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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Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas
This review of the show is from 2014. Raymond Briggs's 'Father Christmas' returns to the Lyric for Christmas 2016. This Lyric Christmas staple brings Raymond Briggs’s ‘Father Christmas’ to enchanting life. The author of ‘The Snowman’ is known for his...Children's Until Saturday December 24 2016Read more
‘A whole new world’, goes the Disney movie song that definitely isn’t in the Lyric Hammersmith’s annual panto, ‘a new fantastic point of view’. It’s a helpful description of panto season, when the Lyric shrugs off its attempts to keep the swearier side...Panto Until Saturday January 7 2017Read more
Joe Stilgoe Band
Charismatic singer-songwriter/pianist has a fine line in quirky original material, some of which you'll hear as he plays with his band here.Jazz Monday December 12 2016 - Monday December 19 2016Read more
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical
The best musical improvisational group we've ever seen. From a handful of suggestions from the audience they create a full-length, hilarious musical. More talent on stage than you can shake a stick at.Monday December 12 2016 - Monday June 5 2017Read more
Norwich Puppet Theatre perform Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale of magic, bravery and love with puppetry, animation and music.Puppetry Saturday January 14 2017Read more
WOW! Said the Owl
'WOW! Said the Owl' follows a curious owl as she stays awake during the daytime to discover a brand new world of colours. Using a blend of story-telling, puppetry and music this Little Angel production brings Tim Hopgood's book to life. For 2 to 4 year...Children's Saturday January 14 2017 - Sunday March 26 2017Read more
Rapunzel & The Tower Of Doom: Theatre Of Widdershins
Rapunzel's having a particularly bad hair day in this kids' comedy from Theatre Of Widdershins, told using a quirky collection of puppets.Children's Saturday January 21 2017Read more
Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox
The Lyric is brightening up January with Sam Holcroft's new adaptation of Roald Dahl's fox story-cum-anti-capitalist fable. The titular fox is on a mission to outwit foul farmers Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It's part of the flurry of celebrations of Dahl's...Drama Wednesday January 25 2017 - Sunday February 19 2017Read more
City of Glass
This looks very good: a lavish new stage adaptation of Paul Auster's debut prose work 'City of Glass', written by Duncan Macmillan ('1984', 'People, Places and Things') and directed by Leo Warner, artistic director of 59 Productions, the spectacle specialists...Drama Thursday April 20 2017 - Saturday May 13 2017Read more
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Seen some fantastic shows here. They're not afraid to take chances with off-beat and quirky productions. A local gem.
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!!