Lyric Theatre

Location:  29 Shaftesbury Avenue

Currently Showing: Thriller Live

Access: Piccadilly Circus (exit 4 marked Shaftesbury Avenue)

Stage Door:  Great Windmill Street – two rights out of the main entrance

Ownership: Nimax Theatre Ltd



The Lyric Theatre was designed by C J Phillips and built by Henry Leslie, a producer, with the profits he made from the comic opera, Dorothy.  Leslie transferred this opera from the Prince of Wales Theatre to open the new theatre on 17th December 1888.  The Lyric is the oldest theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue.

Over the next years, the theatre was home to many comic operas, light comedies and dramas.  In 1898, Tom B Davis took over management of the theatre.  The theatre was home to George Bernard Shaw’s The Chocolate Soldier, which was his first play to be set to music (written by Oscar Strauss) in 1910.

The following year, Michael Faraday became the sole proprietor of the theatre.  Yvonne Arnaud was made famous in a production of The Girl in the Taxi which was staged at the theatre.  F W Tibbets became the lessee in 1916 for the following 14 years.  Lilac Time, in 1922, a play about composer Franz Schubert was highly successful.  Yvonne Arnaud returned to the Lyric in 1941 with The Nutmeg Tree.

In 1943, Prince Littler took over the theatre.  The Little Hut showed here in 1950 with Robert Morley.  Five years later,  Noel Coward’s South Sea Bubble starred Vivien Leigh.

In 1974, Stoll Moss Theatres bought the theatre.  Under this management, the theatre played host to: the original production of Blood Brothers starring Barbara Dickson; Hugh Whitmore’s Pack of Lies with Judi Dench; and Look Back In Anger which featured Kenneth Branagh.

In 2000, the theatre was bought by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Really Useful Theatre Group before Nimax Theatres Ltd purchased the Lyric Theatre on 26th September 2005.

Visiting Information

The Lyric Theatre is located on Shaftesbury Avenue.  This street is known in the theatre world as simply The Avenue.  It is home to six theatres (Lyric, Apollo, Gielgud, Queen’s, Palace and Shaftesbury Theatres).

Piccadilly Circus is only two minutes’ walk away.  Shopping streets Regent and Oxford Street are five minutes away.

Our favourite restaurants nearby:

  • Milano – Shaftesbury Avenue, Italian cuisine, extensive menu
  • Getti – Jermyn Street, Italian cuisine, reasonably priced, wide ranging menu
  • The Terrace – Le Meridien Hotel Piccadilly, British cuisine, expensive, classy experience
  • Assagettti – Haymarket, Italian cuisine

Seating Tips

In the Stalls, the premium seats start around £90 in row F.  Most other seats in the stalls are around £70 and provide excellent views, particularly for the more central seats.  The only seats with lower prices are ones with a restricted view, such as those behind pillars supporting the next tier.

In the Dress Circle, most seats, apart from those with a restricted view, are £70. There are cheaper seats in the Upper Circle and Balcony, which provide a side view and some have restricted legroom.

Where to buy tickets

The Lyric Theatre is owned by Nimax Theatres Ltd and therefore the best place to buy tickets for Thriller Live is through their website where you will pay for tickets at face value plus a booking fee.

Reviews from the Lyric

Thriller Live – ★★★★★ “…an amazing show, tribute and documentary of the great Michael Jackson’s musical career”  Read more >>>