The Lyric Theatre opened on 17th December, 1888 with the hit comic opera, ‘Dorothy’. The theatre was designed by renowned architect, C.J Phipps for Henry J. Leslie, who financed the construction of this new theater from the profits he made from ‘Dorothy’. The Lyric Theatre, today, is one of four theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue, the others being the Apollo, Gielgud, and Queens.
An interesting fact about this theatre is that it still uses water to operate its iron curtains. Originally this water was sourced from the Thames River using hydraulically operated lifts, but now this is done using an electric pump.
Some of the most popular and well received productions to have graced the stage here include ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Five Guys Named Moe’, ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’, and ‘Cabaret’. Currently, this theater plays host to ‘Thriller Live’, a concert revue celebrating and paying homage to the music of The Jackson 5 and the solo work of Michael Jackson. Later this year, the theater will showcase 'The Gruffalo', a comedy equally enjoyable by kids and adults.
Address: 29 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 7ES, UK
Seating Capacity: 887
Dress Circle: 148
Upper Circle: 178
Seating Chart: Check out the Lyric Theatre London Seating Plan here.
Now Playing At The Lyric Theatre
Thriller Live is a tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson and The Jackson 5. This show was first performed in 2006, at the Dominion Theatre, and was choreographed by the famous LaVelle Smith Jr. Following its success in the UK, Thriller Live went on a European Tour, performing shows in Germany, Netherlands, and Scandinavia. It opened on West End at the Lyric Theatre in 2009 and has gone on to become one of the longest running shows in the West End (15th longest to be exact).
Thriller Live features all the music from Michael Jackson’s career, including songs from his early days. Some of the tracks include ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’, ‘Smooth Criminal’, ‘I Want You Back’, ‘Can You Feel It’, ‘Dangerous’, ‘Dirty Diana’, and ‘They Don’t Care About Us’.
Thriller Live takes audiences on a journey of Michael Jackson’s illustrious career spanning over 45 years and also tells the story of the five brothers consisting of Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon and Michael who came together to form The Jackson 5, in an epic compilation of pop, rock, soul and disco music.
Through an electrifying combination of song and dance, Thriller Live aims to showcase the greatness of the world’s most popular entertainer and performer, Michael Jackson, whose album, ‘Thriller’ is the world’s best-selling record of all time.
Arriving Soon At The Lyric Theatre
Being a summer-holiday show, The Gruffalo is sensational fun when enjoyed with the whole family. This could be a great way to introduce your little ones to the concepts of performance arts and theatre. The show is based on a children's picture book created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and has been adapted for the stage by Tall Stories. Olivia Jacobs, the director, has packaged the show in such a way that both kids and adults will be equally entertained. For kids, The Gruffalo is an exciting adventure on its own!
The Gruffalo closely follows the story of Mouse as it heads into the forest in search of hazelnuts. During his journey, it encounters Fox who invites Mouse home for dinner. Mouse politely declines after it understands that it's being invited as a viable prey and not as a friend. It comes up with a preposterous story that it is supposed to be meeting Gruffalo, a giant creature which is half-grizzly and half-buffalo. Fox and other animals that encounter Mouse are terrified by hearing this story and therefore, let it resume its journey.
But fate, apparently, has other plans! Mouse eventually meets a real Gruffalo with all said characteristics who threatens to consume it. Find out if Mouse is able to outrun this creature by watching The Gruffalo on West End.
Wheelchair user access is located in the Dress Circle Boxes, which are at street level. Wheelchair spaces are in boxes C, D, and E and each box can accommodate 3 people.
Assistive Listening System: There is no assistive listening system in place at the venue.
Bar: There are bars located at each level of the theatre.
Cloakroom: There is a cloakroom at the theatre, where large bags and pushchairs can be checked in for £1.
Guide Dogs: Lyric Theatre allows guide dogs in the theatre. In case you deem the sound too loud, the theatre staff is happy to look after your guide dog. Please note that the theatre can dog sit only two dogs at a time.
Toilets: There are male and female toilets on each level of the theatre. The disabled toilets can be accessed from the Dress Circle.
- Make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible. The earlier you reserve your seats, higher the chances of you getting good seats at a decent price.
- Ensure that you come on time for your show. Most West End shows do not entertain latecomers and the few that do, expect you to be as quiet as a mouse as you try to find your seats. Better to save yourself and others the trouble and be there at least 10-15 minutes before the show.
- Snacks can be brought into the auditorium but please note that hot food will not be allowed inside.
- The theatre is air conditioned, so be sure to carry a light sweater in case it gets chilly.
Tube: The nearest tube stations to the theater are Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly Line) and Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly Lines).
For Shaftesbury Avenue: 12, 14, 19, 38.
For Regent Street take: 6, 15, 23, 88, 93, 139, 159, 453.
Rail: The nearest station is Charing Cross.
Restaurants near Lyric Theatre London
1. Jamie's Italian: Featuring recipes loved and used by Jamie Oliver, Jamie's Italian brings delicious traditional Italian dishes, which are perfect for a meal before or after the show.
2. Wok to Walk: Another healthy fast food outlet, this place offers great woks and chinese starters at amazing prices. Wok to Walk is one of London’s most highly rated eateries.
3. Gelupo: For all you people with a sweet tooth! Gelupo is famous for its mouth-watering gelatos, ice creams and sorbets. Perfect for a post-theatre snack.
4. Wasabi: A Japanese restaurant located at 33 Shaftesbury Avenue, Wasabi is well known for its sushis and super fast service.
5. Rainforest Cafe: A simple cafe serving up some American and European comfort food like burgers, steaks and sandwiches, this place is perfect for families and little kids.
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