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29 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 7ES - Lyric Theatre Tickets: 0870 890 1107

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Lyric Theatre in London West End

Lyric Theatre, London West End

The Lyric Theatre is currently showing Thriller.

The Lyric Theatre is a West End theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster.

Designed by architect C. J. Phipps, it was built by producer Henry Leslie with profits from the Alfred Cellier and B. C. Stephenson hit, Dorothy, which he transferred from the Prince of Wales Theatre to open his new venue on 17 December 1888.

The Lyric Theatre was the second theatre to be constructed on this stretch of Shaftesbury Avenue and now the Lyric Theatre is the oldest on the street.

The foyer and bars were refurbished in 1932-33, and the facade was restored in 1994. At present it seats 967 on four levels, although it originally was designed with a seating capacity of 1,306. The theatre still uses an electric pump to operate its iron curtain.

Early in the Lyric theatre's history, it staged mostly comic operas, and later it has been a home to light comedies, musicals and straight dramas.

The Lyric theatre retains many of its original features (including being built behind an original 1767 house front, at the rear to Great Windmill Street, the former house and museum of Sir William Hunter) and the theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960