The Lyons
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781559364362Publication Date:
25 Apr 2013
First Staged:
Vineyard Theatre, New York, 2011

The Lyons

By Nicky Silver

Paperback £14.99

A deliciously savage family comedy.

When the dying Ben Lyons' wife, Rita, and their grown children gather to say goodbye, they learn that despite being a family, each of them is utterly isolated. Afraid of closeness and afraid of solitude, they are propelled into foreign territory — human connection.

This intimate and frightening examination of how we cope with loneliness and disappointment earned a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play.

Press Quotes

'pleasingly shocking... the best comedy to hit the London stage this year'

The Times

'horribly amusing... revels in the writhing spectacle of family as vipers' nest... the spikiest show in town'


'scabrously funny in a wildly inappropriate, oh-my-god-did-she-really-say-that type way... if you loved Clybourne Park, you'll probably like this'

Time Out

'an American Joe Orton who specialises in comic outrageousness'


'Fast-quipping, point-scoring humor... a shade of existential emptiness and anger hangs over even the jolliest exchange in this play'

New York Times
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781559364362Publication Date:
25 Apr 2013

Also by Nicky Silver:

Raised in Captivity
Etiquette and Vitriol: The Food Chain and other plays

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