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Lyric Theatre

29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES GB

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The Gruffalo

Lyric Theatre

4.4/5 - based on 33 reviews - (Read reviews) 4.4 33 reviews Tickets from £17.50
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Tall Stories' magical, musical stage adaptation of The Gruffalo joins The Snowman and Peppa Pig's Surprise in the West End this Christmas, all brilliant family fun. Head for the splendid Lyric Theatre for a monster time, starring little Mouse and involving the classic kids' adventure.
  • Booking until: Sunday, 8 September 2019
  • Running time: 55 minutes (No interval)
  • Playing at: Lyric Theatre
  • Booking until: Sunday, 8 September 2019
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Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Lyric Theatre

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Olivier Award 2016 winners The Showstoppers are back in the West End transforming audience suggestions into all-singing, all-dancing shows with unpredictable and hilarious results.

  • Booking until: Monday, 9 December 2019
  • Running time: 1 hour 30 minutes (One interval)
  • Playing at: Lyric Theatre
  • Booking until: Monday, 9 December 2019
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The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Lyric Theatre

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Direct from a SELL OUT Worldwide tour and standing ovations at every performance, The Simon & Garfunkel Story arrives in London’s West End! 

  • Booking from: Monday, 7 October 2019
    Booking until: Monday, 16 December 2019
  • Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes
  • Playing at: Lyric Theatre
  • Booking until: Monday, 16 December 2019
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Oi Frog & Friends

Lyric Theatre

Tickets from £18.40

‘Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools, gophers sit on sofas and frogs sit on logs’

Are you sitting comfortably?

It’s a new day at Sittingbottom school and FROG is looking for a place to sit, but CAT has other ideas and DOG is doing as he’s told. Little do any of them know that chaos is coming...

Who knew there were so many rhyming rules and what will happen when FROG is in charge? Original music, songs, puppets, laughs and more rhymes than you can shake a chime at! Created for the stage by Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughes.

Kenny Wax Family Entertainment presents the premiere of Oi Frog & Friends! the highly anticipated stage show which brings together Kes Gray and Jim Field’s bestselling and award-winning picture books Oi Frog!, Oi Dog! and Oi Cat! into one action-packed musical production.

  • Booking from: Friday, 29 November 2019
    Booking until: Sunday, 5 January 2020
  • Running time: 60 Minutes
  • Playing at: Lyric Theatre
  • Booking until: Sunday, 5 January 2020
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Thriller - Live tickets Thriller - Live
Thriller - Live

Lyric Theatre

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If you love Michael Jackson’s music you’ll adore this smash hit West End show. It’s a veritable feast for the eyes, ears and emotions with breath-taking choreography in true Jackson style and a musical roll of honour including thirty five of his greatest dance, disco, soul, Motown and indie chart toppers.
  • Booking until: Sunday, 26 April 2020
  • Running time: 2 hours 20 minutes
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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 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.

Lyric Theatre tickets

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