Lyric Theatre

Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES


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The Lyric Theatre, on Shaftesbury Avenue, was designed by architect C.J. Phipps and built by producer Henry Leslie, who used the profits from the hit show Dorothy at the Prince of Wales Theatre to open his new Lyric Theatre in December 1888. It was the second theatre to be opened on this stretch and is now the oldest surviving theatre on the street.

The theatre was refurbished in 1933 to include a new foyer and bar, and the façade was restored in 1994 to regain many of its former features, such as the 1767 house front. It has 967 of the original 1,306 seats on four levels, and the original electric pump is still used today to operate the iron curtain. The Lyric Theatre began by staging mostly comic operas, but it now also presents comedies, musicals and dramas.

More notable productions are Steel Magnolias, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Death of a Salesman and Hairspray, as well as an 869 performance run of Alan Ayckbourne’s How the Other Half Loves. The Lyric Theatre is at Shaftesbury Avenue, near Charing Cross station, London, W1D 7ES, and is also accessible by tube on the Victoria and Waterloo lines.


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