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2011/12 was one of the most successful years in the Lyric’s history – exceeding all box office targets and welcoming a record number of people through the doors. The year also marked the beginning of an exciting new phase in the Lyric’s life. Building work has now begun on a major £16.5million Capital Project to give the theatre its first major facelift in 30 years and build a two storey extension of new facilities. The project will transform the landscape of Hammersmith and the lives of thousands of young people. A great 2011/12 and even more exciting times ahead.

Sean Holmes Artistic Director

The Future

Jessica Hepburn Executive Director

Saved (2011)

134,863 people enjoyed performances at the Lyric and on tour Nearly 4,000 young people from West London and beyond took part in workshops and activities 2,016 people who live or work in Hammersmith & Fulham attended a show at the Lyric for free as a part of our Free First Night scheme We were awarded the Theatre Awards UK Achievement in Marketing Award for our production of Mogadishu In recognition of our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions by 10% each year we were awarded the Greenest Theatre in London Award We worked with 646 artists, practitioners and industry professionals to deliver our projects with young people and work on stage

A huge thank you to all of the following individuals and organisations who have supported our work on and off stage. We couldn’t do it without you. Anonymous, John and Caroline Armstrong, Arts Council England, Asif Aziz, Michael Baker and Diana Baxter, Laura and John Banes, BBC Children In Need, Big Lottery Fund, Bloomberg, British & Foreign Schools Society, Katie Bradford, Catherine Comerford, Central London Connexions, Cynthia Corbett, Chris and Amanda Curry, The Daisy Trust, Department for Education, Disney, Janet Ellis, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Ernest Cook Trust, Liz Elston Mayhew, Equitable Charitable Trust, The Feeling, Jane and David Fletcher, Roger de Freitas, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Goldsmiths’ Company, Ronald and Anita Gray, Greater London Authority, Charles Gurassa and Sheila Clarke, Hammersmith United Charities, Help a Capital Child, Henry Smith Charity, Home Office Crime Innovation Fund, The Ironmongers’ Company, Jack Petchey Foundation, Ingrid Jacobson, J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust, Jakafraik Properties Ltd, John Lyon’s Charity, Julia Lloyd-Hughes, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, London Development Agency, Lyric Friends, Kate McGrath, McGrath Charitable Trust, The Mercers’ Company, North Fulham New Deal for Communities, Caroline and Jim O’Neill, Sandy and Caroline Orr, Raj and Kim Parkash, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Pearson Plc, Caroline Posnansky, Janet Robb, Sam Griffiths Foundation, NoraLee and Jon Sedmak, SHINE Trust, Mary Strang, Sunset + Vine, SWIPPT and Development Securities, Anastasia and Clive Tulloh, Joe and Barbara Vittoria, Martha and David Winfield and The Wolfson Foundation.



A Kneehigh production.

A Lyric Hammersmith production.

‘Quirky and larky, magical and wild.’ Times

The first London revival of Edward Bond’s seminal masterpiece in over 25 years.

‘A work of deeply unsettling power.’ Evening Standard



A Lyric Hammersmith production.

A Frantic Assembly and Drum Theatre Plymouth in association with Chichester Festival Theatre production.

Pantomime returned to Hammersmith for the 3rd successful year.

‘Larksome … knockabout fun.’

‘Achingly beautiful.’ Independent

Time Out

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM A Lyric Hammersmith and Filter Theatre production. London and Manchester.

‘This marvellously irreverent production of Shakespeare’s great comedy is pure bliss.’ Telegraph

MOGADISHU – ON TOUR A Lyric Hammersmith and Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester production. Liverpool Playhouse Cambridge Arts Theatre Oxford Playhouse Warwick Arts Centre Royal & Derngate, Northampton Eastbourne Devonshire Park Nuffield Theatre, Southampton Northern Stage, Newcastle Lyric Hammersmith



Over four weeks, five companies – curious directive, Les Enfants Terribles, RashDash, tangled feet and nabokov – presented free theatre to the people of Hammersmith.

A co-production between the Lyric Hammersmith, Spymonkey and Peepolykus.

‘The sort of one-off you long for at a festival: a genuine ‘I was there’.’ Guardian

NT Connections


The Lyric was a partner in the NT Connections festival and hosted a youth theatre festival which included performances by Bridge Academy Pupil Referral Unit, Brentford School for Girls, Group 64 Youth Theatre, The Moat School, Ashcroft Technology Academy and our Lyric Young Company.

A six-week training programme, delivered three times a year, for young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) which supports them to re-engage with learning.

Lyric Young Company

Bridge Academy Partnership

West London’s largest youth theatre offering young people the chance to take part in workshops with industry professionals, perform on the Lyric stages and see Lyric shows for just £5.

A special project to support the Bridge Academy Pupil Referral Unit to deliver their Drama GCSE curriculum. They devised, performed and were assessed on their performance of The Grandfathers at the Lyric.


Butterfly Hero

A year-round programme of performances and activities for children under 11 and their families.

Looked After Children Project A ten-week project with Hammersmith and Fulham’s Virtual School for Looked After Children which gave young people an opportunity to develop their creativity and confidence in working as a team to devise a performance for the Lyric’s Studio theatre.

As part of our programme of work with schools we supported St Paul’s CE Primary School to develop a new musical and to enable their pupils to perform in the Lyric’s Studio theatre.

Holiday Tasters A year-round programme of ‘drop in’ taster activities delivered at the Lyric during the school holidays to enable local children and young people to develop their confidence and skills before moving on to become a member of the Lyric Young Company.

A major redevelopment to change the landscape of Hammersmith and the lives of thousands of young people through a two storey extension with new facilities and a major facelift to the existing building.

Total Cost: ÂŁ16.5million

Timetable: Winter 2012 – Spring 2014

Project Team: Architect: Rick Mather Architects Artists: David Batchelor and Richard Wentworth Contractor: Mace Plus Structural Engineer: Pell Frischmann Services Engineer: Mott MacDonald Theatre Consultant: Charcoal Blue Sustainability & BREEAM Consultant: Rickaby Thompson Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates Public Art Consultant: Contemporary Art Society Project Management & Cost Consultant: EC Harris Contractual and Legal Advisor: Ashurt LLP & Farrer and Co

Key Funders: Arts Council England London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham Department for Education Mayor of London

Annual Review 2011/12  
Annual Review 2011/12  

The Lyric's look-back at 2011/12.