First look at Running with Lions in rehearsal, co-production from the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company

Published: Monday, 07th February 2022, 9:50am

Take a first look at Running with Lions in rehearsal, starring Ruby Barker best known as Marina Thompson in BridgertonSuzette Llewellyn as seen in EastEnders, prolific stage and screen starWil JohnsonKerchings!’s Velile Tshabalala and Nickcolia King-N’da, recently seen in The Death Of A Black Man. The world premiere co-production between the Lyric Hammersmith Theatreand Talawa Theatre Company runs at the Lyric from 10 February to 12 March. It is the debut stage play from new writing talent Sian Carter and is directed by Talawa’s Artistic Director Michael Buffong. Tickets are available at 

Set and costume Design is by Soutra Gilmour (Macbeth – Almeida, Out West – Lyric Hammersmith Theatre), Lighting Design by Aideen Malone (Death of a Salesman – Young Vic and West End), Sound Design by Tony Gayle (Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical – West End) and Casting by Chandra Ruegg (Lava – Bush Theatre).

Running with Lions is an intergenerational family drama about love, loss and hope: following three generations of women, it explores what it means to allow those we love to be themselves.

Following the death of a loved one, a British-Caribbean family struggles to come to terms with their grief. Isolated by their generational beliefs and challenges to their faith and mental health, they live between the things they do and do not say. Running with Lions explores the journey of one family’s reconciliation after loss and the rediscovery of love and joy.

The production is based on the audio play Running with Lions originally commissioned by BBC Radio 4.

NEED TO KNOW: Running with Lions will be at the Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London W6 0QL from 10 Feb – 12 Mar 2021