springboard trainees to perform in the show.

“It’s been an incredible experience working with so many professionals. I’ve learned so much from the main cast actors, the director and everyone working behind the scenes to make the show what it is.”

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Sam Troughton starring as 'Larry' in the Lyric's current main house show 'Closer'. Source: Marc Brenner

Written by Patrick Marber and directed by Olivier Award winner Clare Lizzimore, the play-gone-film-gone-play introduces Alice, Dan, Anna and Larry; four strangers who fall in love and fall apart.

Their story is currently being told on the Lyric Hammersmith theatre stage in King Street until 13 August, with tickets available from £15.

Daily evening shows are available, Mondays through Saturdays (7.30pm), with accessible showings and additional matinee shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays (2.30pm).

Get your ticket now

Free tickets

Did you know?

People who live or work in the borough can get two free tickets to the first night of all Main House Lyric productions, and four free tickets for Lyric Pantos.

Enter the ballot or learn more about our joint Free First Night scheme.

Never mind the West End

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Overlooking beautiful Hammersmith - the Lyric bar's roof top bar. Source: Jim Stephenson

Why not make an evening of it?

Enjoy a drink with a view on the Lyric’s sunny Roof Garden before the show or tell your friends to come meet you after – no tickets required to access the scenic theatre bar.

H&F is quickly becoming the go-to spot in London to enjoy the theatre outside of the West End.

Apart from the Lyric, the borough is home to six more esteemed theatres including Bush Theatre, Barons Court Theatre, The Polish Theatre, Riverside Studios, Eventim Apollo and Finborough Theatre.

And as well as theatres, there are also plenty comedy venuescinemasmuseums and galleries and music venues.

Learn all about London’s new theatreland.

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Ella Hunt (left) and Jack Farthing (right) appearing as Alice and Sam in the Lyric's latest main house production 'Closer'. Source: Marc Brenner

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