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Lyric Theatre

Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7ES

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Nearest Tube Station Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus
Parking Parking: Nearest NCP: Denman Street. Street parking is very limited - strongly advise public transport.
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Guide Dogs Guide Dogs:

Guide dogs are allowed in boxes (one per box) but not into the auditorium. Staff available to dog-sit for a maximum of 3 dogs per performance.

Sound Amplification Infra-Red:

Infra-red system with 8 headsets collect headset from cloakroom in Dress Circle bar. Name and address required. Induction loop at the box office.

Disabled Wheelchair Access Disabled Access:

Entrance is through the left-hand double EXIT door (Royal Entrance) as you face the theatre. No steps to Boxes E, D and C. Each box can accommodate one wheelchair user and their companion (maximum 3 wheelchairs). Slightly restricted view. Transfer seating available to Dress Circle (up 6 steps from Royal Entrance). Wheelchairs stored in cloakroom or front of house store, on Dress Circle level. Venue suitable for scooters please check when booking. Provisions made for 1 scooter and 4 wheelchair and transferees.

Toilets Toilets:

Adapted toilet on the left inside the Royal entrance.

Steps Steps:

One 15cm step and then 3 into foyer. Box Office to right. 18 steps down to Stalls. Dress Circle level from foyer, 1 step between rows. 25 up to Upper Circle, 45 to Balcony. Handrails on staircases.

Air Conditioning Air Conditioning: Yes
Venue Owner Owner: Nimax Theatres

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. It was the second theatre to be constructed on this stretch of Shaftesbury Avenue and is now 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 theatre's history, it staged mostly comic operas, and later it has been a home to light comedies, musicals and straight dramas. The 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.