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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This new show from the creators of 'Aliens Love Underpants' promises more otherworldly fun and mayhem. Featuring an original score, magic, and plenty of opportunities for the little monsters to get involved.Children's Tuesday May 31 2016 - Thursday June 9 2016Read more
The Little Gardener
A large glass box outside the Lyric Hammersmith contains a garden that needs looking after. This imaginative adaptation of Emily Hughes's children's book invites kids to set their green fingers to work on real plants in a magical interactive adventur...Children's Tuesday June 7 2016 - Wednesday June 8 2016Read more
Four Corners: Blink Dance Theatre
This new piece of dance theatre from Blink Dance explores the lives of four young Londoners. Live music, storytelling and dance combine to weave a fresh, contemporary and heartfelt visual narrative.Contemporary theatre Friday June 10 2016 - Saturday June 18 2016Read more
Letras Y Acordes: Words & Chords
A celebration of the culture of Chile, with performances of spoken word pieces and traditional Chilean music, featuring Consuelo Rivera-Fuentes, Eduardo Embry, Carlos Munoz-Villalobos and others.Latin and world Friday June 10 2016Read more
Quimantu: Cantata Socavon
The renowned Anglo-Chilean ensemble Quimantu perform the premier of Venegas-Astorga's major work, featuring guest musicians and narration from Selma Ortiz.Latin and world Friday June 10 2016Read more
Chilean Folk Club: Pena Palo Brujo
A celebration of the culture of Chile as musicians perform relaxed folk and traditional music influenced by Chilean culture.Folk, country and blues Friday June 10 2016Read more
Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra
The Musiko Musika's Ethnic Contemporary Classical Orchestra for young people present a high-quality performance of music influenced by a range of cultures and backgrounds.Latin and world Saturday June 11 2016Read more
'Bugsy Malone' will return to the Lyric Hammersmith for 12 weeks from Jun 2016. This review is for the 2015 run. While it is a truth universally acknowledged that anybody who doesn’t like ‘Bugsy Malone’ is a dangerous weirdo who needs to be silenced...Off-West End Saturday June 11 2016 - Saturday September 3 2016Read more
Festival Concert: Quimantu
Some of the most celebrated Chilean artists in the UK take to the stage to perform, including the renowned Ango-Chilean band Quimantu, Galo Ceron-Carrasco, Carlos Munoz-Villalobos, Leo Turner Duo and Los Copihues Rojos.Latin and world Saturday June 11 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!!