Lyric Theatre Archive

Current Show: The theatrical musical show Thriller Live featuring the songs of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 live on stage.

In early Summer 2003, Terry Johnson's play Hitchcock Blonde, which had enjoyed a critically acclaimed run at the Royal Court Theatre earlier in the year, transferred to the Lyric Theatre from June 2003 for a three month run. Before the next show moved in, Camut Band staged their show Life is Rhythm here in October for a short two week season. Seeing the year out was a major revival of David Hare's 1988 drama The Secret Rapture which starred Belinda Lang and Jenny Seagrove as two estranged sisters dealing with the death of their father.

The first new show of 2004 was the new musical written by Kit Hesketh Harvey about F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald called The Beautiful and Damned, with songs written by Roger Cook and Les Reed and choreography by Craig Revel Horwood, the show opened to mixed notices from the press, playing for three months before finally closing in August 2004. The following month saw the transfer from the Almeida Theatre of David Eldridge's English language stage adaptation of Festen (The Celebration) adapted for the stage from the original Digme film and play. This dark play, set around a father celebrating his 60th birthday surrounded by his family, enjoyed a seven month run before closing in April 2005 to make way for the transfer from Broadway of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman in May 2005. This Tony Award winning revival production had been originally staged on Broadway in 1999 by Robert Falls with Brian Dennehy as 'Willy Loman'. Now five years later in this re-staged production he was joined by Clare Higgins as his wife 'Linda' and Douglas Henshall and Mark Bazeley as his two sons.

In December 2005 Anthony Page's revival of Tennessee Williams's play The Night of the Iguana Woody Harrelson, Clare Higgins and Jenny Seagrove arrived at the Lyric Theatre for a run for four months. Opening in April 2006 was Carmel Morgan's new comedy play Smaller which starred the singer Alison Moyet and the comedian Dawn French as two sisters - French as the 'stay-at-home' sister who looks after her elderly mum, played by June Watson, and Moyet as the sister who flew the nest as soon as she could to pursue a career in musical theatre, but who has ended up belting out karaoke classics to hen parties in Puerto Banus - but now she returns to the family home. Directed by Kathy Burke the play enjoyed a short run of two months before closing in June 2006.

Having been a ratings winner of television when nearly five millions viewers watched it, the stage version of Grumpy Old Women arrived at the Lyric Theatre in June 2006 for a month long season starring Jenny Eclair, Linda Robson and Dillie Keane. Next in was a major revival of the legendary John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Cabaret directed by Rufus Norris with choreography by Javier De Frutos. Well received by critics and audience alike the revival run for some 21 months (the production returned in 2012 at the Savoy Theatre starring Will Young as the 'Emcee'). Next in, in September 2008, was the dance-led show Flamenco Flamen'ka. Directed and staged by Craig Revel Horwood, from an original concept by Karen Ruimy, the show brought together both Flamenco and Latin dancers choreographed by Jerome Couchart, Marjorie Ascione and Manuel Gutierrez Cabello in a story by Jorge Luis Borges. When it closed in November 2008 it was replaced by a sell-out two month run from the comedian Eddie Izzard with stand-up show called Stripped. In January 2008 the 'musical' Thriller Live! opened. A song and dance tribute show to Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5, it was originally scheduled to just play for a limited season, having already been staged at the Dominion Theatre for a Sunday night performance - but the show proved extremely popular and is currently still running at the Lyric Theatre five years later!

During July and August 2013 the stage adaptation of the children's book We're Going on a Bear Hunt played special daytime performances. For the two months over Christmas 2013 the musical stage adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's award winning picture book The Gruffalo will play daytime performances here.