**February 2015: The Lyric Theatre has picked up four awards at this year's Irish Times Irish Theatre Awards. This was the Lyric's biggest ever haul at the Awards and was was the best performance on the night from any theatre in Ireland. The four awards were: Best Director (Selina Cartmell for Punk Rock, by Simon Stephens), Best Costume Design (Mike Britton for How Many Miles to Babylon by Jennifer Johnston, adapted for stage by Alan Stanford), Best Set Design (Alyson Cummins for Pentecost, by Stewart Parker), Best Lighting Design (Ciaran Bagnall for Pentecost, by Stewart Parker).
As the only full-time producing theatre in Northern Ireland, the Lyric makes a unique and vital contribution to the community.
Its mission is to produce high-quality professional theatre that is alive to the complex cultural experience and diverse traditions of the community, and to use the unique power of live theatre to empower, inspire, engage and educate.
After an extensive capital build project the Lyric Theatre is almost three times the size of the old theatre. The theatre has three distinct areas. The 389 seat Danske Bank Stage is the main performance area, providing an extra 85 seats in a single steep rake. The intimacy of the old theatre remains as the body of the audience is not broken by balconies or barriers ensuring actors and audience share the same space.
A second performance studio, the Naughton Studio, accommodates between 110 and 172 people, can be adapted to suit any performance style and will explore experimental work as well as reimagining classic plays and developing the skills of local artists.
The third space is a rehearsal room the same size as the main auditorium stage. Other facilities include an education suite, dressing rooms, board room, cafe/bar and river terrace, and a range of corporate entertaining suites overlooking the Lagan and Botanic Gardens.
Behind the scenes tours: These are available generally on a Friday or Sunday morning, dependant on our performance schedule and what other events we have on in the building. All tours must be booked in advance by contacting our Box Office. We charge £4 per head, schools and community groups go free.
Recipient of 5 Star accreditation from the N.Ireland Tourist Board - the first arts venue to receive this award.
Recipient of the Outstanding Award for Tourism at the 2012 Northern Ireland Tourism Awards.
For more information, news and to find out what’s on at the Lyric visit the www.lyrictheatre.co.uk