The Victorian splendour of the 550-seat Lyric Hammersmith is to undergo a £780,000 refurbishment, it was announced today.
The main auditorium has not been fully refurbished since 1979. The building works will include the modernisation of its Studio theatre.
The theatre’s Main House auditorium will temporarily close after Fatherland on June 23 and reopen on October 5 with the Lyric and HOME co-production, o t h e l l o m a c b e t h.
Sian Alexander, executive director at the Lyric said: “The Lyric plays a key role in the cultural and educational landscape of West London and beyond.
“The refurbishment of our performance spaces is a strategic investment in the Lyric’s infrastructure looking after the building’s extraordinary heritage, giving our audiences a first class experience and bringing our technical capabilities into the 21st century.
“It is part of our long-term plan to renew the Lyric for future generations.”
The Lyric reopened in April 2015 following a multi-million pound redevelopment that added a major new extension to the west of the main building, the Reuben Foundation Wing, and refurbished the foyer spaces.
But the refurbishment didn’t include the Lyric’s two performance spaces. The areas now need work to improve comfort, safety and accessibility, and to preserve the heritage of the Frank Matcham-designed Main House auditorium.
The Main House auditorium refurbishment will include plasterwork and ceiling repairs, redecoration, replacement of seats, carpets and book rail; new and upgraded lighting, new access doors and general redecoration.
The Studio will be updated and will include a complete rewiring, installation of retractable seating, repairs to the floor and redecoration.
The project is estimated to cost a total of £780,000 which has been part funded by Arts Council England, Foyle Foundation, SUEZ Communities Trust, The Wolfson Foundation and the Lyric Hammersmith’s own contribution.