Running With Lions


10th February – 12th March 2022

Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company present Running With Lions

Written by Sian Carter. Directed by Michael Buffong.

10 Feb - 12 Mar

Evenings: Mon – Sat, 7.30pm

Matinees: Wed & Sat, 2.30pm


Open Captioned: Saturday 26th February 2022, 2.30pm

Audio Described Performance: Saturday 26th February 2022, 7.30pm

Age Guidance: 14+

Content Warning: Please note this production contains themes relating to mental health and grief.


Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company proudly present Sian Carter's Running With Lions

Running With Lions - A family drama of love, loss and hope.

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

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 is the first play from exciting new writing talent Sian Carter and will be directed by Michael Buffong, Talawa Theatre Company’s Artistic Director (Guys & Dolls; King Lear; All My Sons, Talawa Theatre Company/Royal Exchange).

Sian Carter's relationship with Talawa began with a script workshop and one-to-one with our New Work Producer in summer 2020. Sian then submitted an early draft of Running With Lions to our Script Reading Service, with the story being produced as an audio play by Talawa and feral inc. for a BBC Radio 4 Commission (May 2021).

Running With Lions is a Lyric Hammersmith Theatre and Talawa Theatre Company co-production.

  • Michael Buffong, Artistic Director, Talawa Theatre Company and Director of Running With Lions

    "Sian Carter is a brilliant new writer; her story of an intergenerational family learning to overcome the challenges we all face today is life-affirming. We have an amazing cast. This is going to be an absolute treat for audiences."

  • Cast

    Ruby Barker (Bridgerton)

    Wil Johnson (Waking the Dead)

    Suzette Llewellyn (EastEnders)

    Nickcolia King-N'da (The Death Of A Black Man)

    Velile Tshabalala (Call The Midwife)

    Issey King

  • Creative Team

    Writer - Sian Carter
    Director - Michael Buffong
    Set & Costume Designer - Soutra Gilmour
    Lighting Designer - Aideen Malone
    Sound Designer - Tony Gayle
    Associate Lighting Designer - Catja Hamilton
    Casting - Chandra Ruegg
    Assistant Director - Kwame Owusu

    Watch the trailer here.

  • Culture Whisper

    'A scorcher of a play, that offers as many laughs as it does tears.' ★★★★★

  • Time Out

    'A beautifully observed drama... that effortlessly fills the Lyric Hammersmith's venerable stage.' ★★★★

  • Reviews Hub

    'Heart-warming and entertaining' ★★★★

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