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Lyric Theatre

29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES GB

Lyric Theatre Tickets


Lyric Theatre

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Hadestown, the brilliant acclaimed Broadway musical by the singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, is in town for a long-awaited West End premiere in 2024 at the Lyric Theatre. Winner of 8 Tony Awards including 'Best Musical' along with the Grammy Award for 'Best Musical Theatre Album', Hadestown kicks off its West End premiere on 10 February 2024.

  • Booking until: Sunday, 22 December 2024
  • Running time: 2h 30m (incl. interval)
  • Playing at: Lyric Theatre
  • Booking until: Sunday, 22 December 2024
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Lyric Theatre Facilities

  • Air conditioned
  • Bar
  • Disabled toilets
  • Infrared hearing loop
  • Member of Q-Park scheme
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair/scooter access

Lyric Theatre Access Tickets

Disabled theatregoers and their carers can get discount tickets. Please phone the Lyric Theatre access line on 0330 333 4815.

Lyric Theatre Location

Travel Information

Nearest Tube station
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Leicester Square
Nearest Rail Station
  • Charing Cross
Tube lines
  • Bakerloo
  • Piccadilly
  • Northern
Day buses
  • (Shaftesbury Avenue) 12, 14, 19, 38; (Regent Street) 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Night buses
  • (Shaftesbury Avenue) 14, N19, N38; (Regent Street) 6, 12, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453, N3, N13, N15, N109, N18, N136
Lyric Theatre history

From the outside

The wonderfully fancy red brick exterior of the Lyric Theatre gives way to a spectacular horseshoe shaped interior with deep scarlet soft furnishings and a stunning decorated ceiling. It’s the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, built in 1888, and the much older Windmill Street façade dates right back to 1766.

Lyric Theatre architecture and history

The Lyric Theatre was designed by C. J. Phipps and built by the famous producer Henry Leslie, on the back of the profit from the smash hit musical, Dorothy. The new theatre first opened its doors in late 1888 and is the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

The magnificent foyer and the bars were given a facelift in 1932 and ’33 and the glorious facade was restored in 1994. Despite its renovation, there’s an amazing old-fashioned electric pump that is still used to operate the theatre’s historic iron curtain!

The Lyric Theatre was actually built around an existing dwelling, dating back to 1766 and the former home of Sir William Hunter, who housed a museum there.

Grade 2 listed in 1960, early on the Lyric was famed for comic operas, before becoming a haven for light comedies, musicals and straight dramas. Unlike many West End theatres, which have suffered lean times over the years, the Lyric’s top shows, by respected playwrights like George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O’Neill and J.B. Priestley, kept the place alight through good times and bad.

This is theatreland – take care not to confuse the Lyric Theatre with the Lyric Hammersmith. And make sure you don’t end up in the Apollo Theatre, right next door!

Today the Lyric is owned by Nimax Theatres.

Hauntings at the Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre has a poignant wartime ghost story to tell. Hit by a bomb in World War One, it’s apparently haunted by the usherette who died in the blast.

Past shows at the Lyric Theatre

Showing an illustrious collection of entertainments right from the beginning, the Lyric Theatre’s earliest shows included the 1888 opening production, the comic opera Dorothy. 1892 brought The Mountebanks, a comic opera by W S Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame. In 1893 Eleanora Duse played in La Dame aux Camellias and Sarah Bernhardt played in Frou-Frou, Phèdre, Julie and La Tosca in 1898. Since the early days the Lyric Theatre has seen any number of smash hit shows, including the first production of the Blood Brothers in 1983. The Lyric hosted the only West End production of Gigi, there was a massive five year run of Five Guys Named Moe in the ‘90s and the all-time favourite musical Cabaret enjoyed its third big revival at the Lyric too.

Lyric Theatre access

If you use a wheelchair or scooter you can get into the Lyric via the side exit on Shaftesbury Avenue. Just let someone know at the main entrance and they’ll open the doors for you.

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29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES GB