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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A Real Alien Adventure
Do aliens really exist? Ripstop Theatre help kids find out, in the thrilling space show 'A Real Alien Adventure'. Miss Amelia Buttersnap and her amazing array of gadgets will set out with her cat Tibbles on a mission to prove that there really is someone...Children's Saturday March 4 2017 - Sunday April 2 2017
The Lyric Hammersmith is teaming up with Sydney's Belvoir Theatre to present this story of teenagers on the brink of adulthood. Matthew Whittet's play uses older actors to play these seventeen-year-olds, in a wise, witty look at the pains of growing up. This...Comedy Saturday March 4 2017 - Saturday April 8 2017
A homeless nineteen-year-old moves into a hostel with only a few bags of possessions. Fintan Dineen's play, devised in collaboration with young people's group Theatreworks, is a poignant look at youth and belonging. Part of Lyric Hammersmith's Evolution...Wednesday March 15 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017
Development Lab: Scratch Night
A series of scratch works from emerging artists with themes surrounding who we are and where we come from, including 'The Blind Truth' by Annie Mwampulo, 'White Noise' by Lynsey Martenstyn, 'Coconuts' by Ollie Clark, 'To Absent Friends' by Sarah Thewlis...Thursday March 16 2017
The Curious Adventures Of Pinocchio
Fairytale's most famous fibber, Pinocchio, comes to life in this storytelling performance featuring Cbeebies star Patrick Lynch. Marcello Chiarenza's new approach to the story uses quirky props and simple staging to entrall kids with Pinocchio's curious...Children's Saturday March 18 2017 - Sunday April 2 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!!