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  • Thriller - Live

    Open Run

  • Oi Frog & Friends

    Nov 29, 2019 - Jan 5, 2020

  • Faustus: That Damned Woman

    Jan 22 - Feb 22, 2020

  • Love, Love, Love

    Mar 5 - Apr 4, 2020

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Thriller - Live

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Open Run

Thriller - Live is an uplifting, feelgood show with the incredible choreography and sensational songs of Michael Jackson that everyone knows and loves. High production values, a large company on stage and a live band, it delivers high-class entertainment that is suitable for everyone from eight to 80.

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Oi Frog & Friends

November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020

The delightfully barmy bestselling children's book series from Kes Gray and Jim Field makes its stage debut this Christmas in the capital. Adapted by Emma Earle, Zoe Squire, Luke Bateman and Richy Hughs, expect rhymes, laughs and songs a plenty when FROG, CAT, DOG and co light up the Lyric Theatre with this latest batty adventure.

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Faustus: That Damned Woman

January 22 - February 22, 2020

Spinning Goethe's tale of hubris and damnation on its head, Award-winning British playwright Chris Bush offers a bold reimagining of Faustus in partnership with up and coming Irish director Caroline Byrne. Set to run at the Lyric Hammersmith in January 2020, the radical, gender-bending adaptation casts a woman as the titular tragic anti-hero and flips her motivations for a truly modern, thought-provoking journey through the ages.

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Love, Love, Love

March 5 - April 4, 2020

Celebrated Irish theatre maker Rachel O' Riordan celebrates her inaugural season as the new artistic director of the Lyric Hammersmith with a groundbreaking series of thought-provoking and highly entertaining productions. Employing a hands on approach, she directs a major new revival of British tragicomedy Love, Love, Love as part of the season, bringing the award-winning inter-generational clash to the stage with its subject matter feeling more relevant then ever.

Lyric Theatre

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29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES

  • Year opened: 1888
  • Capacity: 967
  • Concession stands
  • Merchandise booths
  • Disabled access
  • In-house bar
  • Coat check

Opening in December 1888, The Lyric was the second theatre to be completed along Shaftesbury Avenue and now boasts the distinction of being the street's oldest surviving resident and the only theatre still using a manually operated hydraulic pump to open its curtain.

Originally seating 1,306 (they liked to pack 'em in back in the day) the auditorium now seats 967, who, since 2009 have been able to enjoy the Michael Jackson jukebox musical Thriller.

No ghosts are reported, but there is the slightly disturbing fact the building encompasses a house dating back to 1766, that was used as part residence, part museum and part anatomical theatre of one Dr. William Hunter. This facade can still be seen on the theatre’s Windmill Street exit, where the dressing rooms are located.

Known for hosting comedy operas (beginning with the wild successful Dorothy in 1888), it has changed up its fare over the years, with drama, tragedy and musical theatre. Notably, in 1983, the theatre housed the premiere of Willy Russell's Blood Brothers for six months where it won Best New Musical and Best Actress in Musical at that year’s Olivier Awards for Barbara Dickinson.

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