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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Things I Know To Be True
A couple and their four grown-up children are desperately trying to play happy families in the rose-filled garden of their Adelaide home. But something’s awry – and it’s not just the kids’ inability to lay down their own, new roots. Frantic Assembly's...Drama Until 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
Why The Whales Came
This one-woman show from acclaimed storyteller Danyah Miller Wizard will retell Michael Morpurgo's adventure story about two kids determined to learn the secrets of the mysterious Birdman. The team's inventive approach with use recorded sound and a lot...Children's Saturday October 8 2016 - Thursday October 27 2016Read more
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
A kid-friendly show from Box Tale Soup retells Lewis Carroll's story of the girl who fell down a rabbit hole. Two performers use a host of quirky puppets to conjure up the weird world of Wonderland, and a hand-painted set to show off all its surreal scenes....Puppetry Monday October 24 2016 - Saturday October 29 2016Read more
Roald Dahl And The Imagination Seekers
As the beloved author's centenary approaches, everyone's going doolally for all things Dahl. The Lyric is hosting an interactive kids' adventure that takes children on a journey through his best-loved stories, from the whimsy of 'Charlie And The Chocolate...Interactive Thursday October 27 2016 - Friday October 28 2016Read more
The Lyric Hammersmith tends to produce a smarter, gentler breed of panto, thanks in part to their knack for coaxing up-and-coming young writers to write the scripts. Last year, Tom Wells lent his hand to a gorgeously silly retelling of 'Cinderella'. This...Panto Saturday November 19 2016 - Saturday January 7 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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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!!