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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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 2017
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 January 28 2017
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 February 4 2017 - Sunday March 26 2017
Lily And The Little Snow Bear
This wintry show from Blunderbus Theatre is based on David Bedford and Tim Warnes ' story of Lily and her grandpa. One morning, they wake up to find a surprising guest in their snow-filled garden. Ages 3-11.Children's Tuesday February 14 2017 - Saturday February 18 2017
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 2017
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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!!