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 double-bill of two condensed Shakespeare tragedies tantalises. In the first half, 'Othello' is radically chopped up so we only really get scenes with women, turning the play into a study of the way men use and abuse them. Without much of Othello’s...Drama Until Saturday November 3 2018
Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas
This review of the show is from 2014. Raymond Briggs's 'Father Christmas' returns to the Lyric for Christmas 2018. This Lyric Christmas staple brings Raymond Briggs’s ‘Father Christmas’ to enchanting life. The author of ‘The Snowman’ is known for his...Children's Sunday October 21 2018 - Sunday December 30 2018
Pirate Pearl and the Big Blue Monster
Pirate Pearl finds a furry stowaway on her ship one day - but soon the little bundle of fluff grows up into a huge monster who causes boatloads of mayhem. This new show from Nottinghamshire-based theatre crew Little Blue Monster Productions is full of...Children's Tuesday October 23 2018 - Saturday October 27 2018
Lyric Hammersmith's panto is known for being an edgy, offbeat alternative to festive kitsch: each year, they get hot up-and-coming playwrights to put their own spin on a classic story. This year, they've invited director Jude Christian and comedian Cariad...Panto Saturday November 17 2018 - Sunday January 6 2019
Leave to Remain
The big show in Sean Holmes’s final Lyric Hammersmith season is this mouthwatering looking play-with-songs, with tunes by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party and book by TV writer Matt Jones, plus direction from choreographer Robby Graham. It’s a multidisciplinery...Musicals Friday January 18 2019 - Saturday February 16 2019
The Animals and Children Took to the Streets
This review is from December 2010. ‘The Animals and Children Took to the Streets’ returns for 2019. A new review will follow. The Brothers Grimm-indebted netherworld of 1927’s debut show ‘Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’ laid out the young company’s...Experimental Tuesday February 19 2019 - Saturday March 16 2019
This review is from February 2014. ‘Ghost Stories’ returns for 2019. A new review will follow in May. Back to make the West End wet itself once again, Jeremy Dyson and Andy Nyman’s ‘Ghost Stories’ is the perfect fit for the gloomy, subterranean Arts...Drama Friday March 29 2019 - Saturday May 11 2019
Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs)
This review is from December 2015. ‘Dead Dog in a Suitcase’ returns for 2019. A new review will follow in May. Nope, National Theatre smash ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ doesn’t have a monopoly on decomposing family pets. Kneehigh’s...Musicals Tuesday May 21 2019 - Saturday June 15 2019
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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!!