A complete guide to the Lyric Theatre in London

By | Posted on 21-Mar-2020

A complete guide to the Lyric Theatre in London

Ever visited the Lyric Theatre? Situated in the West End, stars of stage and screen have trod the boards at this central London theatre, soon to be home to the world premiere of a Bob Marley musical. Whether you’re visiting the Lyric or just passing by, read all about the theatre with our guide.

Guide to the Lyric Theatre in the West End

Where is the Lyric Theatre?

The Lyric Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue (W1D 7ES) in London. It’s considered to be one of the main streets in the West End, surrounded by theatres including the Apollo Theatre, the Gielgud Theatre and the Sondheim Theatre.

How do I get to the Lyric Theatre?

The Lyric Theatre is in central London. The nearest rail station is Charing Cross, which is a ten to fifteen-minute walk away from the theatre, but you’ll walk past playhouses including the Harold Pinter Theatre on your way.

Heading to the Lyric via bus? These London bus routes will drop you off near the theatre, so you can arrive a few minutes before curtain up and have enough time to get to your seat.

Shaftesbury Avenue: 12, 14, 19, 38
Regent Street: 6, 13, 15, 23, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453

Can I travel to the Lyric Theatre by tube?

 

Are you visiting the Lyric Theatre via the London Underground? The nearest tube station to the theatre is Piccadilly  Circus (Bakerloo and Piccadilly), just a couple of minutes away from the theatre’s front door. Other stations near include Leicester Square (Northern and Piccadilly), Covent Garden (Piccadilly) and Charing Cross (Bakerloo and Northern).

When did the Lyric Theatre open?

Built in 1888, the Lyric holds the title of being the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. In its early days, it became Lyric tradition for the theatre to host esteemed plays by international writers including Eugene O’Neill, with actors Kenneth Branagh and Ian McKellen also going on to perform at the Lyric during their careers.

In recent years, the Lyric Theatre is best known for being home to Thriller Livea Michael Jackson-inspired concert revue championing the life and career of the King of Pop. Opening in 2009, the production went on to run for over a decade, closing on 15th March 2020.

How many seats are inside the Lyric Theatre?

While the Lyric may appear to be an intimate theatre, there’s a seating capacity of 967, split across four seating levels. This includes 357 stalls seats, 149 dress circle seats, 178 upper circle seats and 205 balcony seats. There are also  and 205 seats in the Balcony. Box seating is also available at the theatre, for those who wish to sit away from large crowds.

When booking tickets for performances at the Lyric Theatre, our interactive seating plans will display each seat that’s available, as well as ticketing guidance on individual seats, so you can guarantee that you’ll find the perfect view for you.

Where should I sit at the Lyric Theatre?

Lyric Theatre

Being one of the West End’s smaller buildings, it’s no surprise that seating at the Lyric Theatre may be snug. But, there’s often lucrative deals to be had, so if you’re looking for a cheap deal, then keep reading.

If you’re looking for the best seats in the house, you’ll want to book central seats in the stalls. When sitting here, you’ll be able to see every facial expression and even feel your seat shaking below you with the loud music. But, don’t worry! That’s all part of the excitement. Optimum seating for taller patrons is toward the back of the stalls, as seating is not raked.

Don’t want to be so close to the stage? Take your pick from seats in the dress circle or royal circle. With a maximum of eight rows in your section, it’s great for those who don’t want to be in large crowds but still feel a part of the production that’s taking place.

Why not reach the dizzying heights of the balcony? There may be a few moments in the extremities of the stage that you may not see, but you’ll still be seeing a world-class show from a comfortable seat. So, what are you waiting for? Head to the Lyric to see a show now!

Still deciding where the best seat for you at the Lyric Theatre will be? Learn more about West End theatres with our guide on every different type of theatre seating, as well as tips and tricks on what to do in the middle of a performance.

What restaurants are near the Lyric Theatre?

Are you looking to book a table at a restaurant before seeing a show at the Lyric Theatre? You’ve come to the right place. Reserve your spot today at some of London’s finest dining spots in the heart of the West End, so you can relax.

RestaurantAbout the restaurantReservation Times
Byron – Wardour StreetProper hamburgers, made to a unique recipe of chuck, brisket & rib cap cuts with maximum flavour. You’ll want second helpings!5:30pm
L’EscargotA seasonally-changing menu offering the best of France, Snails, including Lobster bisque, Salade Nicoise, and Coq au Vin.1:00pm/5:30pm/6:00pm/10:30pm
Old Compton BrasserieAn all-day dining venue, guests can enjoy cocktails from an award-winning mixologist and contemporary British food in a relaxed yet creative setting.12:00pm/5:30pm
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