Been wondering what's next in the Lyric Hammersmith's sequence of smash hits?
So were we... And if you want to come watch it with fellow Londonist readers, we have a batch of tickets to the performance on 20 March.
Even better, we've got £10 off for our readers, so it's now a bargain at £25 for the best seats in the house.
Grab your tickets here.
With London's theatre scene constantly scattered with US imports, the prospect of a play coming straight out of Sydney feels refreshing in itself.
And this one particularly so. Seventeen — the new play by Australian playwright Matthew Whittet — is a coming-of-age story, about what it means to be balancing at the edge of adolescence and adulthood.
So far, so recognisable. But Seventeen is a coming-of-age story with a difference.
It's a star-studded cast, but the stars it's studded with aren't 17. And they haven't been 17 for a while...
Entirely composed of stage veterans, the cast have such a long, stately list of theatre and screen appearances to their names that the précis of their credits reads like a novella. Among them are Diana Hardcastle (of Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fame) playing Jess, girlfriend to Mike — Michael Feast, aka forbidding zealot Aeron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.
Tom (Roger Sloman) is Mike's best friend, but he's secretly in love with Jess. Emilia (Margot Leicester) is Jess's best friend, and she's about to get drunk for the first time. Lizzy (Sarah Ball) is Mike's annoying little sister. And Ronny? Nobody invited Ronny (Mike Grady) and nobody's sure why he's there. As dawn draws closer — and the cheap beer supplies grow lower — dreams are shared and secrets threaten to end the fragile peace.
Reviews of its run at the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney called it 'an outright laugh', and 'wonderfully exuberant' — which suggests that for all its focus on the uncertainty and fragility of the moment in time it portrays, Seventeen's still an energetic, buoyantly funny night out.
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For the best seats in the house to Seventeen on 20 March, with £10 off the full price, buy your tickets here.
Seventeen is on at the Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, W6 0QL until 8 April. Tickets are £15 - £35.