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London's Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has announced its selections for its 2009 season, the first under new artistic director Sean Holmes.

The season will include the world premiere of Simon Stephens' Punk Rock (September 3-26), which draws on Stephens' own experience as a teacher to paint a portrait of seven young people with their sense of dislocation and simmering violence; Holmes' production of Trevor Griffiths' award-winning 1975 play Comedians (October 7-November 14), starring Matthew Kelly, David Dawson, and Mark Benton; Jack and Beanstalk (November 21-January 3), directed by Steve Marmion and co-authored by Richard Bean, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Joel Horwood, and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm; the Filter Theatre Company's production of Anton Chekhov's The Three Sisters (January 15-February 20); and Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman's Ghost Stories (February 24-March 27), in which three men gather to share their chilling tales.

In addition, as part of an initial 18-month experiment, the Lyric's 112-seat studio will cease to be a receiving house for visiting companies and will instead become a home for teenagers to develop, present and showcase new work under the direction of the Lyric Artistic Associates.

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