City Of GlassDuration 1h45

Lyric Hammersmith, King Street, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom W6 0QL

City Of Glass, the first part of Paul Auster’s landmark series of novels, The New York Trilogy, is brought vividly to life on the Lyric Hammersmith stage in an original stage adaptation by Tony Award-winning 59 Productions and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan. 

“It was a wrong number that started it.”  When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious phone call from a man seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a real-life thriller of his own. He falls under the spell of a strange and seductive woman, who engages him to protect her young husband from his sociopathic father.

As the familiar territory of the noir detective genre gives way to something altogether more disturbing and unpredictable, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality. Will he be drawn deeper into the abyss, or might unmasking this dark story of familial abuse and religious conspiracy provide the purpose and meaning he needs to rebuild his shattered life? 

Featuring design inspired by the acclaimed graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli, this brand new production will feature cutting edge projection-mapping, which combined with stagecraft, magic and illusion, will immerse audiences into Quinn’s increasingly dystopic and fragmented world. 

In 2017 Auster turns 70 and The New York Trilogy, his first ever work of prose fiction, marks three decades in publication. 

Age Recommendation: 14+.

Cast & Creatives

Vivienne Acheampong, Mark Edel-Hunt, Chris New, Jack Tarlton
Paul Auster
Adapted by
Duncan Macmillan
Leo Warner
Music by
Nick Powell
A 59 Productions, Lyric Hammersmith and HOME production with Karl Sydow
Molly Einchcomb
Lighting Designer
Matt Daw
Movement Director
Kim Brandstrup
Set Designer
Jenny Melville
Gareth Fry

Lyric Hammersmith

King Street, Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom W6 0QL
020 8741 6850
Official site
Nearest tube
Hammersmith (150m)
Nearest bus
9, 10, 27, 33, 72, 91, 190, 209, 211, 220, 266, 267, 290, 390, 391, 609, 700, 702, 740

Adjacent to theatre in Kings Mall on Glenthorne Road - direct access to the theatre via the terrace - call 020 8748 9494 for further info. Very limited on street parking.

This venue accepts Theatre Tokens

Access information

How to book
Tel: 020 8741 6850 Next Generation Text Service 18001 020 8741 6850 Email:
Access concessions are £15, and £15 companion tickets are available.
Limited mobility
Main theatre - seats D1, D18, E1, E20, all of row R in the Stalls and back row of the Circle offer the best leg room. Seats Stalls left is level access.
Access description
Level access to Box Office and street level café through automatic doors on Lyric Square. Box Office straight ahead. 18 steps or lift to level 1 and creative learning room. 19 steps or lift to main foyer. Hard flooring and walls marked for visibility. 33 steps or lift to Stalls level. 26 steps or lift to Circle level. 26 steps or lift to Upper Circle. 17 steps from main foyer to Reuben Foundation Wing level 1. 20 steps from Reuben Foundation Wing level 1 to level 2. All lifts have voice announcements and Braille signage. Auditorium is carpeted, l other areas are tiled and carpeted.
Hearing impaired
Sennheiser infra-red system in both theatres with headsets. Headsets can be obtained from a member of staff at box office or Duty Manager in main Foyer. System can also be used in conjunction with hearing aids, please switch to the ‘T’ setting. Induction loop at Box Office, Studio and Main House.
Guide dogs policy
Guide dogs are welcomed into the building and auditorium, please let the box office know when booking your ticket so you are allocated a suitable seat. Staff are also happy to dog sit.
Lift access to the Main House is via the lifts on the other side of the Main Foyer. On the Stalls level there is an automated door opposite the lifts leading directly into the auditorium. There is a slope leading to four wheelchair accessible seats, which are at the back of the auditorium (R20-23). Companions can sit in adjacent seat if available, otherwise in R16-19. Patrons wishing to transfer from their wheelchair to a seat in the Main House can sit anywhere along the left-hand side of the Stalls if they require step-free access; the right-hand side of the Stalls and both sides of Circle and Upper Circle have steps leading into the auditorium.
Men's and women's at each level.
Disabled toilets
There are accessible toilets in the café, on the first floor level next to the creative space, in the main restaurant, and on the stalls level of the main house. There is also a ‘Changing Places’ facility located in the Reuben Foundation Wing.
There are accessible toilets in the café, on the first floor level next to the creative space, in the main restaurant, and on the stalls level of the main house. There is also a ‘Changing Places’ facility located in the Reuben Foundation Wing.
This venue accepts Theatre Tokens