A dramatic history
This “theatre for the truly theatrical" has a classical 19th century auditorium that can comfortably hold up to 550 people. It was originally a music hall that opened in 1888 but was subsequently knocked down and rebuilt in 1895 when the world famous Lily Langtrey provided the opening address.
Almost demolished again in the 1960s, it was dismantled and painstakingly reinstalled piece by piece at the current location on King Street.
When you enter the auditorium you will be thrown back to the old days of theatre with magnificent Rococo work, plush seating, luxurious stalls and a genuine sense of history. Despite this, it’s designed for the modern audience, so you can sit in comfort, relax and enjoy a play or musical.
Of course, the thing that really matters in a theatre is what happens on stage. Few theatres in Great Britain have been responsible for so many ground-breaking plays and shows as the Lyric. Its most famous production was the massive hit Bugsy Malone which was subsequently turned into an award winning film.
The theatre has an ongoing programme of events for those who love the stage including special nights out where different areas of the theatre cater for different tastes. If you want to combine your visit with a little education then regular classes and workshops are held for the public.
If you fancy a bite to eat before the show, or a tipple during the interval, there are several dining options in the theatre itself, including the Lyric Bar & Grill and Peyton & Byrne at the Lyric.