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Lyric Hammersmith

Lyric Hammersmith

King Street , London, , W6 0QL
550 (Main House); 110 (Studio) people


The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre is one of London‘s leading producing theatres. A vision for the Hammersmith theatre was first discussed in 1886 by Charles Cordingly. In 1888, a small theatre opened on Bradmore Grove. In 1895, the Lyric opened as the New Lyric Opera House with a performance of Dora, a one-act play. During World War One, audience numbers declined, so to encourage new visitors, the Lyric became a house for touring companies.

In 1949, a production of The Seagull transferred to the West End. That same year, John Gielgud (of Gielgud Theatre fame) directed Richard Burton at this venue. The 1950s saw many big names perform, including Marie Rambert and a production of Harold Pinter's The Birthday Party.

The Lyric was set to be demolished in 1969, but after a local campaign, the Queen reopened the venue a decade later. Notable productions include Make and Break, Noises Off and Ghost Stories. In 2018, the Main House was refurbished for the first time in 40 years. Rachel O'Riordan joined as artistic director in February 2019.

Seating plan

Map and travel info

Lyric HammersmithKing Street , London, , W6 0QL
Nearest tubeHammersmith

Location: Fringe/Off West End Railway station: West Brompton Bus numbers: 190, 266, 267, 391, H91 Night bus numbers: N9, N11

Located in Congestion Charge ZoneNo

Currently playing at Lyric Hammersmith


15 July 2022 - 13 August 2022


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