Hammersmith Lyric begins work on training facilities

The Lyric Hammersmith is undergoing a £16.5million redevelopment after six years of raising funds for the project. The renovations will turn the West London venue into the country’s first teaching theatre
by 2014.

A two-storey extension to the existing venue will provide extra rooms to offer educational sessions for students from actors and
directors. In addition, there will also be facilities for dance, drama, wardrobe and prop departments and a TV and film studio.
The Lyric’s executive director Jessica Hepburn said: ‘This is a unique project and the largest cultural development of its kind to take place in West London for decades. We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed their vision and support to the project and we’re delighted to be putting culture and young people at the heart of the regeneration of Hammersmith and Fulham.’

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has donated £3million towards the Lyric’s redevelopment project. Council leader Nicholas Botterill
said: ‘The Lyric is already far more than a theatre and this major regeneration project will not only help to inspire generations of young
people, but also secure this wonderful institution’s place at the heart of the borough’s cultural community for years to come.’

The Lyric’s website has a donation page, where visitors can provide the redeveloped building with much-needed furnishings – everything from a digital camera to a kettle is available to purchase for the
theatre’s new facilities.

For more information about donating to The Lyric, visit www.lyric.co.uk/changing-landscapes-changing-lives/donate.

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