Lyric Theatre, London

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Lyric Theatre
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The Lyric Theatre in April 2007
Address Shaftesbury Avenue
Westminster, London
Coordinates 51°30′40″N 0°08′02″W / 51.511111°N 0.133889°W / 51.511111; -0.133889
Owner Nimax Theatres
Designation Grade II
Type West End theatre
Capacity 967 on four levels
(Originally 1,306)
Production Thriller – Live
Construction
Opened 17 December 1888
Architect C. J. Phipps
Website
www.nimaxtheatres.com/nimax/lyric

The Lyric Theatre is a West End theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster.

Designed by the architect C. J. Phipps, it was built by the producer Henry Leslie with profits from the Alfred Cellier and B. C. Stephenson hit, Dorothy, which he transferred from the Prince of Wales Theatre to open his new venue on 17 December 1888. It was the second theatre to be constructed on this stretch of Shaftesbury Avenue and is now the oldest in the street. The foyer and bars were refurbished in 1932-33, and the facade was restored in 1994. At present it seats 967 on four levels, although it originally was designed with a seating capacity of 1,306. The theatre still uses an electric pump to operate its iron curtain.

Early in the theatre's history, it staged mostly comic operas, and later it has been a home to light comedies, musicals and straight dramas.

The theatre retains many of its original features (including being built behind an original 1767 house front, at the rear to Great Windmill Street, the former house and museum of Sir William Hunter) and the theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960.[1]

Notable productions[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ English Heritage listing details accessed 28 April 2007

References[edit]

  • Guide to British Theatres 1750-1950, John Earl and Michael Sell pp. 124–5 (Theatres Trust, 2000) ISBN 0-7136-5688-3
  • Who's Who in the Theatre, edited by John Parker, tenth edition, revised, London, 1947, pps: 477-478.

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