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The Lyric Theatre is situated on Shaftesbury Avenue in the West End of London. Built in 1888, this 959 seat venue is the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.
The Lyric Theatre’s first production Dorothy was actually responsible for getting it built – the original run of the comic opera at the Prince of Wales Theatre was so successful that its producer Henry Leslie pocketed £100,000 (more than £8 million today) and decided to build a brand new theatre on the Shaftesbury Avenue.
The Lyric was consistently putting on plays by top playwrights George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O’Neill and J.B. Priestley among others. Productions in later years at the Lyric included among its ranks Kenneth Branagh, John Malkovich, Judi Dench and Ian McKellen.
The Lyric Theatre has also been a favourite venue for musicals, staging the first production of the stalwart Blood Brothers in 1983. Currently, the theatre is home to Thriller Live which has brought the greatest hits by the King of Pop to the West End since 2009.