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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City of Glass
This looks very good: a lavish new stage adaptation of Paul Auster's debut prose work 'City of Glass', written by Duncan Macmillan ('1984', 'People, Places and Things') and directed by Leo Warner, artistic director of 59 Productions, the spectacle specialists...Contemporary theatre Until Saturday May 20 2017
The Secret Garden
London Children’s Ballet present the first-ever ballet adaptation of Frances Hodgeson Burnett's classic children's novel about the blossoming friendship between a proud young girl and her reclusive, bed-bound cousin – choreographed by Royal Ballet First...Tuesday May 30 2017 - Wednesday May 31 2017
The Emperor's New Clothes
An Emperor raises eyebrows with his birthday suit in this hilarious kids show. Seasoned storytellers Stuff and Nonsense stage a anarchic, thoroughly silly retelling of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' using puppets, jokes, songs and plenty of silly voices....Children's Tuesday May 30 2017 - Saturday June 3 2017
This courtroom drama by German lawyer-turned-playwright Ferdinand von Schirach looks at the aftermath of a crisis. A fighter pilot guns down a hijacked plane that's headed to collide with a packed football stadium - and must face the consequences in court....Drama Wednesday June 14 2017 - Saturday July 15 2017
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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!!