The Lyric Hammersmith is one of the UK’s leading producing theatres. It is known for producing high quality contemporary theatre, alongside a strong focus and dedication to nurturing the creativity of young people.
The Lyric Theatre was originally a music hall established in 1888 on Bradmore Grove, Hammersmith. Success as an entertainment venue led it to be rebuilt and enlarged on the same site twice, firstly in 1890 and then in 1895 by the English theatrical architect Frank Matcham. The 1895 it re-opened as The New Lyric Opera House. In 1966 the theatre was due to be closed and demolished. However, a successful campaign to save it led to the auditorium being dismantled and re-installed piece by piece within a modern shell on its current site on King Street a short distance from the former Bradmore Grove location. The relocated theatre opened in 1979.
The Lyric Hammersmith has two main performance areas: the Main House, a 550 seat 19th-century auditorium and the 120-seat Studio, which houses smaller productions by up-and-coming companies.