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Lyrics Hammersmith Announces Full Cast for SHOPPING AND F***ING


The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full casting for Shopping and Fucking. Alex Arnold will be playing Robbie, Ashley McGuire will be playing Brian, David Moorst will be playing Gary, Sam Spruell will be playing Mark, Sophie Wu will be playing Lulu.

Twenty years since its explosive premiere, Olivier Award-winning director Sean Holmes brings Mark Ravenhill's provocative first play, Shopping and Fucking back to the stage. With a raw mixture of black humour and bleak philosophy, the play follows three disconnected young adults whose lives have been reduced to a series of transactions in an emotionally shrink wrapped world. A place where Shopping is sexy and Fucking is a job.

'An omen of the new century' (Evening Standard), Ravenhill's play is a prophetic vision of our twenty-first century world. Widely regarded as one of the most influential pieces of contemporary British theatre this rarely staged play is a must see.

The Lyric's main house will be transformed for this production with part of the audience seated on the stage, creating a bold intimate experience within their Victorian auditorium. Tickets from £15 with all stalls and onstage seating only £25 for all performances.

Alex Arnold plays Robbie

Theatre credits include: Crushed Shells & Mud (Southwark Playhouse); Luna Gale and Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre). Film and television credits include: My Cousin Rachel, David Brent - Life on the Road, The Salvation, Death in Paradise, Capital, Poldark, Foyle's War, Silk, What Remains, In the Flesh, Vera, A Mother's Son and Skins.

Ashley McGuire plays Brian

Theatre credits include: Our Country's Good, The Suicide, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Home, An Oak Tree (National Theatre); Henry IV (Donmar Warehouse); Re-charged - Fatal Light (Soho Theatre) and I'll Always Think of You That Way (Pleasance). Film and television credits include: David Brent - Life on the Road, Bridget Jones' Baby, Hector, Gold, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Coronation Street, Law and Order UK, Decline and Fall, Man Down, In the Club, The IT Crowd, The Job Lot, Derek and Trollied.

David Moorst plays Gary

Theatre credits include: First Light (Chichester Festival Theatre); Into The Woods (Royal Exchange Manchester); Violence & Son - winner Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015, Emerging Talent Award; Critics' Circle Awards 2016, Most Promising Newcomer (Royal Court) and Wonderland (Hampstead). Television credits includes: Grantchester, Partners in Crime and Holby.

Sam Spruell plays Mark

Theatre credits include: Clybourne Park (Royal Court); The Caretaker (West End), Pornography (Traverse/Tricycle), Othello (Royal Exchange Manchester), The Alchemist and Life of Galileo (National Theatre). Film and television credits include: Snow White and the Huntsman, Starred Up, London to Brighton, Taken 3, Good People, The Counselor, Legend, The Voices, Child 44, Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll, The Hurt Locker, Defiance, K19 The Widowmaker, Venus, The Lady in the Van, The Bastard Executioner, Luther, The Last Ship, Mayday, The Runaway, City of Vice, Cardinal Burns and Catastrophe.

Sophie Wu plays Lulu

For the Lyric: Punk Rock. Other theatre credits include: Table (National Theatre) and The Wood Orchid (Bush Theatre). Film and television credits include: Fresh Meat, Babylon, Horrible Histories, The Fades, Kick Ass, Kick Ass 2, Wild Child and Tormented. As writer: Minging Lizzie (Commission for E4) Sophie Wu is Minging, She Looks Like's She's Dead (Soho Theatre,) Cuckoo and Ramona tells Jim (Bush Theatre) and Loaded.

Full cast includes Alex Arnold, Ashley McGuire, David Moorst, Sam Spruell and Sophie Wu

Mark Ravenhill Writer

From 2012 to 2014, Mark was playwright in residence for the Royal Shakespeare Company, producing a new version of Brecht's Galileo (Swan Theatre) and a new play Candide (Swan Theatre) inspired by Voltaire. Theatre credits include: Shopping and Fucking (Out of Joint/Royal Court); Faust Is Dead, Handbag (UK Tour); Some Explicit Polaroids (Out of Joint/Ambassadors Theatre); Mother Clap's Molly House, Citizenship (National Theatre); Pool No Water (Frantic Assembly/Lyric Hammersmith); The Cut (Donmar Warehouse); Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (Paines Plough) and Over There (Royal Court). Mark's work in music theatre includes a new English version of Monteverdi's The Coronation of Poppea (King's Head) with additional material by Michael Nyman, Ten Plagues (Traverse), a song cycle for Marc Almond with composer Connor Mitchell and Elysium with composer Rolf Wallin for the Norwegian Opera. Mark is the co-creator of the ITV sitcom Vicious.

Sean Holmes Director

Sean Holmes is Artistic Director of the Lyric Hammersmith. He has most recently directed the Lyric's critically acclaimed productions of Simon Stephens's Herons and Olivier Award nominated Bugsy Malone and co-directed Filter's A Midsummer Night's Dream. In 2010 he revived Sarah Kane's Blasted at the Lyric and the production was awarded the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. His other theatre credits at the Lyric include A Series of Increasingly Impossible Acts, Chamber Piece, A Streetcar Named Desire, Woyzeck, Cinderella, Desire Under the Elms, Morning, Have I None, Saved, Ghost Stories, Three Sisters and Comedians. He recently directed The Plough & the Stars as part of the Abbey Theatre, Dublin's centenary celebrations, which is currently touring the US.

Written by Mark Ravenhill

Directed by Sean Holmes

Design by Jon Bausor and Tal Rosner

Costume by Grace Smart

Lighting by Anna Watson

Sound by Nick Manning

Associate Director Jude Christian

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Booking Information

Tickets 020 8741 6850 |

Lyric Square, King Street, London, W6 0QL

Shopping and Fucking

Twentieth Anniversary production of Mark Ravenhill's provocative, landmark '90s play.

Friday 07 October 2016 - Saturday 05 November 2016

Free First Night: Friday 07 October. For more information:

Previews: Saturday 08 - Tuesday 11 October | Press Performances Wednesday 12 October at 7pm

Mon-Sat 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm. (Also Wednesday matinees on 26 October & 02 November Tickets: £15 - £30 | £35 premium seats. No booking fee.

Captioned Performance: Sat 29 Oct 2.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Sat 29 Oct 7.30pm

Post-show talks with members of the cast & creative team: Tuesday 18 October & Tuesday 25 October |Free


The Lyric's traditional panto returns in 2016 when Aladdin flies in to Hammersmith on his magic carpet for more festive fun Lyric style.

Saturday 19 November 2016 - Saturday 07 January 2017

Free First Night: Saturday 19 November. For more information:

Previews: Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 November | Press Performances Saturday 26 November at 2pm & 6pm. For Full performance schedule:

Preview Tickets: £15 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35. No booking fee.

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A musical version of Roald Dahl's classic story to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Wednesday 25 January - Sunday 19 February 2017

Tue, Fri & Sat 7pm. Wed & Thu 7.30pm. Sat & Sun 2.30pm. Also Tue 07 Feb 1pm; Wed 01 Feb, Wed 8 Feb, Tue 14 Feb & Thu 16 Feb 1.30pm. No evening performance on Tue 7 Feb. No performances on Mondays.

Free First Night: Wednesday 25 January. For more information:

Previews: Thursday 26 January | Press Night Friday 27 January at 7pm

Preview Tickets: £15, £20 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £35, £40. No booking fee.


A new UK production of Matthew Whittet's, funny, wise, immature and bittersweet celebration of teenagers on the cusp of adulthood, played by a cast of septuagenarians.

Saturday 04 March - Saturday 08 April 2017

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Also Sat 2.30pm (not 04 Mar) & Wed 1.30pm (22 Mar, 29 Mar & 05 Apr only)

Free First Night: Saturday 04 March. For more information:

Previews: Monday 06 - Monday 13 March | Press Night Tuesday 14 March at 7pm

Preview Tickets: £15, £20 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35. No booking fee.

Paul Auster's City of Glass

A dazzlingly original stage version of Paul Auster's novel, adapted by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions and Olivier nominated playwright Duncan MacMillan.

Thursday 20 April - Saturday 13 May 2017

Mon-Sat 7.30pm. Also Sat 2.30pm (not 22 Apr) & Wed 1.30pm (3 & 10 May only).

Free First Night: Thursday 20 April. For more information:

Previews: Friday 21 - Tue 25 April 2017 | Press Night Wednesday 26 April 2017 at 7pm

Preview Tickets: £15, £20 | Tickets: £15, £20, £25, £30, £35. No booking fee.

Beyond the Lyric Hammersmith

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28 September - 01 October 2016's_Dream

Free First Night

The Lyric is proud to call Hammersmith their home. In 2016 they are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Free First Night scheme, part of their long term partnership with the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, through which they give free tickets to people who live or work locally. Through this scheme last year they provided 2,354 Free First Night tickets to people who may not have had an opportunity to see theatre before. And as part of this commitment to the local community, they also provided 2,000 tickets to Hammersmith & Fulham schools. For full details including dates of future Free First Nights,

Sophie Wu


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