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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New theatre to be built in heart of West End

Westminster City Council has approved plans for a new theatre to be built in central London. The yet- to-be-named venue will be the first new theatre to join the West End in 30 years.

The project is being undertaken by Nimax Theatres, owners of the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric and Vaudeville Theatres. Nimax have also recently acquired Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Palace Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue.

Chief executive of Nimax, Nica Burns, told the Finical Times about her excitement for the project: ‘I’m delighted that this beautiful theatre has gone on to the next stage of its development. It will add greatly to the potential of London theatre making. I didn’t want it to compete with other theatres. I wanted it to offer a different space for London in a fabulous location for actors and directors.’

The new state-of-the-art theatre venue will be constructed on top of Tottenham Court Road Station, which is currently undergoing redevelopment. Work on the theatre is expected to begin in 2017.

Plans for the interior of the building have also been revealed. The theatre’s design will allow for a variation of performance spaces to be created. There will be facilities for productions to perform in the round and in a horseshoe configuration. The theatre is expected to accommodate up to 500 visitors.