The Lyric Theatre is a West End theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue in the City of Westminster.
Designed by architect C. J. Phipps, it was built by producer Henry Leslie with profits from the Alfred Cellier and B. C. Stephenson hit, Dorothy, which he transferred from the Prince of Wales Theatre to open his new venue on 17 December 1888. It was the second theatre to be constructed on this stretch of Shaftesbury Avenue and is now the oldest on the street. The foyer and bars were refurbished in 1932-33, and the facade was restored in 1994. At present it seats 967 on four levels, although it originally was designed with a seating capacity of 1,306. The theatre still uses an electric pump to operate its iron curtain.
Early in the theatre's history, it staged mostly comic operas, and later it has been a home to light comedies, musicals and straight dramas.
The theatre retains many of its original features (including being built behind an original 1767 house front, at the rear to Great Windmill Street, the former house and museum of Sir William Hunter) and the theatre was Grade II listed by English Heritage in September 1960.
Totally amazing! from Marta Tornago, 30/08/14
I am a very big fan of Michael Jackson and I was really excited to have the possibility to watch the show. When I left the Lyric Theatre I felt like I had just spent the best two hours in my whole life. All the dancers and singers were absolutely perfect, they knew exactly how to move in every single moment, it was really impressive! They were able to make Michaels soul live in such an intense and powerful way, it was wonderful! I really appreciated the great variety of choreographies for the different songs: some of them were completely new, many others were just like the performances of Michaels concerts, while others were identical to the official music videos! Moreover, the choice, the order and the mash-ups of the tracks were really well done, they made the musical a perfect and intense story of Michaels life. Finally, the thing I loved the most. While I was watching the show I gave a look around me: the theatre was full and all the people in the audience were singing and dancing, taking part in the musical. And I thought that all those people, who were really a lot, the audience, the singers and the dancers and the ones who had worked to realize the show, were there and did their best, making use of their gifts, passions and abilities, just for a man, thanks to him. All those people were there for Michael, to make him never die, using what they have, what they like the most. And Michael, in some ways, helped them make a dream come true, find and show to everyone their gifts. The musical was pure love and I could even breathe it. Well, that was really impressive and extremely moving and I thank everyone who was there from the bottom of my heart for this amazing experience. I do hope well all go on singing and dancing like that, thanks to Michael and for Michael, making him live forever, because he really deserves this. Of course, I heartily recommend anyone to buy the tickets for the show!
Love MJ from tlft, 29/07/14
If you like the songs of Michael Jackson this is for you! They sang almost every one of his most popular songs from his beginnings with the Jackson 5 through to the end of his career. The songs I missed that were not included were: Jam, Remember the Time, Scream
Thriller live show from Holly, 27/05/14
This show was amazing.i just wanted to see it again as soon as it was finished.the cast were fantastic.they had so much energy and talent .the show was spectacular from start to finish.the singing and dancing was absolutely brilliant.it made my trip to London.totally wonderful-would thoroughly recommend it -completely loved it and want more tickets to see it again.