Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES

Lyric Theatre Safety Policy

Health & safety measures
  • All staff wearing masks
  • All visitors asked to wear masks
  • Regular visible cleaning of all touchable surfaces before and after performances
  • One way routing in building to minimise contact
  • Signage regarding social distancing etiquette
  • Paperless or print at home tickets
  • Pre-order food and drinks online
  • Availability of hand sanitiser
  • Declaration on entry to confirm you have no Covid-19 symptoms

Getting here

Closest Tube Station

Piccadilly Circus

Closest Train Station

Charing Cross

Located in Shaftesbury Avenue, the Lyric Theatre is a popular West End theatre. It has a seating capacity of 915 on four levels. C. J. Phipps built the theatre for the producer Henry Leslie. The light opera of the latter hit “Dorothy” made him enough profit to finance the project, as well as transfer the show to open the new theatre on 17th December 1888.

Welcome to the Lyric Theatre

The Lyric is the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. Initially specialising in musical theatre, it continued to be the same throughout its history. During the venue’s first 40 years, productions included The Mountebanks (1982), His Excellency (1984), The Chocolate Solider (1910) and Lilac Time (1922). The Lyric has also staged several non-musicals ranging from the works of Shakespeare to Noël Coward. Stars who have graced the theatre with their performance include Marie Tempest, Ellen Terry, Tallulah Bankhead, Laurence Olivier, and Vivien Leigh. More recent actors to play here include Ian McKellen, Woody Harrelson, John Malkovich, Glenda Jackson, and Alec Guinness.

The Architecture and History of the Lyric

In 1932 and 33, the beautiful bars and foyer underwent refurbishment. Later, in 1994, the majestic façade was restored. Although the theatre has undergone various renovations, it still uses an outdated electric pump which amazingly still operates the venue’s remarkable iron curtain. The Lyric Theatre was originally constructed around an already present structure which was once Sir William Hunter’s home and museum and dated back to 1766. While many knew the venue for its comic operas, it gradually became a popular stage for musicals, comedies, and straight dramas.

As opposed to several other theatres in the West End, which have faced difficult times throughout their existence, the best shows at the Lyric by famous playwrights such as J. B. Priestley Eugene O’Neill and George Bernard Shaw kept the theatre standing strong in both its good and bad times. In 1960, it became Grade II listed and is owned by Nimax Theatres today.

Fun fact: A bomb hit the Lyric Theatre during WWI. Some say an Usherette killed in the blast haunts the venue.

The Theatre in the 2000s

Before Nimax Theatres bought the venue in 2005, Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Group purchased it in 2000. Productions before then included Fanny Burney’s A Busy Day (2000) starring Sara Crowe and Stephanie Beacham, followed by Brief Encounter’s stage adaptation starring Christopher Cazenove and Jenny Seagrove in the same year. Shows at the theatre in the 2000s came one after another and did not let the venue down.

  • The schoolgirl comedy Daisy Pulls It Off had a 3-month-long performance run in 2002.
  • In 2003, a revival of Strindberg’s The Dance Of Death starred Ian McKellen and Frances de la Tour.
  • Bill Kenwright presented Night Of The Iguana starring Jenny Seagrove, Clare Higgins, and Woody Harrelson in 2005.
  • In 2006, Phil McIntyre staged Smaller by Carmel Morgan, starring Alison Moyet and Dawn French.
Lyric Theatre Seating Plan
Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The latest booking period for Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical at Lyric Theatre started 01/10/2021 19:30:00 and runs until 08/01/2023 19:00:00. Tickets for Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical start at £18 and are available to [book now](/booking/get-up-stand-up-the-bob-marley-story-tickets/12-2022). Aspects of Love is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Aspects of Love at Lyric Theatre starts 12/05/2023 19:30:00 and runs until 11/11/2023 19:30:00. Tickets for Aspects of Love start at £30 and are available to [book now](/booking/aspects-of-love-tickets/12-2022). Blippi The Musical is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The latest booking period for Blippi The Musical at Lyric Theatre started 07/12/2022 13:00:00 and runs until 08/01/2023 10:30:00. Tickets for Blippi The Musical start at £27 and are available to [book now](/booking/blippi-the-musical-tickets/12-2022). West End Musical Christmas is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The latest booking period for West End Musical Christmas at Lyric Theatre started 13/12/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 19/12/2022 20:00:00. Tickets for West End Musical Christmas start at £45 and are available to [book now](/booking/west-end-musical-christmas/12-2022). Showstopper! The Improvised Musical is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The latest booking period for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical at Lyric Theatre started 22/01/2019 19:30:00 and runs until 12/12/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical start at £30 and are available to [book now](/booking/showstopper-the-improvised-musical-london-tickets/12-2022).
Lyric Theatre is located in London. The full address is Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES.

Musical

West End Live Lounge: The Greats

Some of the West End's brightest stars come together to sing the hits

Concert

Chris Ramsey: All Growed Up

Play

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

4.8(28)

Your hunt for the perfect family show is over. Let's go on a bear hunt!

Musical

Sam Bailey: Live in the West End

Concert

Facing East in Concert

Play

Dance of Death

Dance

Flamenco Flamenka

Musical

Only One Direction

Play

Centrepoint's Laughing Point

Play

Festen

Concert

Seasons of Larson

Dance

Pasha and Katya

Play

Joe Lycett: That's The Way, A-ha A-ha

Play

Dany Boon "Best Of"

Play

Simon Callow in The Man Jesus

Play

Hitchcock Blonde

Play

The Circus of Horrors

Play

Knightmare Live - Level 2

Concert

All-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare

5.0(1)

Don't miss the opportunity to support a good a cause and see 12 top comedians at the same time!

Musical

The Gruffalo’s Child

4.4(25)

Join the Gruffalo’s Child on her adventurous mission in a magical adaptation of the much-loved picture book.

Concert

Graeme Swann’s Great British Spin Off with Henry Blofeld – The Second Innings

This is an unmissable show full of surprises, anecdotes, impressions and more!

Play

Smaller

Play

Midlife Cowboy

Musical

CAMUT - Life is Rhythm

Musical

Curtis Stigers

Dance

Giovanni Pernice: Born To Win

5.0(2)

Strictly Come Dancing' professional, Giovanni Pernice, will be heading back out on tour in 2018, after a sell out tour in 2017.

Play

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Play

Home and Beauty

Musical

Beautiful and Damned

Play

ENCOUNTERS: Performers on Performance: TIM MINCHIN

Play

Constant Wife

Play

Outings

‘Punchy, lucid and moving… Highly recommended.’ -- The Guardian

Play

I, Feuerbach

Play

An Evening with Jennifer Saunders

Jennifer Saunders has a sit-down with actor David O-Reilly for a lovely evening at the Lyric Theatre in London.

Concert

Joe Stilgoe in New Songs for Old Souls - Christmas Special

Musical

WeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards Final

Hosted by the wonderful Tina T'urner Tea Lady!

Musical

Never Forget (Lyric)

Play

Raising Expectations

Play

Secret Rapture

Play

Encounters: Performers on Performance

Dance

Explosion UK

Musical

Elton John: It's A Little Bit Funny

Elton John: It's A Little Bit Funny comes to the West End for One-Night-Only

Musical

Gruffalo

4.3(223)

Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep dark wood… One of West End's Christmas favs is back!

Musical

Godspell In Concert

Musical

West End Musical Love Songs

West End Musical Love Songs in London's West End

Musical

Roles We'll Never Play

Roles We'll Never Play at the Lyric Theatre!

Musical

LIZA (on an E)

Trevor Ashley as the irrepressible, incomparable and infamously iconic Liza Minnelli in Liza (on an E)

Musical

#searchforatwitterstar LIVE!

Musical

Thriller Live

4.5(2,903)

Thriller Live celebrates the world’s greatest entertainer and undisputed King of Pop, Michael Jackson.

Dance

Metamorphosis

Maria Caruso’s Metamorphosis in London for 2 performances only!

Musical

A Journey to the Past

A one night only celebration of Ahrens & Flaherty.

Play

Room On The Broom Live

4.4(69)

Room on the Broom flies back into the West End!

Concert

Suggs: What A King Cnut – A Life in The Realm Of Madness

4.0(2)

Suggs is treading the boards again with a brand new show, his life in his words and music

Musical

West End Musical Halloween

For a night of freakish delight, get tickets for West End Halloween at Lyric Theatre London.

Musical

Six

4.9(676)

DIVORCED, BEHEADED, LIVE! AT THE LYRIC! Tickets to hit West End musical Six are among the hottest in Theatreland!

Play

Operation Ouch Live on Stage

TV’s favourite doctors return to the West End this December

Musical

La Voix - Eighth Wonder of the World

5.0(6)

La Voix in London for one night only!

Musical

The Simon and Garfunkel Story

4.5(201)

Experience the stories and songs of Simon and Garfunkel in a unique concert production.