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.
Theatres Trust page about the Lyric Theatre:
Arthur Lloyd page about the Lyric Theatre including a lot of historic detail Equipment
1971 (from The Stage Guide)
Electrics: Strand CD II board in FOH Upper Circle. Dimmers – 120 (750W to 5kW); 2 presets; groups – 14 pistons. Circuits – FOH 32; Flies 60; Stage dips 24. Socket type – 15A BESA. Total capacity available – 900A on 3 phases. Links to information about equipment at Lyric Theatre, London over the years CD / System CD (Strand) Documents
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(partly from Wikipedia, partly from
Showstopper! The Improvised Musical (15 November 2021 – 18 July 2022)
Get Up, Stand Up! The Bob Marley Musical (1 October 2021 – 17 September 2022)
(5 December 2020 – 15 December [closed due to Covid], 21 May 2021 – 22 August 2021) Six
Gruffalos Child (22 November 2017 – 7 January 2019) morning / afternoon performances
Thriller – Live (2009 – March 2020)
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.
(14 December 1990 – March 1995) produced by Cameron Mackintosh – a five year run Five Guys Named Moe
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
(1983) the original production of the Willy Russell musical, starring Barbara Dickson Blood Brothers
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)
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