29 Shaftesbury Avenue
London W1D 7ES
TfL Fare Zone 1
The Lyric Theatre in London’s West End is the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. It was designed by C J Phipps and opened in 1888.
Its red brick façade is unassuming but it inside it has a U-shaped auditorium which brings the audience close to the stage with unrestricted viewing. The auditorium is split into four levels – Stalls, Dress Circle, Upper Circle and Balcony.
It was originally built as a home for operetta; however, the building has successfully hosted drama, comedy and musicals.
In 2005 veteran producers Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer purchased the Lyric Theatre, along with the Apollo, Duchess and Garrick Theatres creating Nimax Theatres. The Vaudeville Theatre, solely owned by Max Weitzenhoffer, completes the Nimax portfolio.
The Lyric Theatres and has 915 seats. There are 4 stairs from the street to the foyer. To access the auditorium there are 24 stairs to the Stalls, Dress Circle is located off the main foyer, 25 stairs to the Upper Circle and 60 stairs to the Balcony. When visiting the Lyric, be prepared for a bit of exercise!
Plan Your Visit
Patrons should either Book Online using the theatre’s own link or Tel: + 44 (0)844 482 9674
Wheelchair user access is located in the Dress Circle Boxes, which are at street level. Please report to the main entrance on arrival and a member of staff will accompany you to the wheelchair access entrance on Shaftesbury Avenue.
There is a fully adapted unisex toilet in the Dress Circle.
There are currently no hearing assistance facilities in this venue.
Tel: +44 (0)8444 829 677
Toilets on all levels
The theatre bars are located on all levels. There is no level access to the bars for wheelchair users; a member of theatre staff will offer assistance purchasing beverages on behalf of customers. Programmes and Ice Creams are available in the main foyer and auditorium.
Contact & Further Information
+ 44 (0)2074 945 840
To find the best way for getting to Lyric Theatre, visit TfL Journey Planner, link above.
- By Underground
Piccadilly Circus Station Piccadilly and Bakerloo Lines
- By Bus
Route Nos. 6, 13, 15, 2
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