Leftfield theatre remains at the heart of this sprawling building
Emerging in 2015 from a multimillion pound makeover, the Lyric Hammersmith is less a simple theatre, more a multipurpose community hub that includes everything from recording studios to digital development rooms.
But plays remain at the heart of it all, thanks to both the retention of the original Victorian theatre – improbably preserved in the heart of the modern building – and the singular artistic directorship of Sean Holmes, who has turned the Lyric Hammersmith into a venue both avant-garde and accessible, marking it with his own, very European directorial style.
Tickets are cheaply priced, with many major shows staging a free preview for local residents. It's probably also arguably the best spot in Hammersmith to grab a pint and a bite to east, not least on its first floor roof terrace, a green and pleasant oasis in the middle of gritty W6.
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The weapon of choice in kiddie-gangster musical ‘Bugsy Malone’ is a ‘splurge gun’ that takes enemies down with sticky white custard. Add this to the fact that the leads – from warring gangsters to wannabe Hollywood starlets – are played by children and...Off-West End Until Saturday September 3 2016Read more
Half Of Me
This new play for young people by Satinder Chohan is a poetic piece which explores the stories of people born using Assisted Reproductive Technologies. A girl struggles to find the true meaning of family at the meeting point of genetics, emotional ties,...Drama Until Saturday July 30 2016Read more
Things I Know To Be True
After a few years distruped by a mass building upgrade, programming at the Lyric is back in a familiar groove as the autumn season opens with a new show from regular visiting company Frantic Assembly. Starring Matthew Barker and Nathalie Casey, 'Things...Drama Saturday September 10 2016 - Saturday October 1 2016Read more
Shopping and Fucking
No London institution has done more to keep the flame of in-yer-face-theatre alive than the Lyric Hammersmith: it feels like it was only a matter of time until it revived 'Shopping and Fucking', Mark Ravenhill's explosive 1996 debut. And now it's doing...Experimental Friday October 7 2016 - Saturday November 5 2016Read more
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I was a local of Hammersmith for some years and over the years had cause to visit this Theatre and roof terrace quite a few times. As has been said the childrens activities are varied and numerous. The roof terrace itself, when I lived there in the 80s and 90s was a laid back place where it was nice to go after a hectic shop on the High Street, and just relax for a few moments! I liked it because it was unpretentious and though you were still in central Hammersmith there was a little peace and quiet and its quite large so you can have some privacy!!