Lyric Hammersmith, London

Seating plan

Lyric Hammersmith seating plan

Lyric Hammersmith Seating Plan

The Lyric Hammersmith has a capacity of 582 seats, including 325 seats in the Stalls, 121 seats in the Circle and 136 seats in the Upper Circle. Use our interactive seating plan to view 182 seat reviews and 116 photos of views from seat.

Venue overview

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 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.

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. With a seating capacity of above 550 in the main space, the main theatre is split across three levels; the Stalls, Circle and Upper Circle. Despite several renovations, the Lyric is a relatively traditional auditorium that reflects those in London’s West End. A variety of views and levels of comfort can be found throughout the theatre.

Good value seats

Sit anywhere in the theatre for a great overall view of the stage. Due to the intimacy and rake of the auditorium, cheap seats can be found towards the rear of the section, which still offer a great overall view of the stage. Sitting in the back row of the Circle can prove to be good value for money, whilst those looking to purchase tickets on a strict budget should choose the Upper Circle.

Premium seats

Premium seats are located primarily in the Stalls, particularly in the centre of the auditorium. Alternatively, sitting in the front of the Circle is a great option for large-scale musicals, as it gives you a panoramic view of the entire stage. Sitting in the Stalls guarantees a great overall view of the stage, due to the decent rake and proximity to the stage.

Recent seat reviews

Stalls C10
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Jamb0r 178, 162 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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Lyric Hammersmith Stalls C10 view from seat photo

For this production this was the third row of the stalls. The seat was perfect - great distance from the stage, good legroom and the seat was comfortable (though the theatre was very hot so wear light clothing!). I would definitely sit here again More

Saw Noises Off Noises Off on 22 July 2019

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Stalls K20
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rikkiONshow 178cm, 254 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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Lyric Hammersmith Stalls K20 view from seat photo

I was a little worried that the view from this seat wouldn't be so good as it's right at the end of the row, but I was so surprised that I was wrong. You still get a fantastic view of the stage, missing nothing and feel very close to the action. Particularly... More

Saw Noises Off Noises Off on 11 July 2019

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Stalls C7
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Jamb0r 178, 162 reviews, 4 helpful votes
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Lyric Hammersmith Stalls C7 view from seat photo

For this production this was the front row, and the legroom was completely unlimited. The stage is about eye height when seated, so there was a bit of looking up involved when actors were at the front of the stage, but for most of the performance the... More

Saw Ghost Stories Ghost Stories on 03 May 2019

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