Work began on our new Theatre in March 2009 and opened officially on 1 May 2011. The total cost of the project was £18.1 million and brings a state-of-the-art theatre to Belfast for audiences at home and abroad to enjoy.
The architect of the building is O’Donnell & Tuomey. Based in Dublin, they have developed an international reputation for excellence and have received numerous national and international awards.
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Click here to see a 360 degree virtual tour of the Danske Bank Stage
Click here to see a 360 degree virtual tour of the interior of the theatre
Built in a stunning blend of ‘Belfast’ brick, Iroko wood, glass and steel the new theatre will be alive and dramatic at all times. Spacious lobbies and bars overlooking the river with a thriving artistic programme will make the Lyric a thriving social hub and creative learning space.
Almost three times the size of the old theatre, the new building is 5026 m2or 54,164 sq ft and has three distinct areas.
The Danske Bank Stage (area number 1 in diagram above): The 389 seat auditorium is the main performance area, providing an extra 90 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.
The Naughton Studio (area number 4 in diagram above): A second performance studio accommodates between 125 and 170 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 Rehearsal Room (area number 3 in diagram above): The third space is a rehearsal room the same size as the main auditorium stage.
Other facilities include:
- Education Suite
- Green Room
- Dressing Rooms
- Board Room
- Back Stage facilities
- Box office
The new theatre is accessible for people with disabilities.
The new Lyric Theatre on Belfast’s River Lagan opened its doors on 1 May 2011 with a series of special celebratory events. Find out more.