UK – London – Lyric Theatre
Dates: 17 December 1888 – present
Capacity: 967 on four levels (Originally 1,306)
Address: Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES.
The Lyric Theatre is currently owned by NIMAX Theatre group.
Official website: http://www.nimaxtheatres.com/lyric-theatre/
Theatres Trust page about the Lyric Theatre: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/resources/theatres/show/2035-lyric-london
Arthur Lloyd page about the Lyric Theatre including a lot of historic detail
Archive equipment related to Lyric Theatre, London over the yearsCD / System CD (Strand Lighting)
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(partly from Wikipedia, partly from official website)
- Gruffalos Child (22 November 2017 – 7 January 2019) morning / afternoon performances
- Thriller – Live (2009 – present)
- A Frisky and Mannish Christmas (2009)
- Eddie Izzard: Stripped (2008)
- Hairspray: The School Musical (2008)
- Flamenco Flamen’ka (2008)
- Cabaret (10 October 2006 – June 2008)
- Night of the Iguana (2006) starring Woody Harrelson, Clare Higgins and Jenny Seagrove. Bill Kenwright production.
- Smaller by Carmel Morgan (2006), starring Dawn French and Alison Moyet, and directed by Kathy Burke. Produced by Phil McIntyre.
- Grumpy Old Women (2006)
- Festen (2005) transferred from the Almeida Theatre. Bill Kenwright production.
- Death of a Salesman (2005) starring Brian Dennehy and Clare Higgins.
- Beautiful and Damned (2004), a new musical based on the lives of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, presented by Gem Theatrical Productions Limited.
- Al Murray The Pub Landlord, Who Dares Wines? (2003)
- Dance of Death (2003) starring Sir Ian McKellen
- Hitchcock Blonde (2003) by Terry Johnson, transfer from the Royal Court
- Camut Band (2003)
- The Secret Rapture (2003)
- The Feast of Snails (2002) starring David Warner
- Daisy Pulls It Off (2002)
- Home and Beauty (2002)
- The Constant Wife (2002) transferred from the Apollo Theatre
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2001) starring Brendan Fraser, produced by Bill Kenwright
- Barbara Cook Sings Mostly Sondheim (2001), produced by Bill Kenwright
- Semi-Monde (2001) the first full-scale production of Noël Coward’s 1926 play, produced by Thelma Holt
- Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2000) starring Jessica Lange.
- Brief Encounter (2000) with Jenny Seagrove
- A Busy Day (2000) with Stephanie Beacham and Sara Crowe
- 2000: The Lyric became a Really Useful Theatre when Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s Really Useful Group and Bridgepoint Capital purchased Stoll Moss Theatres Ltd.
- Animal Crackers (1999) from the Manchester Royal Exchange
- Comic Potential (1999) starring Janie Dee
- Closer (1998) from the Royal National Theatre
- An Ideal Husband (1998)
- 1997: The theatre front of house areas were completely refurbished.
- Marlene (1997) directed by Sean Mathias, starring Siân Phillips as Dietrich
- Cyrano de Bergerac (1997) starring Antony Sher, RSC production
- By Jeeves (?October 1996 – February 1997) Transfer from Duke of Yorks Theatre
- Ain’t Misbehavin’ (1995)
- Hobson’s Choice (1995) starring Leo McKern, from Chichester Festival Theatre
- Tap Dogs (1995)
- 1990: Janet Holmes à Court took control of Stoll Moss following the death of her husband.
- Five Guys Named Moe (14 December 1990 – March 1995) produced by Cameron Mackintosh – a five year run
- Burn This (1990) starring John Malkovich
- Steel Magnolias (1989) by Robert Harling. Starring Rosemary Harris
- Look Back In Anger (1989) starring Kenneth Branagh
- Prin (1989) starring Sheila Hancock
- Gigi (1985) starring Siân Phillips and Beryl Reid
- Loot (1984) Joe Orton play, starring Leonard Rossiter, who sadly died during the run
- Blood Brothers (1983) the original production of the Willy Russell musical, starring Barbara Dickson
- Pack of Lies (19893) by Hugh Whitemore, starring Judi Dench and Michael Williams
- 1982: Robert Holmes à Court took control of Stoll Moss Theatres.
- Tonight at 8:30 (1981)
- Arms and the Man (1981)
- Filumena (1977) starred Joan Plowright.
- 1974: The Lyric became part of the Stoll Moss Theatres group.
- How the Other Half Loves (1972) by Alan Ayckbourn- ran for 869 performances
- Habeas Corpus (1972), starring Alec Guinness
- Plaza Suite (1969)
- Robert and Elizabeth (1964) starring Keith Michell as Robert Browning
- Irma La Douce (1958) musical, starring Keith Michell and Elizabeth Seal
- South Sea Bubble (1955) by Noël Coward, starring Vivien Leigh
- Grab Me a Gondola (1954)
- Vortex (1950)
- The Little Hut (1950) starring Robert Morley – ran for 1,261 performances
- The Winslow Boy (1946)
- Love in Idleness (1944)
- 1943: Impressario Prince Littler took control of the building.
- The Nutmeg Tree (1941) starring Yvonne Arnaud
- Tovarich (1935) by Robert Sherwood
- Victoria Regina (1935)
- A Reunion in Vienna (1934) starring Alfred Lunt and Lynne Fontane
- The Royal Family (1934) directed by Noël Coward, with Madge Titheradge, Marie Tempest and Laurence Olivier
- 1933: Thomas Bostock took over and the building was completely re-decorated.
- Dangerous Corner (1932) by J B Priestley.
- Strange Interlude (1931) by Eugene O’Neill
- Autumn Crocus (1931)
- Berkeley Square (1929) starring Leslie Howard
- The Gold Diggers (1926) starred Tallulah Bankhead
- The Street Singer (1924) Frederick Lonsdale musical
- Lilac Time (1922) play about the composer Franz Schubert employing his music
- Whirled into Happiness (1922)
- The Bird of Paradise (1919) which starred Henry Daniell as Hoheno
- 1916: F W Tibbets became lessee (until 1930)
- The Girl in the Taxi (1911) musical featuring Yvonne Arnaud
- 1911: Michael Faraday became sole controller of the theatre.
- The Chocolate Soldier (1910) the first of Bernard Shaw’s plays to be set to music when Oscar Strauss composed songs for an adaptation of Arms and the Man.
- Robin Hood (1906) starring Lewis Waller
- The Duchess of Dantzic (1903)
- Mice and Men (1902) Johnstone Forbes-Robertson produced and appeared with his wife Gertrude Elliott
- Florodora (1899) music by Leslie Stuart, including ‘Tell Me Pretty Maiden’
- 1898: Sarah Bernhardt appeared in Frou-Frou, Phèdre, Julie and La Tosca.
- 1898 Tom B Davis took over the management.
- The Sign of the Cross (1896) written and produced by Wilson Barrett
- His Excellency (1894)
- La Dame aux Camellias (1893) the London debut of Eleanora Duse
- The Mountebanks (1892) a comic opera by W S Gilbert
- Doris and The Red Hussar (1889)
- Dorothy (1888), featuring Marie Tempest; transferred from Prince of Wales Theatre where it opened in 1887