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Lyric Hammersmith London

About the Lyric Hammersmith

The Lyric Hammersmith first opened in 1895, designed by prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham as an intimate opera house. Originally built on another site, the Lyric Theatre was threatened with demolition in 1966 to make way for a new shopping complex. After public outcry, it was decided that the theatre would be dismantled and rebuilt on its current site, along with a new contemporary black-box studio.

In 1979 the new venue was opened by the Queen. In 2004, the theatre underwent major renovations at the hands of architect Rick Mather, creating a new ticket booth, café and rehearsal spaces. The Lyric Hammersmith has since been expanded in 2012 and 2015, with new rooms added, including the multi-facilitated Reuben Foundation Wing. Currently the main auditorium has a capacity of 550.

One of the UK’s leading producing theatres, the Lyric Hammersmith welcomes audiences in their thousands throughout the year and hosts work by playwrights such as Harold Pinter and Simon Stephens. Much like Islington's Almeida Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith is highly-regarded for creating smash-hit productions that regularly transfer to the West End. Notable productions include Bugsy Malone, Shopping and F***ing, Ghost Stories and the Olivier Award-winning Blasted.

Plan your visit

The Box Office opens at 6pm and remains open until the beginning of the performance. The Lyric Bar & Grill, located inside the venue, is open from 12pm until late Monday-Saturday. The Lyric Café, located on the Ground Floor, is open 8am until 7.30pm Monday to Saturday. With so much bar and café space, it is worth arriving early to enjoy the atmosphere and hospitality before your show.
There is a cloakroom located in the Main Foyer, which charges £1 per item. As space is limited, the venue requests that patrons do not bring suitcases or large bags into the theatre. Try to only bring small items that can comfortably sit on your lap during the show.
The Lyric Bar & Grill serves a range of pre-theatre meals such as burgers, fresh salad and craft beer. The Lyric Café offers specialty coffee with breakfast pastries, pies at lunchtime and lovely cakes all day. These options make it a fantastic venue for pre-performance dining. Drinks from the bar can be taken into the theatre.
There are many pubs and restaurants in the Hammersmith area of London. The Lyric Bar & Grill is an ideal choice, being part of the venue. Other popular options nearby include Wagammama, Nando’s and Bill’s. Popular nearby pubs such as The Swan and The William Morris are good options, but can get very busy in the evenings, so it is best to book ahead to make sure your group gets a table.
Novotel London West is located 0.3 miles from the theatre and is voted “#3 Best Value places to stay in London” on TripAdvisor. The Holiday Inn Express a short walk from the venue offers no-fuss, affordable accommodation that is perfect for a short stay.

Help booking tickets

The Box Office opening hours are 10am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Ticket collection is available at the box Office until the performance opens.
The box office can be contacted directly on 020 8741 6850. Other contact details and venue information can be found at lyric.co.uk/.
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