Archive - 2012

'Tis the season to be jolly…busy

While most places are shut for the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast is bustling with two shows on stage and one in rehearsals.

Tales of the City - new season celebrates Belfast

Next year marks 400 years since Belfast was founded and to mark the anniversary the Lyric Theatre is producing a season of plays which capture the spirit of the city - the good, the bad and the ugly.

Hello Hillary, goodbye 2012

Just when the cast thought they'd learnt all their lines, the writers of the Lyric Theatre's comedy review of the year have had to scribble new scenes to take account of the fast-rolling news agenda.

Cookstown actor stars as Hansel in Lyric debut

A young Co Tyrone actor is set to enchant audiences with his glittering debut at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast in the bewitching Christmas musical, Hansel + Grettel.

Kids draw colourful new Hansel + Grettel

Four budding young artists have won family tickets for Hansel + Grettel after their pictures came top of the class in the Lyric's School Drawing Competition.

Forget Turkey! tickets being gobbled up

As millions of Americans celebrate Thanksgiving Day today, the Lyric Theatre has come up with some essential facts about turkey to celebrate its forthcoming Christmas show.

Three thousand pupils see Macbeth

Over 3,000 school-children from across Northern Ireland have been to see Macbeth at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

Two Christmas Crackers at the Lyric

Complete the magic of Christmas with a trip to the multi-award-winning Lyric Theatre this year. The Belfast theatre has two fantastic treats for the Christmas season, Hansel + Grettel - a revamped fairy-tale for the kids and Forget Turkey! (We're going to Phuket this Christmas) - a laugh-a-minute review of the year for those too old for a Santa stocking.

Culture Minister supports Lyric's drive to make theatre affordable to all

Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín visited the Lyric Theatre in Belfast today to show her support for a scheme which helps make theatre more affordable.

Cambridge lab pips Lyric to Stirling Prize

Hopes for the Lyric Theatre winning architecture's top prize have been dashed after the Sainsbury Laboratory in Cambridge was announced the winner of the Stirling Prize tonight. Belfast's Lyric Theatre was one of just six buildings across the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize.

Lyric in Olympian battle for Stirling Prize

The Lyric Theatre is best known for dramas on-stage but this week the nerves will be off-stage as it awaits the outcome of the judges' decision for the top prize in architecture - the prestigious Stirling Prize.

Lyric knife drama performed for women prisoners

The Lyric Theatre production of knife crime drama The Long Road was performed inside Hydebank Wood prison for an audience of up to 40 women prisoners this week.

Knife-edge drama in The Long Road

Seven summers ago a teenage boy went to buy sweets one evening in north Belfast and never came home. Thomas Devlin was mercilessly stabbed in an unprovoked attack and bled to death.

Rich harvest of drama as Lyric launches autumn season brochure

The autumn season at the Lyric Theatre kicks off this week with a mad maelstrom of music, drink and mayhem in the celebrated Irish classic, The Playboy of the Western World by J.M Synge.

First Lyric production of Shakespeare on new stage

A formidable cast assembled this week for the start of rehearsals for Macbeth - the first Lyric production of Shakespeare on the Northern Bank Stage and the bard's bloodiest. The most popular of Shakespeare's tragedies, Macbeth combines the potent ingredients of witchcraft, royalty and jealous ambition in a psychological thriller that reaches a brutal climax.

New Writer-in-Residence 'thrilled' to be at the Lyric

Critically acclaimed playwright, Abbie Spallen, has just been announced as the Lyric Theatre  Belfast's new Writer-in-Residence. The Newry-born writer was described by the New York Times as "part of a new generation of Irish writers and filmmakers who are tackling weighty contemporary issues".

Amateur cast at Lyric offer double slice of Shakespeare

A group of amateur actors who seized a unique opportunity to gain professional training from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) are putting their new skills to the test at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.

Lyric offers different ball game for young sportsmen

Three young sportsmen have swapped the rugby pitch and river to tread the boards at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast this summer as they get set to star in a student production in the Naughton Studio.

Award-winning director returns to Lyric

Conall Morrison who won Best Director at the Irish Times Theatre Awards earlier this year for the Lyric Theatre's acclaimed production of The Crucible returns to direct The Playboy of the Western World.

Outrageous Musical Comedy fit for a Queen?

Her Majesty the Queen may have displayed a comic touch at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, but one wonders what One would make of the latest show from the theatre that staged Her recent historic handshake with Martin McGuinness.

Tits go tartan - Molly Wobbly Edinburgh-bound

The bras are getting packed and the feather boas dusted down, as the Lyric Theatre's musical sensation of the summer prepares to set sail for Scotland.

Lyric versus Olympics Stadium in battle for Stirling Prize

As the greatest show on earth gets underway this week in London, the Lyric Theatre in Belfast has just been announced as a contender against the Olympics Stadium for the most coveted prize in British architecture.

Et tu, "Billy"? Belfast Shakespeare play goes to Stratford

Budding young amateur actors from Belfast have been given an opportunity most professional actors would kill for - the chance to perform Shakespeare in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.

New photo exhibition reveals rich legacy of Lyric

Take a trip down memory lane or spot your favourite Lyric production among a new exhibition of photographs - many of them never previously seen - charting more than five decades of drama at Belfast's best-loved theatre.

Lyric Theatre stages historic handshake

In a history stretching back more than five decades, the Lyric Theatre Belfast has staged many dramas.

Award number 16 for Lyric

The Lyric Theatre Belfast has won two further awards for architectural excellence bringing the total tally of trophies in its opening year to an impressive 16.

Hairspray star joins Lyric comedy cast

The Lyric Theatre, Belfast is delighted to announce that West End star Leanne Jones is joining its much anticipated production of the new musical comedy Molly Wobbly's Tit Factory next month.

Wilde wet summer bonanza for Lyric box office

While most of the country is praying for an end to the wet weather, the Lyric Theatre is hoping that the rain will persist as audiences soak up its latest production.

Vote for Lyric Theatre as Ireland's favourite new building

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast is the only building north of the border to be shortlisted by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) for Ireland's favourite new building.

Olympian Summer of Fun for Young Actors

As the Olympic torch arrives in Northern Ireland it's a reminder that the Games and the summer holidays are just around the corner. Are you looking for a creative outlet for your child or simply stuck for ideas to occupy them through the long summer months?

Lyric awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism

Tourist chiefs have recognised the vital contribution of the arts to the tourist industry by bestowing the award for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism to the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

Lyric Theatre named "Building of the Year"

The Lyric Theatre Belfast has impressed a panel of architects to win a hat-trick of awards at the Royal Society of Ulster Architects' (RSUA) Design Awards.

Wilde's masterpiece given stunning make-over

A satirical masterpiece with an elegant set and sophisticated costumes is this summer's treat at the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

International school cast beam Titanic story to relatives 'back home'

Distant relatives and friends of pupils at Dundonald Primary School were able to watch its production of Titanic play, She Was Alright When She Left Us when it was live-streamed on the internet.

Lyric welcomes 128,000 in first year in new theatre

The Lyric Theatre Belfast was celebrating its first anniversary in the new building today with the news that 128,000 people have been through its doors.

Lyric Theatre exports two Titanic productions across the Irish Sea

The Lyric Theatre is exporting two successful Titanic productions across the Irish Sea to ensure they reach a wider audience marking the centenary year of the infamous shipwreck.

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney celebrates First Anniversary of Lyric's reopening

Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney will address a sold-out audience at the Lyric Theatre Belfast tonight, Monday 23 April, marking the start of a fortnight's celebration of the new building's first anniversary.

Comber pupils can bank on putting on a good show

A group of pupils, whose school has historic ties to the Titanic, enjoyed a drama workshop at the Lyric Theatre Belfast courtesy of Northern Bank.

Lyric Theatre gives pupils a lesson in laughter

IT was a lot more fun than a maths or French class, as 13 and 14-year-old pupils in Lurgan, Co Armagh took part in comedy workshops courtesy of the Lyric Theatre Belfast.

Amateur drama groups bid to perform Shakespeare in Stratford

Amateur drama companies will be taking to the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast later this month to showcase a series of Shakespeare-themed productions.

Lyric comedy looks at murkier side of suburbia

EVER wondered who to blame for society's ills - the parents, the youth of today… ourselves? Rehearsals are under way at the Lyric Theatre Belfast this week for The Civilisation Game - a sparky new comedy which takes a wry look at our so-called 'broken society'.

A Titanic-sized programme to mark Lyric's First Anniversary Season

In a year of significant anniversaries, the Lyric Theatre is proud to present its First Anniversary Season bound to entice you - if you haven't already - across the threshold of this magnificent building.

Oscar winners see Conleth Hill in Uncle Vanya

Oscar-winning father and daughter team, Terry and Oorlagh George were reunited last night with actor Conleth Hill, star of The Shore, who is on stage at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. The film director and producer were keen to see Conleth who is in the final few days of his run in Uncle Vanya at the Lyric.

QUB historian helps shine light into Lyric student production

A new generation of actors learning their craft at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast has been given a helping hand by Queen's University which could flourish into future collaborations.

Lyric building "dazzles" Civic Trust judges

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast has received a prestigious Civic Trust Award for its newly-built theatre on the banks of the Lagan. The judges described the new Lyric Theatre as "a dazzling building of international quality, constructional design and execution".

Lyric Theatre scoops two awards at the prestigious Irish Times Theatre Awards

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast is celebrating after winning two awards in Dublin topping a fantastic first year in its stunning new building. The awards celebrated the success of the Lyric's first production in the new theatre - Arthur Miller's The Crucible - one of the most praised productions in the awards.

Titanic Lyric play to explore most famous year in Belfast's history

Tickets go on sale today for a world premiere that explores the human drama behind the events of 1912, the most famous year in Belfast's history, the year of Titanic and the Ulster Covenant.

Brian Friel's Uncle Vanya in Rehearsals

Rehearsals have begun in the Lyric Theatre for Uncle Vanya with a stunning cast that includes Conleth Hill in the title role. Written by Ireland's leading playwright Brian Friel after Chekhov, Uncle Vanya will open next month on the theatre's Northern Bank Stage.


  • 13 August 2015
    ID2015 Capsule Exhibition @ Lyric Theatre
    As part of the year of Irish Design, 2015 and in association with August Craft Month with Craft Northern Ireland, the Lyric has been chosen to host the Irish Design Capsule in our cafe bar.
  • 21 July 2015
    The cast has been announced today for our new production of Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel. This new production, which marks the 25th anniversary of the play's premiere in Dublin, is directed by award-winning Annabelle Comyn.