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Paul Auster's City of Glass

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' - The Herald on 59 Productions

A 59 Productions, Lyric Hammersmith, HOME and Karl Sydow production

‘A marriage of technology and live performance that heralds a new era of vital, sensual, liminal theatre’
City AM

‘Visually astonishing adaptation of Paul Auster’s noir classic. It’s totally different from anything else you might see at the theatre.’
Time Out

‘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’
Arts Desk

‘Extraordinary video-designs. You can hardly believe that such a small band have created this extraordinary world at the curtain call’

Cancellation Policy

No exchanges or refunds after purchase.


1 hour 42 minutes

Good To Know




*Please note the production contains nudity*

How Does It Work

You will receive a confirmation email after booking to present to the box office on arrival.

Suitable For Children


When Can I Go


Thursday 20 April – Tuesday 25 April 2017

Evening performance 7.30pm


Thursday 27 April – Saturday 13 May 2017

Evening performances 7.30pm (no performance Monday 01 May)

Saturday matinees at 2.30pm (from 29 April)

Wednesday Matinees at 1.30pm (from 03 May)

No performances on Sundays

Where Do I Go

Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King St, London, W6 0QL

The Lyric Hammersmith is a 20-minute tube ride from Central London and easily accessible by car and by bus. It is a two-minute walk from the tube and bus stations. The entrance to the Lyric, opposite the fountains on Lyric Square, is ground level with lift access inside to all floors.

Lyric Hammersmith

Latest customer reviews

  • Fantastic production and play

    9 May 2017

    We loved seeing Paul Auster's City of Glass at the Lyric and recommended it immediately. The set, acting and production were all fantastic and we were lucky to also be able to attend a Q&A with the actors following the play, which gave us interesting insights into the behind-the-scenes processes. Thank you! Only comment - aspects of the production were quite intense (gun shots etc) so it would have been nice to have a warning - this was probably written somewhere but I think it would be helpful for people to be reminded just before entering the show.

    Ines Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Disappointed

    6 May 2017

    Show cancelled at the last minute with no understudy and no prior notice. Very disappointing.

    Tammy Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • 3 May 2017

    Projection case study

    Kostis Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Thoughtful

    30 April 2017

    We were four theatre goers across two generations and we're all stimulated and engaged by the production. Half knew auster well and were impressed by the translation of the graphic novel to the screen. One person cried. I have continued to think about the play since, appreciating the sensitive and compassionate handling of the plays essential subject matter.

    Pyne Confirmed ticket purchaser