Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith)

Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, 2009
Location Hammersmith
London, W6
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°29′35″N 0°13′35″W / 51.49306°N 0.22639°W / 51.49306; -0.22639
Public transit London Underground Hammersmith (District/Piccadilly)
London Underground Hammersmith (Circle/Hammersmith & City)
Owner Lyric Theatre Hammersmith Ltd
Capacity 550 (main house)
110 (studio)
Opened 1895 (1895)
Rebuilt 1979
Architect Frank Matcham (original)

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, on a site located further up King Street from its current position. In 1966 the theatre was due to be closed and demolished, but after a successful campaign it was 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 Sian Alexander.[3]

The Lyric has recently gone through a major re-development project, with new facilities for young people and the local community completed in 2015, designed by Rick Mather Architects[4] and was nominated in the 'community benefit' and 'tourism and leisure' categories at the RICS Awards 2016, London.[5]

In 2011, the Lyric won the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre for Sean Holmes' production of Sarah Kane's Blasted.[6]

Five strands

The Lyric’s programme is divided into five strands:

Production history

(Source: the Lyric official website[7])

Artistic directors of the Lyric Hammersmith

Name Period
... ...
Neil Bartlett 1994–2004[8]
David Farr 2005–2008[9]
Sean Holmes 2009–present[3]


  1. 1 2 3 "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. 1 2 "About the Lyric: Our Staff", Lyric official website, accessed 19 January 2011.
  4. "Capital Development", Lyric official website, accessed 20 January 2014.
  5. Surveyors, Royal Institution of Chartered. "RICS Awards, London". Retrieved 2016-03-15.
  7. "Lyric website", Lyric official website, accessed 19 January 2011.
  8. Taylor, Paul (26 January 2002). "Neil Bartlett - The Independent". London.
  9. Christiansen, Rupert (13 November 2002). "Innovator ready for a fight - Telegraph". London: Retrieved 28 January 2011.
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