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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Me And My Bee: ThisEgg
Bees can count to three, recognise faces, and their work as pollinators makes them vital for our planet's survival. But they're dying out... Young company ThisEgg landed rave reviews for their comic family show about bees, starting a party and saving...Children's Saturday April 28 2018
Hofesh Shechter: Clowns/New Creation
Bombastic choreographer Hofesh Shechter and his rock gig-like shows are an inspired fit for the edgy Lyric Hammersmith, which will play host to this double bill. 'Clowns' is a darkly comic portait of a group of anarchist clowns; 'New Creation' is a world...Contemporary and experimental Tuesday May 8 2018 - Saturday May 12 2018
This collaboration between Frantic Assembly's Scott Graham, playwright Simon Stephens and musician Karl Hyde premiered at the Manchester International Festival in 2017 and now hops down to the Lyric, where it will play as part of LIFT 2018. Essentially...Drama Friday May 25 2018 - Saturday June 23 2018
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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!!