Archive - 2012
Posted on 27 December 2012
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.
Posted on 13 December 2012
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.
Posted on 06 December 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.
Posted on 03 December 2012
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.
Posted on 28 November 2012
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.
Posted on 22 November 2012
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.
Posted on 14 November 2012
Over 3,000 school-children from across Northern Ireland have been to see Macbeth at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
Posted on 05 November 2012
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.
Posted on 24 October 2012
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.
Posted on 13 October 2012
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.
Posted on 11 October 2012
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.
Posted on 10 October 2012
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.
Posted on 20 September 2012
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.
Posted on 11 September 2012
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.
Posted on 01 September 2012
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.
Posted on 30 August 2012
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".
Posted on 22 August 2012
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.
Posted on 10 August 2012
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.
Posted on 07 August 2012
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.
Posted on 01 August 2012
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.
Posted on 25 July 2012
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.
Posted on 22 July 2012
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.
Posted on 10 July 2012
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.
Posted on 04 July 2012
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.
Posted on 28 June 2012
In a history stretching back more than five decades, the Lyric Theatre Belfast has staged many dramas.
Posted on 22 June 2012
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.
Posted on 19 June 2012
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.
Posted on 15 June 2012
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.
Posted on 08 June 2012
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.
Posted on 31 May 2012
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?
Posted on 22 May 2012
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.
Posted on 17 May 2012
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.
Posted on 14 May 2012
A satirical masterpiece with an elegant set and sophisticated costumes is this summer's treat at the Lyric Theatre Belfast.
Posted on 10 May 2012
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.
Posted on 01 May 2012
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.
Posted on 24 April 2012
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.
Posted on 23 April 2012
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.
Posted on 20 April 2012
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.
Posted on 06 April 2012
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.
Posted on 06 April 2012
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.
Posted on 05 April 2012
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'.
Posted on 12 March 2012
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.
Posted on 07 March 2012
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.
Posted on 06 March 2012
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.
Posted on 05 March 2012
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".
Posted on 27 February 2012
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.
Posted on 30 January 2012
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.
Posted on 05 January 2012
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.