History of Lyric Theatre:
The Lyric Theatre opened on 17 December 1888 on Shaftesbury Avenue (where it is currently oldest theatre on the street). It was originally built for Henry J Leslie as a home for operettas, but over the years has become more associated with straight dramas, comedies, and musicals.
Whilst the theatre retains a lot of its original features (including the 1767 house front it was built behind), it refurbished the foyer and bars in 1932-33, and the façade was restored in 1994.
One of the theatres most successful productions was 1950’s The Little Hut, which ran for 1,261 performances. Tragedy struck during a production of Loot in 1984, when Leonard Rossiter suddenly passed away due to heart troubles whilst waiting to go onstage. The Really Useful Group purchased the Lyric in 2000.
Lyric Theatre Seating Plan:
Lyric Theatre News:
- Babies – A New (Born) British Musical announce concert performances
- Death Note the Musical takes us behind the scenes – First Look
- Death Note the Musical in Concert – First Look Rehearsal Photos
- Mandy Patinkin Live In Concert at the Lyric Theatre this November
- Death Note the Musical announces 6 performances at Lyric Theatre
- Michael Ball in West End revival of Aspects of Love – First Look
- Aspects of Love revival at Lyric Theatre announce further casting
- Jamie Bogyo to join Michael Ball in Aspects of Love at the Lyric Theatre
- Michael Ball to star in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects Of Love at the Lyric Theatre
- West End Musical Christmas comes to Lyric Theatre on 19 December 2022