Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith)

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Lyric Hammersmith
The lyric hammersmith.jpg
Lyric Hammersmith in 2009
Address King Street
City London
Country  United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′35″N 0°13′35″W / 51.49306°N 0.22639°W / 51.49306; -0.22639Coordinates: 51°29′35″N 0°13′35″W / 51.49306°N 0.22639°W / 51.49306; -0.22639
Architect Frank Matcham
Capacity 550 (Main House)
110 (Studio)
Opened 1895
Rebuilt 1979
Website
lyric.co.uk

The Lyric Theatre, also known as the Lyric Hammersmith, is a theatre in King Street, in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, which takes pride in its original, "groundbreaking" productions.[1]

The Lyric Theatre was built in 1895 by the English theatrical architect Frank Matcham. In 1966 the theatre was closed, to be dismantled and re-built piece by piece on its current site close to the original location. The new theatre reopened in 1979.[2]

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.[1]

Its current artistic director is Sean Holmes, and its executive director is Jessica Hepburn.[3]

The Lyric is going through a major re-development project, with new facilities for young people and the local community due for completion in November 2014.[4]

In 2011, the Lyric won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Sean Holmes' production of Sarah Kane's Blasted.[5]

Five strands[edit]

The Lyric’s programme is divided into five strands:

  • Main House
  • Studio
  • Music & Comedy
  • Lyric Children
  • Lyric Young Company[1]

Production history[edit]

(Source: the Lyric official website[6])

Artistic directors of the Lyric Hammersmith[edit]

Name Period
... ...
Neil Bartlett 1994–2004[7]
David Farr 2005–2008[8]
Sean Holmes 2009–present[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About the Lyric", Lyric official website, accessed 9 May 2008.
  2. ^ John Earl, "Presidential Address: The Crest of a Wave", Frank Matcham Society Magazine, n.d., accessed 19 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "About the Lyric: Our Staff", Lyric official website, accessed 19 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Capital Development", Lyric official website, accessed 20 January 2014.
  5. ^ http://www.olivierawards.com/nominations/view/item114061/Outstanding-Achievement-in-an-Affiliate-Theatre/
  6. ^ "Lyric website", Lyric official website, accessed 19 January 2011.
  7. ^ Taylor, Paul (26 January 2002). "Neil Bartlett - The Independent". London. 
  8. ^ Christiansen, Rupert (13 November 2002). "Innovator ready for a fight - Telegraph". London: telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 

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