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Lyric Theatre London

About the Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre is the oldest surviving theatre on the famous Shaftesbury Avenue and was designed by the architect C. J. Phipps in an ornate Renaissance design. The theatre opened in 1888, a decade which saw a London theatre building boom with 12 new theatres being built. The first production at the Lyric was a transfer of the light comic opera Dorothy, which was already a hit at the nearby Prince of Wales Theatre and helped to finance the building of the Lyric.

Over the year's many successful musicals and plays have been staged at the Lyric Theatre, including Alan Ayckbourn's How the Other Half Loves in 1970, the London premiere of the musical Blood Brothers in 1983, and a 2007 revival of Cabaret starring James Dreyfuss and Julian Clary.

The theatre was the home of the hugely successful Michael Jackson tribute show Thriller Live, which despite being panned by critics played at the Lyric for over 10 years before closing in early 2020. The show became one of the longest-running productions in West End history, playing over 4,500 performances.

Plan your visit

The Lyric Theatre opens around 45 minutes before the show starts. The Box Office opens from 10am on performance days.
There is no specific dress code for the Lyric Theatre. Patrons should wear attire that is comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
There is an air conditioning system in the Lyric Theatre.
A small cloakroom is available for ticket holders to store larger items during the show. There is a £1 charge per item stored and access is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Upon entry to the theatre, security staff will undertake bag and ticket checks. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early to allow plenty of time.
Some shows do have age restrictions due to the content in the show. Age recommendations for each show are available on the relevant production pages. All adults and children entering the theatre must have a ticket. All children aged 16 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult and seated together.
Yes, booster seats are available for children at the Lyric Theatre, but are given out on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Please ask an usher to assist you if you require one.
There are three bars in the Lyric Theatre, on the stalls, dress circle and upper circle levels. The bars serve a range of alcoholic and soft drinks, as well as confectionery, nuts and ice cream.
The Lyric Theatre is situated in Soho, where there is an abundance of restaurants, cafes, street food stalls and pubs to eat dinner before or after the show. Try some artisinal Italian cuisine at Bocca di Luppo, which is less than a five-minute walk from the theatre. Alternatively, sample a different take on Japanese food at Shackfuyu, which is also a five-minute walk away.
The Hotel Café Royal on Regent Street is a good choice for those visiting the Lyric Theatre. This five-star hotel is perfect if you're looking to make your theatre visit extra special. Alternatively, for those on a tighter budget, the Premier Inn in Leicester Square is just a few minutes walk from the theatre
The Lyric Theatre opened in 1888 and was designed by the architect C. J. Phipps, who also designed the Savoy, Her Majesty's and Lyceum Theatres. It was the second theatre to be built on Shaftesbury Avenue, which is now considered by many the heart of London's theatreland and is the oldest theatre on the street still surviving. Take a look at the theatre's facade as you enter, which was built in renaissance style. The carved mouldings, which can be found throughout the auditorium are also original.

Help booking tickets

Tickets are held at the box office for collection on the day of your performance. Patrons should try to arrive as early as possible to avoid queues and allow enough time to enter the auditorium. Please ensure you bring your confirmation email and a form of ID.
The Lyric Theatre box office is open from 10am-6pm on Monday and 10am-8pm on Tuesday-Saturday for in-person bookings and collection. If there are Sunday performances, the box office will open from 10am until the final performance commences.
The Lyric Theatre box office can be contacted on 0330 333 4812.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their 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 Theatre can be hired for private and corporate events. For full details of pricing and what the theatre can offer, please call 020 7395 0780 or email
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