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Lyric hammersmith timeline
The Lyric theatre began its extraordinary life as an intimate opera house.
The Lyric is forced to close its doors and the theatre is dismantled piece by piece and kept in storage.
The Lyric is rebuilt on its current site and is opened by the Queen.
Major redevelopment led by acclaimed architect Rick Mather gives us an impressive new entrance on Lyric Square, a street level café and rehearsal and workshop spaces.
The Lyric premiered Metamorphosis which went on to tour the world.
The Lyric staged the first European production of the Tony Award-winning Musical Spring Awakening, which went on to win four Olivier Awards including Best Musical.
Punk Rock marks the beginning of Sean Holmes' first season as Artistic Director. The show wins four Manchester Evening News Awards.
Traditional family pantomime returns to the Lyric for the first time in 30 years.
Ghost Stories premieres at the Lyric and marks the theatre's biggest success to date breaking all box office records with an extended run to meet public demand before transferring to the West End.
The Lyric is awarded the Olivier award with Sean Holmes' revival of Sarah Kane's Blasted winning Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre.
A multi-million pound project to expand the current building to create new facilities for training young people begins. The build is scheduled for completion in 2014.
What's Our Story?
Our building began its extraordinary life in 1895 as an intimate opera house. It was designed by the prolific theatre architect, Frank Matcham, and was originally built on another site a little further down King Street.
During the first 70 years of our life we fell on good times and bad. In 1966 the Lyric was forced to close its doors and scheduled for demolition to make way for a housing and shopping complex. But a public outcry ensued and, instead, the theatre was carefully dismantled piece by piece and rebuilt on the current site along with a contemporary black-box studio space. The new Lyric was re-opened in 1979 by the Queen.
In 2004 our building underwent another major redevelopment led by the internationally acclaimed architect Rick Mather. This reorientated the old small entrance on King Street to an impressive new entrance on Lyric Square and also created a new ticket office, street level cafe, rehearsal and workshop spaces.
We have recently started work on the next phase of our life. A multi-million pound project to expand the current building to create new facilities for training young people to become the theatre-makers of the future, scheduled for completion in 2013.
Over the hundred year history the Lyric has welcomed some of the world's finest writers, directors, actors and theatre companies to its stages. From Harold Pinter to Simon Stephens, Sir John Gielgud to Robert Lepage, Complicite to Frantic Assembly.
Today we present 1000 performances a year that bring over 150,000 people through our doors - people of all ages and backgrounds from across London and beyond.