Running with Lions

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre
10 Feb 2022 – 12 Mar 2022 – Closed

Box Office 020 8741 6850
Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present

Running With Lions

Written by Sian Carter. Directed by Michael Buffong.

‘Joshy is gone. No badda bawl an disappear, yuh cyaan bring him back.’

A family drama of love, loss and hope.

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.

Running With Lions is the first play from exciting new writing talent Sian Carter. Running With Lions will be directed by Michael Buffong, Talawa Theatre Company’s Artistic Director (Guys & Dolls; King Lear; All My Sons, Talawa Theatre Company/Royal Exchange) and is a co-production with Talawa Theatre Company, the UK’s outstanding Black British Theatre Company.

Content Warning: Please note this production contains themes relating to mental health and grief.
Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval

Season Multibuy Offer: Book three separate shows in our upcoming 2022 season, and get them for the price of two.* 

*Must be purchased in the same transaction at the same time by 10 Feb. Discount applicable to Bands B – D only. The discount will automatically apply at the checkout.


Based on the play ‘Running with Lions’, originally commissioned by BBC Radio 4.

Location and Time

Running time – 140 minutes
Ages – 14+
Venue    – 
Main House
Performance Schedule



Mon – Sat, 7.30pm
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval


Wed & Sat, 2.30pm
Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval

Accesibility and accessible performances


Open Captioned: TBC

Audio Described Performance: TBC

To book a wheelchair space please contact the Box Office on 020 8741 6850, or by emailing 

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes including interval


he Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is inclusive and welcoming to all. Our building is fully accessible and we provide a wide variety of accessible performances, classes and activities.

The Lyric is fully equipped with elevators to our two theatres, the Main House and Studio, and to the Reuben Foundation Wing, where most of our classes and activities take place.

The Lyric has a range of toilet facilities available including all-gender, gender specific and private accessible toilets in our café, on the Stalls level, on our balcony level near the creative space, and a ‘Changing Places’ toilet in the Reuben Foundation Wing. We also have a baby change facility and accessible toilet on our first floor near the entrance to the Reuben Foundation Wing.


Getting to the Lyric

All of Hammersmith’s Underground lines (District, Piccadilly, Circle and Hammersmith and City) have good wheelchair access. We are about 200 yards from all tube stations and the Broadway bus station with the route being level access.

The nearest disabled parking spaces to the Lyric are in the King’s Mall shopping centre car park on Level 6 and 7. Leave the carpark by the Beadon Road exit and turn right, Lyric Square is a short walk from there.


Accessible Classes

We offer integrated or specialist classes for 11 – 25 year olds, run in collaboration with Young Lyric Partners Dance West, Action on Disability, Turtle Key Arts and Amici Dance Theatre. By becoming a member of Young Lyric you can take part in Move it Mondays (Dance West), Young Amici (Amici Dance Theatre), Journeys (Lyric with Action on Disability), Key Club (Turtle Key Arts) and Friday Club (Action on Disability). Find out more about joining Young Lyric here.


Accessible Theatre

All our main house productions have Audio Described and Open Captioned performances and also BSL and Relaxed performances for some shows. We have available wheelchair and transfer seats for all our shows. If you’re coming to see a show and have specific access requirements, please contact us in advance so that we can make your visit as enjoyable as possible.

Access tickets are £15 for all Main House productions and £15 for one companion ticket. No access rate is available for Studio shows.

You can book by calling our box office on 020 8741 6850, via email or you can pop into the theatre in person.

Our upcoming performances can be found on our website on the ‘What’s On’ page.


Access Performances

Audio Described Performances provide a live verbal commentary of the visual elements of a production. This service may be useful for people who are blind, visually impaired or partially sighted. Before each audio described performance we also provide a touch tour, giving an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the set and costumes before the show. Guide dogs are welcome in the building.

Open Captioned Performances, these are similar to television subtitles. The actors’ words appear on a display unit, at the same time as they are spoken or sung. This service may be useful for people who are D/deaf, deafened or hard of hearing.

BSL interpreted performances are offered for certain shows. When booking your tickets, please mention that you will be using this service so we are able to allocate you seats with a clear view of the signer.

Sennheiser infra-red audio enhancement system is provided in both of our theatres. You can collect a headset from a member of our Visitor Services team.

Relaxed performances are specifically planned and programmed to welcome guests who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including guests on the Autistic Spectrum, guests with sensory and communication needs or parents who want to attend our performances with young children.