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  • October 2016

    • Theatres urge Government to honour commitment to refugee children - - Today theatre companies across the country urge... - View entry
    • Casting announced for Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox - - Artistic Director of Nuffield Theatre Sam... - View entry
  • September 2016

    • Jude Christian and Ola Ince appointed new ­­­­­Artistic Associates at the Lyric Hammersmith - - The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to announce... - View entry
    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SPRING 2017 SEASON INCLUDING THREE MAJOR NEW WORKS - - Celebrating 100 years since Roald... - View entry
    • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR Shopping and F***ing - - The Lyric Hammersmith today announces full... - View entry
    • Lyric Hammersmith Awarded 4 Star Creative Green Certification by Julie’s Bicycle - - Today the Lyric plays host to Julie’s... - View entry
    • Full cast announced for Aladdin - - Saturday 19 November 2016 – Saturday 07... - View entry
  • July 2016

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream on tour - - We're thrilled to announce that the Lyric... - View entry
  • June 2016

    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH TO STAGE MARK RAVENHILL’S SHOPPING AND F***ING ON THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS PREMIERE - - 20 years since its premiere at the Royal... - View entry
  • May 2016

    • Full casting announced for Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Hammersmith - - We are pleased to announce full casting for Sir... - View entry
  • April 2016

    • Summer BBQ season at Lyric Bar & Grill - - During the summer months Lyric Bar & Grill... - View entry
  • March 2016

    • Lyric Hammersmith’s Sherice Pitter announced as Creative and Cultural Skills Apprentice of the Year - - Sherice Pitter has been named the Creative and... - View entry
    • Disabled Access Day at Lyric Hammersmith - - Celebrate Disabled Access Day at the Lyric... - View entry
    • Artist Call Out - Development Lab - - Are you a theatre maker/solo artist? Do... - View entry
    • CHILDREN AND FAMILY NEWS FROM THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - The Lyric Hammersmith wins the Get Creative... - View entry
  • February 2016

    • A Midsummer Night's Dream Casting Announced - - Full casting has been announced for the Lyric... - View entry
    • Free First Night Giveaway for A Midsummer Night's Dream - - Friday 12 and Saturday 13 February will see the... - View entry
    • Louise Zandstra appointed as Director of Finance and Resources - - The Lyric Hammersmith is pleased to announce... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Toby Ealden Artistic Director of Zest - - We caught up with Toby Ealden ahead of Zest... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Luke Vernon from Gatecrash - - With less than a month to go until Gatecrash we... - View entry
  • January 2016

    • Free First Night Giveaway for Herons - - This Friday and Saturday (08 & 09 Jan)... - View entry
    • London Theatre Consortium - - The London Theatre Consortium (LTC), in... - View entry
  • November 2015

    • The Lyric Hammersmith’s 21 Days of Action - - The Lyric staff will be performing one green... - View entry
    • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR HERONS - - Friday 15 January – Saturday 13 February... - View entry
  • October 2015

    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SPRING 2016 SEASON - - Lyric Hammersmith announce spring season 2016... - View entry
    • New Opportunities for Young Artists - - We have two exciting opportunities for Young... - View entry
  • September 2015

    • Apply to join to Lyric Alumni - - Have you been through a programme at the Lyric... - View entry
    • Free First Night Giveaway for Tipping the Velvet - - The Free First Night performance of Tipping... - View entry
    • CHRISTMAS 2015 AT THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - This winter the Lyric Hammersmith will stage two... - View entry
  • August 2015

    • Casting Announced for Tipping the Velvet - - Sally Messham and Laura Rogers to lead the cast... - View entry
    • LYRIC HAMMERSMITH ANNOUNCES SIAN ALEXANDER AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - - Today it is officially announced that Sian... - View entry
    • FULL CAST ANNOUNCED FOR TIPPING THE VELVET - - Kirsty Besterman, David Cardy, Amanda Hadingue,... - View entry
  • July 2015

  • June 2015

    • We are running WestRun London 10km - - On 04 October 2015 a group of Lyric Staff will... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...The Human Zoo Company - - We caught up with Human Zoo Theatre Company a... - View entry
    • 5 Minutes with...Monotone Man actor Nick Gilbert - - We caught up with Monotone Man actor Nick... - View entry
    • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JESSICA HEPBURN TO LEAVE THE LYRIC HAMMERSMITH - - Today it is officially announced that Jessica... - View entry
  • May 2015

    • Bank Holiday Opening Times - - Please note that our opening hours this Bank... - View entry
    • Theatre in the Square Announced - - Tuesday 09 June - Wednesday 24 June 2015... - View entry
    • Bank Holiday Opening Hours - 25 May - - This Bank Holiday our Box Office opening hours... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Toby Ealden - Artistic Director Zest Theatre - - We caught up with Toby Ealden from Zest Theatre... - View entry
    • 5 minutes with...Boy from Boy Meet Girl - - We caught up with Martyn Bignell who plays Boy... - View entry
  • April 2015

    • SATURDAY 25 APRIL YOUNG PEOPLE'S DAY - - Calling all 14 – 25 years olds in West... - View entry
    • Autumn/Winter Season announced - - World premiere of a new adaptation of... - View entry
  • February 2015

    • Free First Night Giveaway - - This Friday and Saturday (06 & 07 Feb) will... - View entry
    • Bugsy Malone's Valentines' Day Tips - - Say…do you know how to treat a lady? As... - View entry
    • Bugsy Malone Casting Announced - - The Lyric Hammersmith is excited to announce... - View entry
  • November 2014

    • Commission for Outdoor Performances - - BRIEF | OUTDOOR PERFORMANCE COMMISSIONS... - View entry
  • October 2014

    • Bugsy Malone Coming Soon - - In April 2015, Alan Parker’s world famous... - View entry
    • Now Hiring: Cafe and Bar Staff - - The Lyric is looking for additional staff to... - View entry
  • September 2014

    • All Change: an International Fun Palace - - This weekend we are thrilled to be partnering... - View entry
    • At Her Majesty's Pleasure - - Are you interested in a 3-course meal with a... - View entry
  • August 2014

    • Edinburgh Fringe Success - - This year the Lyric’s Secret Theatre... - View entry
  • May 2014

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    • Major Milestone - - We've reached a thrilling landmark in our... - View entry
  • April 2014

    • Theatre in the Square returns - - The Lyric will once again present captivating... - View entry
    • Easter Weekend Closure - - The Lyric will be closed from Friday 18 April -... - View entry
    • Spend some time in The Clink - - Our latest fundraising event offers a very... - View entry
    • Winter shows announced - - There's cause to celebrate today as tickets... - View entry
  • March 2014

    • Secret Theatre receives Arts Council Exceptional Award - - We're thrilled to announce that Secret... - View entry
  • February 2014

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  • January 2014

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    • Secret Theatre is Back - - Secret Theatre was recently nominated for a... - View entry
  • December 2013

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  • October 2013

    • What everyone's talking about - - Since Secret Theatre opened one month ago it has... - View entry
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    • Last chance - - Show 3  of Secret Theatre premieres on Oct... - View entry
    • Family Fun Day - - To celebrate our involvement in the Family Arts... - View entry
  • August 2013

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    • Space Junk - - Next week sees the start of not only Secret... - View entry
  • July 2013

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  • June 2013

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  • May 2013

    • The Reuben Foundation Wing - - If you're wondering how the build of our new... - View entry
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    • Rick Mather, 1937 – 2013 - - Jessica Hepburn, Lyric Hammersmith Executive... - View entry
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    • Mobile Phone Show - - This week at the Lyric we have a new and... - View entry
    • Easter Gifts - - Spring has sprung – nearly. The flowers... - View entry
  • February 2013

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  • January 2013

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  • December 2012

    • Artwork for the Next Generation - - Last week the Lyric officially broke ground on... - View entry
    • Our Official Project Photgrapher - - As our building project gets underway the... - View entry
    • Last Minute Christmas Gift - - Only seven sleeps to go and it will be... - View entry
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  • October 2012

    • Young People take Centre Stage - - The Lyric is unique in its dual commitment to... - View entry
    • Help us Build our Future - - We are really excited to be launching our... - View entry
    • Being Green - - Here at the Lyric, we are all about being green... - View entry
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Posted by Lyric, 12 January 2017


  • Consortium of 14 leading London producing theatres announces 4th year of its award-winning apprenticeship programme offering up to 12 new apprenticeships across the group for 2017
  • Piloting a new apprenticeship training hub at the Lyric Hammersmith with qualifications accredited through the National College for Creative and Cultural Industries.
  • Report published on the programme’s first three years, which shows the scheme’s success in diversifying the theatre workforce and creating new entry routes into theatre.
  • £800,0000 invested in the creation of 56 apprenticeships in first three years
  • 62% of apprentices to date have been from non white-British backgrounds and 27% have a disability.

The London Theatre Consortium (LTC) has announced plans for a fourth year of its pioneering apprenticeship programme offering up to a further 12 apprenticeships across the group for 2017. In a new development the LTC will work with the National College for the Creative and Cultural Industries to offer the apprenticeship qualifications and will pilot a new apprenticeship training hub at the Lyric Hammersmith.

This announcement comes as the consortium publishes a new report on the programme’s first three years which sets out how an investment of £800,000 has created 56 entry level apprenticeships into theatre across a broad range of disciplines including Technical Theatre, Costume, Community Arts, Venue Operations, Producing and Administration.

The report shows how apprenticeships can help arts organisations to diversify their workforces and to create new routes into a career in theatre. 62% of apprentices to date have been from non white-British backgrounds and 27% have a disability, most hidden. The programme was also effective in reaching people from socio-economic backgrounds that are not currently well represented in theatre staff teams. All apprentices were paid at least the adult National Minimum Wage, regardless of their age, to make sure that no one was barred from taking a role for financial reasons.

As well as college and workplace training towards an accredited qualification, apprentices were given mentoring support, help to plan their careers and next steps and provided with opportunities to build their contacts and networks. Of the 48 individuals, 23 have gone on to further employment in the arts and 11 will shortly complete their Level 2 qualifications.

Apprentices reported that their self-confidence, organisational skills and work readiness improved enormously. Employers reported that managing an apprentice had encouraged them to reconsider their standard working practices to support better inclusivity and access.

The programme has been co-funded by CCSkills’ Creative Employment Programme, AGE, City Bridge Foundation, LTC employers and the LTC itself.

“We worked really hard to find talented young people who we don’t usually hear from when we are recruiting. Almost everyone working in the arts will say at some point that they owe their position to someone who "saw something in them and believed in them". That’s brilliant if you’re there to be ‘spotted’ but impossible if you’d never find yourself in that position in the first place. We decided we needed to be proactive and to go out and look for talent and potential – and we found it.” Emma Rees, Director, LTC

“I think it’s important to continue schemes like this where it’s completely accessible to people who didn’t go to university, people from different walks of life”. LTC apprentice

“Working with apprentices makes me question a lot of practice that is taken as read within the organisation, and I think that is a really good thing for the culture of an organisation”. Sam Maynard, Education Manager, Donmar Warehouse.

“The cultural sector is a real UK success story in terms of growth and economic development and London is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, yet the workforce of the theatre sector is still under-representative of London’s diversity. From the start, we have seen this collaborative programme as an important way to diversify the workforce, to reach and train young people from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented in the theatre sector. Working together has been key to this. I don’t think the London theatres could have embraced apprenticeships on the scale that they have, and with the success they have, if it hadn’t been for that collaborative approach, as part of the London Theatre Consortium. Although the funding climate makes it harder now, we are committed to continuing to work together to maintain the momentum we have achieved and to create open and accessible opportunities for talented young people from all backgrounds in our theatres.” Sian Alexander, Executive Director, Lyric Hammersmith.

Recruitment for the fourth year of apprenticeships will begin in January 2017, with apprenticeships starting in March 2017.

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