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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Fantastic Mr Fox
It still seems be pantomime season at the Lyric Hammersmith. First there was its actual 2016 panto, ‘Aladdin’, which ended its run a couple of weeks ago. And now we have a sort of panto-lite adaptation of ‘Fantastic Mr Fox’, Roald Dahl’s story about the...Drama Until Sunday August 20 2017
The Lyric's traditional 'big' autumn production is this meaty-looking production of Chekhov's seminal play. 'The Seagull' is undeniably performed quite often, but adaptor Simon Stephens really left his own, unnerving mark on the Young Vic's recent production...Drama Tuesday October 3 2017 - Saturday November 4 2017
Jack and the Beanstalk
Following last Christmas's well-recieved Lyric Hammersmith 'Aladdin', playwright Joel Horwood seizes the seasonal reins of London's hippest panto for a second time, this time tackling the story of Jack and his bothersome beanstalk. The show will be co-directed...Panto Saturday November 18 2017 - Saturday January 6 2018