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Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES

Lyric Theatre Safety Policy

Health & safety measures
  • 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
  • Availability of hand sanitiser
  • Declaration on entry to confirm you have no Covid-19 symptoms
Visitor measures
  • Limited numbers with socially distanced seating

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 Although the theatre has undergone various renovations, it still uses an outdated electric pump which amazingly still operates the venue’s remarkable iron curtain.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 18/09/2022 19:00:00. Tickets for Get Up Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical start at £18 and are available to book now.

Operation Ouch Live on Stage is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The upcoming booking period for Operation Ouch Live on Stage at Lyric Theatre starts 04/12/2021 11:00:00 and runs until 16/01/2022 11:00:00. Tickets for Operation Ouch Live on Stage start at £18 and are available to book now.

West End Musical Christmas is the current production at Lyric Theatre. The upcoming booking period for West End Musical Christmas at Lyric Theatre starts 20/12/2021 20:00:00 and runs until 20/12/2021 20:00:00. Tickets for West End Musical Christmas start at £30 and are available to book now.

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 21/03/2022 19:30:00. Tickets for Showstopper! The Improvised Musical start at £18 and are available to book now.

Lyric Theatre is located in London. The full address is Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES.

Past Events

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ConcertChris Ramsey: All Growed Up

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MusicalSam Bailey: Live in the West End

ConcertFacing East in Concert

PlayDance of Death

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MusicalThriller Live
4.52,903 reviews

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

MusicalGruffalo
4.3223 reviews

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

MusicalOnly One Direction

PlayCentrepoint's Laughing Point

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ConcertSeasons of Larson

DancePasha and Katya

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

PlayDany Boon "Best Of"

PlaySimon Callow in The Man Jesus

MusicalGodspell In Concert

PlayHitchcock Blonde

PlayThe Circus of Horrors

PlayKnightmare Live - Level 2

ConcertAll-Star Comedy Benefit for Jim Tavare
5.01 reviews

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

MusicalThe Gruffalo’s Child
4.425 reviews

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

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

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

PlaySmaller

PlayMidlife Cowboy

MusicalCAMUT - Life is Rhythm

PlayOi Frog & Friends!
4.728 reviews

Oi Frog & Friends live on the London stage just in time for Christmas!

MusicalCurtis Stigers

DanceGiovanni Pernice: Born To Win
5.02 reviews

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

PlayWe're Going on a Bear Hunt

PlayHome and Beauty

Musical#searchforatwitterstar LIVE!

MusicalBeautiful and Damned

PlayRoom On The Broom Live
4.450 reviews

Room on the Broom flies back into the West End!

PlayENCOUNTERS: Performers on Performance: TIM MINCHIN

PlayConstant Wife

MusicalLIZA (on an E)

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

PlayOutings

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

PlayI, Feuerbach

PlayAn 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.

ConcertJoe Stilgoe in New Songs for Old Souls - Christmas Special

MusicalWeGotTickets Musical Comedy Awards Final

Hosted by the wonderful Tina T'urner Tea Lady!

MusicalNever Forget (Lyric)

PlayRaising Expectations

PlaySecret Rapture

PlayEncounters: Performers on Performance

DanceExplosion UK

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4.5197 reviews

Experience the stories and songs of Simon and Garfunkel in this unmissable concert production.

MusicalElton John: It's A Little Bit Funny

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

MusicalSix
4.9677 reviews

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