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 years

  • CD / System CD (Strand Lighting)
  • Documents


    Lyric Theatre - Arthur Lloyd 
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    Past Productions

    (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