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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. Hosting work by playwrights such as Harold Pinter, John Gielgud and Simon Stephens, the theatre is best-known 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.
There is no dress code at the theatre, but patrons should aim to wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
The Lyric Hammersmith is air-conditioned.
There is a cloakroom located in the Main Foyer. For security reasons, the venue requests that patrons do not bring suitcases or large bags into the theatre.
Security checks may be in operation at the Lyric Hammersmith. Patrons are advised to allow time for this.
The Lyric Bar & Grill serves a range of pre-theatre meals such as burgers, fresh salad and craft beer. The Lyric Café is open for most of the day and offers specialty coffee with breakfast pastries, pies at lunchtime and lovely cakes all day. 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 options nearby include Wagammama, Nando’s and Bill’s.
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 Lyric Hammersmith originally opened in a different location in 1888. It moved to it’s current location in 1979.

Help booking tickets

Ticket collection is available at the box office, which is located inside the venue. You can collect your tickets from 6pm until the performance begins. You may be asked to show ID as well as the payment card used to purchase the tickets.
The Box Office opening hours are 9am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday. Ticket collection is available at the box Office until the performance opens.
The Lyric Hammersmith box office can be contacted directly on 020 8741 6850.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) is the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check the STAR ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.
The Lyric Hammersmith has no fewer than eighteen different spaces available for hire, including two rehearsal rooms, a cinema, a film & TV studio and many other multi-art facilities. The auditorium has a capacity of 590. To make an enquiry, contact the Lyric Hammersmith Events Team by email at
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