Lyric Hammersmith

Entertainment & Arts

Europe, United Kingdom, London

The Lyric Theatre, also known as the Lyric Hammersmith, is a theatre on King Street, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, which takes pride in its original, "groundbreaking" productions. The Lyric Theatre was built in 1895 by the English theatrical architect Frank Matcham. In 1966 the theatre was closed, to be dismounted and re-built piece by piece on its current site nearby the original location. The new theatre reopened in 1979. It has two main performance areas: the Main House, a 550-seat 19th-century auditorium maintaining the original design which hosts its main productions; and the 120-seat Studio, which houses smaller productions by up-and-coming companies. The Lyric also presents frequent Lyric Children and Lyric Music performances as well as Sunday Night Comedy. Its current artistic director is Sean Holmes, and its executive director is Jessica Hepburn. The Lyric is about to go through a major re-development project, with new facilities for young people and the local community. In 2011, the Lyric won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Sean Holmes' production of Sarah Kane's Blasted.