Archive - 2011

The Little Prince dress rehearsal

And so we rode on the stars, following the Little Prince and a pilot on their epic journey looking for friendship and the meaning of life. As the Little Prince looks for something to match his lost love the pilot seeks fulfilment.

Song from Lyric musical on soundcloud

We are very excited that a song from The Little Prince has been uploaded to soundcloud. Check out "Welcome to B-612" written by Nicholas Lloyd Webber and James D.Reid.

Nathalie Carrington from The Little Prince cast on Le Petit prince

My mum spent most of her early life in France so I grew up in a bilingual household. When I was four my mum read The Little Prince to me in French. I absolutely loved it!

Public Art Commission - Call for Submissions

The Lyric Theatre in Belfast invites visual artists working in all genres to submit proposals for a permanent outdoor artwork to mark and celebrate the recent opening of our new world-class theatre.

Northern Bank Freedom Experience Scholarships

Calling all students. The Lyric Theatre is delighted to be part of Northern Bank Freedom Experience Scholarship. 2 out of the 20 bursary recipients will be offered an internship at the Lyric.

Perfect prescription for arts and business partnership

Local firm Clear Pharmacy is the first corporate sponsor of the new Lyric Theatre, supporting the production of The Painkiller starring Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon.

Artistic Director Richard Croxford on The Painkiller

When opening our beautiful new building in May of this year we promised an exciting programme of world class theatre and our production of The Painkiller certainly fits the bill.  As one of the leading cultural organisations of Northern Ireland, it is only fitting that we are bringing such a distinguished cast and creative team to work on this project.

Critics rave about Blackbird

Prime Cut's production of Blackbird, which runs in the Lyric Studio until 18 September, has been receiving rave press reviews and astounding audience reactions since it opened on 10 September.

Abbey Theatre brings award-winning play B for Baby to the Lyric

The Abbey Theatre, Ireland's national theatre, is delighted to announce the nationwide tour of Carmel Winters' much applauded production of B For Baby, from August to November of this year. The Lyric Theatre in Belfast is one of the first stops for the tour, where it will run for six performances only.

Mowgli and the Royal Python

Tony Hasnath, who plays Mowgli in the current production of The Jungle book met Samantha the Royal Python at Belfast Zoo yesterday. Visit to check out the photos. For more information about Belfast Zoo visit or

First day of rehearsals

Alice O'Connell is resuming her role of Dotty in Owen McCafferty's play The Absence of Women which opens at the theatre on 20 August before touring to Perth in Scotland the Tricycle in London. Here's her diary from day one in the rehearsal room.

Lyric Lead enjoys monkeying around in The Jungle Book

Lorraine Lauder, Service Manager at Northern Bank Limited watched the final dress rehearsal of The Jungle Book on 19 July.

Arts and Business

Partnership between Commerce and Culture was discussed at the recent Arts & Business In Camera in Stormont, with the both the Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Investment, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure and senior business and cultural leaders including the Lyric's Chief Executive Ciaran McAuley.

Southbank Player participates in RSC Skills Exchange workshop

As a keen amateur actor and member of the Southbank Players I was really excited to take part in the RSC Open Stages performance workshops at the Lyric on Saturday 2 July.

Belfast Docker meets Lyric Dockers

John Campbell, a writer, poet and former Docker attended the performance of Martin Lynch's Dockers on Tuesday 28 June along with his granddaughter Louise.

First day of rehearsals for The Jungle Book

I arrived at The Lyric at 9.30am for the first read-through of The Jungle Book. I was shown into the cafe where the other Northern Bank Lyric Leads, the cast and crew were starting to gather for coffee and pastries. I thought this was a great way for everyone to meet in a relaxed setting.

Artist Colin Davidson collaborates with Lyric Theatre

The Belfast-born artist, Colin Davidson has been collaborating with the Lyric Theatre, producing a series of large-scale portraits, to be exhibited in the theatre on an ongoing basis.

Lloyds TSB Foundation

The Lyric was presented with a cheque for £4,000 towards their work with people of all ages in the Belfast area.

Drama Teacher's Association Launch

The new Lyric Theatre was the venue for the launch of the exciting new association to support drama teachers across Northern Ireland. There are already over 80 members from all sectors of education.

Northern Bank Lyric Leads meet the cast at The Crucible reading

I was one of the lucky four Lyric Leads to be picked to go to the very first read-through of the Crucible at the Lyric -how lucky was I. What better way to spend a Monday morning. We met many of those involved in the Lyric, including the lively and engaging Roma Tomelty, who told us many stories of the old Lyric.

Northern Bank's team of Lyric Lead events

Lyric Theatre recently announced a five year partnership with Northern Bank. Northern Bank employees throughout Northern Ireland are fully involved in this partnership through the Northern Bank Lyric Leads programme. This programme allows staff with a love of the theatre to meet the cast and crew of the diverse upcoming productions, preview rehearsals and write reviews, giving them the necessary knowledge and inspiring their enthusiasm to promote this exciting venue to their colleagues and customers alike, both in the workplace and in the wider community.

RSC Open Stages

Ian Wainright (RSC Open Stages) met with several amateur companies on Monday 7th March in Belfast to outline plans for Open Stages over the next year and a half. As one of 10 regional theatre's the Lyric will be offering skills exchange workshops during the week of the 27th June and RSC facilitators will join us that weekend to offer specialised training in voice, movement and direction.

Royal Shakespeare Company Open Stages

The Lyric's Creative Learning Co-ordinator Carol Moore recently paid a visit to the Royal Shakespeare Company. "Just recently I was thrilled to be invited to Stratford-upon-Avon and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, to discuss the detail of how regional theatres like the Lyric will partner with the RSC in the UK's biggest amateur theatre project."

Show your love for the arts

The Fair Deal for the Arts campaign is urging the Executive to reconsider the proposed 23 per cent cut - some £4.2 million - in arts funding in the new draft budget. The campaign highlights that these proposed cuts are disproportionately high compared with other sectors and will impact directly on arts jobs and creativity. Campaigners are urging all art lovers to write to the Executive to express their support for the protection of arts funding here.

In the name of love...

Treat someone you love to a very unique gift this Valentine's Day...Name a seat in main auditorium of the new theatre. Here are two reasons why some seats have been named in the name of love...

Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon cast in opening season

Kenneth Branagh and Rob Brydon are to star together in the reopening season in new comedy The Painkiller. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Monday 24 January.

Conor O'Malley visits Lyric site

Conor O'Malley, son of the Mary O'Malley who founded the Lyric Theatre paid a visit to the site of the new theatre on Ridgeway Street on 20 January 2011. Read Conor's blog about the new theatre.