In April 2015, Alan Parker and Paul Williams’ world famous stage musical Bugsy Malone, based on his acclaimed film, will reopen the Lyric Hammersmith following a multi-million pound redevelopment (previewing from 11 April). The Lyric’s artistic director Sean Holmes and choreographer Drew McOnie will bring to life the UK’s first professional stage production of Bugsy Malone in over a decade.
Also in the Bugsy Malone creative team are designer Jon Bausor, musical director Phil Bateman, lighting designer James Farncombe and sound designer Ben Harrison.
Jessica Hepburn, executive director of the Lyric Hammersmith said: “I can’t wait for people to come and see what we’ve done to the Lyric. I think they’re going to be amazed. The project has taken years of planning and fundraising and two years of construction work on site, but next year we’re going to unveil something really special. There isn’t going to be another producing theatre in London quite like it and there will be no better place for young people and emerging artists to develop their creative talent. Bugsy Malone is the perfect production to open the Lyric’s new chapter.”
Sean Holmes, artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith and director of Bugsy Malone said: “Bugsy Malone feels like the perfect show with which to open the new Lyric. A work of leftfield genius with young people at its heart, it feels like the quintessential Lyric show: celebratory, inclusive and surprising.”
Alan Parker said: “I’ve always loved that Bugsy Malone is performed so often as a play in schools but, to be honest, I never ever liked the previous professional on-stage versions. In fact, in recent years, I have actively discouraged professional productions. However, meeting a few times with Sean Holmes of the Lyric and listening to his excellent ideas, I decided to give a stage production my blessing. I wish Sean and everyone involved well.”
The project to expand the current Lyric Hammersmith building, creating new facilities and improving the building’s environmental sustainability, is one of the largest cultural developments in west London. The building work represents the first major face-lift of the Lyric in 35 years.
Work is currently being completed on the creation of a new two-storey extension called the Reuben Foundation Wing, which will house a wide-range of new facilities including a dance studio, a TV studio, recording studios, screening cinema and a digital play space. The Lyric Hammersmith Redevelopment Project has been made possible by the support of the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, Arts Council England, the Department of Education, the Mayor of London, the Reuben Foundation and hundreds of other private donations from individuals, companies and trusts.