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Lyric Hammersmith

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An intimate Victorian theatre in west London.

The Lyric Hammersmith is a Victorian theatre in west London. It was built in 1895, designed by the theatre architect Frank Matcham to be an intimate opera house and theatre. In 1966 the Lyric was scheduled for demolition, but a public campaign led to its painstaking deconstruction and reconstruction on a nearby site. The theatre was re-opened in 1979, in a complex that also included a black-box studio space. The Lyric was refurbished in 2004 and again 2012–15, each time to designs by Rick Mather, and now houses state-of-the-art facilities, including a rehearsal space, dance studio, recording studio, editing suite and a 50-seat cinema.

The Lyric presents 1,000 performances a year in a combination of new and repertory work across its main and studio stages; the theatre’s aim is to produce work that is ‘provoking, entertaining, popular, eclectic, messy, contradictory and diverse’. The Lyric is also committed to nurturing the creativity of young people. Its work in this field includes Lyric Young Company, west London’s largest youth theatre, creative projects with schools and targeted work with disadvantaged and vulnerable young people.

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