Paul Auster's City of Glass
In het Lyric Hammersmith
Based on the first novel of The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster and the graphic novel by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli. Tony Award-winning 59 Productions (An American in Paris, War Horse, David Bowie Is) and Olivier Award-nominated playwright Duncan Macmillan bring this seminal American novel to life in a dazzlingly original stage adaptation. 'It was a wrong number that started it.' When reclusive crime writer Daniel Quinn receives a mysterious call seeking a private detective in the middle of the night, he quickly and unwittingly becomes the protagonist in a 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, Quinn becomes consumed by his mission, and begins to lose his grip on reality. Will he be drawn deeper into the abyss, or could the quest provide the purpose and meaning he needs to rebuild his shattered life? This bold, technically ground-breaking production uses stagecraft, projection, magic and illusion to immerse audiences in the dizzying, disorientating and ultimately transcendental story that helped establish Auster’s reputation as 'one of America’s greatest living novelists' (The Guardian) 'the most exciting purveyors of video for theatre in the world'
Paul Auster's City of Glass Reviews
"Visually astonishing adaptation of Paul Auster’s noir classic. It’s totally different from anything else you might see at the theatre."
"a marriage of technology and live performance that heralds a new era of vital, sensual, liminal theatre"
"Neo-noir thriller that rewrites the rulebook for theatre design… a must-see show"
The Daily Telegraph
"A terrific experience… a genuinely thrilling and enthralling evening"
1 hour 42 minutes