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 intriguingly audacious project from the experimental Chris Goode Company is a stage adaptation of Derek Jarman's surreal 1978 punk film, in which Elizabeth I journeys forward to the time of Elizabeth II's silver jubilee and hooks up with a rampaging...Experimental Until Saturday March 10 2018
A lad and his grandad set off on ocean adventures in this show, based on Benji Davies's book 'Grandad's Island'. It's the work of Engine House Productions, who masterminded a wonderfully offbeat adaptation of 'Flat Stanley' at the Polka Theatre. Ages...Children's Saturday February 24 2018 - Sunday April 22 2018
This wriggly show from Topsy Turvy Theatre definitely has legs - lots of them! It's based on Charlotte Middleton's storybook of the same name, which follows guinea pig Christopher Nibble and his friendship with the caterpillars that live on his dandelion...Children's Saturday March 3 2018
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 March 3 2018 - Saturday April 28 2018
The Plough and the Stars
Sean O'Casey's classic drama 'The Plough and the Stars' had a couple of major revivals in 2016, the hundredth anniversary of the Easter Uprising, which it depicts (the title comes from the Dublin pub that forms a hub of sorts to O'Casey's sprawling, kaleidoscopic...Drama Thursday March 15 2018 - Saturday April 7 2018
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This review is from the original 2012 run of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' returns to the Lyric for 2016. This exuberantly bonkers fourth collaboration between Filter theatre company and Lyric boss Sean Holmes frequently feels closer to a madcap riff on...Shakespeare Friday April 13 2018 - Saturday April 14 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!!