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Lyric Theatre

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Address: 55 Ridgeway Street | Stranmillis, Belfast BT9 5FB, Northern Ireland
Phone Number: +44 28 9038 1081
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9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
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The Lyric Theatre is Northern Ireland's full-time producing theatre. The...

The Lyric Theatre is Northern Ireland's full-time producing theatre. The new theatre opened in May 2011 to great critical acclaim. The award winning building is built in traditional Belfast red brick, glass and iroko wood and the cafe bar offer beautiful views over the River Lagan and Stranmillis Embankment.The theatre is open seven days a week with performances usually running in the evenings from Tuesday through to Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sundays. Contact our box office for more details or check online under "What's On". Our cafe serves coffee/tea and light lunches and is open every day. A brunch menu is available on Sunday mornings.As well theatrical productions, we also offer backstage tours, a programme of theatre school and professional learning and corporate hospitality. Pre-theatre dining is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Free Wifi is availble

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Terrific theatre, strange drinks licence!

We visited 16 July for the matinee of Observe the Sons of Ulster, which was first class, very strong performances and imaginatively and movingly staged. We decided to come early... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Drumcovitt
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Co Down, N Ireland
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Co Down, N Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited 16 July for the matinee of Observe the Sons of Ulster, which was first class, very strong performances and imaginatively and movingly staged. We decided to come early for lunch and were bemused to find that at 12.40 we could not have wine with lunch because of the theatre licence which means alcohol can't be served until an... More 

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Saintfield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Frank McGuinness, the writer, captures the mood of part of a Community, 100 years ago, who went to War with no understanding of what was in front of them. A very powerful play, funny in parts, sad in other parts, but every conversation and action kept you transfixed. A great performance by the Cast, and deserving of the Standing Ovation... More 

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Lyric_Theatre, Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback on Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. It's a powerful play and this production really does it justice. We hope you'll consider coming back again soon for some of our other productions - perhaps St Joan by George Bearnard Shaw? More 

Dromore, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here on New Years for the show- little red riding hood and it was fantastic! Theatre was great, cafe was lovely. Prices so reasonable. Will be back :)

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Lyric_Theatre, Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your review. Audiences (adults and children alike) loved Little Red Riding Hood and we're still humming the tunes! We really do hope you'll come back again, perhaps to see year's Christmas family production of The Gingerbread Mix-up. More 

Swansea, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to see this play whilst on s business trip. The theatre is small and quite intimate so suited to this okay which is very powerful. Nice to be able to preorder drinks and have them set out to collect, nice venue, comfy seats and welcoming staff

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Thank JAMcKimm
Lyric_Theatre, Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and for choosing to take time out of your business trip to visit the Lyric. You chose a great play to see while you were over. Audiences have been responding really well to the production. Thank you also for your kind words about the interval drinks and our staff. The tem take great pride in looking... More 

Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

quality production i saw smiley and very much enjoyed it apart from the very large shouting like graham norton on steroids. the staff were delightful, a very comfortable theatre with superb bar area overlooking the river. what a pity there is no river taxi. it is cheaper for me to fly to belfast from england and go to the theatre... More 

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Lyric_Theatre, Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for your review and your creative suggestion for a river taxi to drop audiences off right outside the theatre. We'd love to see it become a reality! It's also interesting to read your observation that it's cheaper to fly from England to see one of our shows than to go to the West End. I also think we can... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

Just seen smiley. Typical northern irish humour. Seen and heard it all before. Didn't stop it being entertaining with some new twists on an old theme. Having said that, it's a great place to sit and have a beer over the lagan in good company. And at £13 per ticket it's a cheap night our.

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Lyric_Theatre, Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for leaving such a lovely review of the theatre. We're pleased you enjoyed Smiley and took time to enjoy some of our locally crafted beers. We agree, at £13, it's great value for money. If you're thinking of coming back, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter and you'll receive notice of our early booking discounts with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Stopped in on a rainy day to see a typically Irish show. Nice venue and a good way to spend a couple of hours. Slightly out of the way from the city centre.

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Lyric_Theatre, General Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thanks for taking time to leave a review of the theatre. We agree - it's a great way to spend a few hours, wet or dry! Hopefully you had some time to enjoy the cafe bar before or after the show. We appreciate that we're outside of the City Centre but believe the location with the stunning views over the... More 

Enniskillen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016 via mobile

The lyric theatre is a small intimate venue which has a great variety of plays and shows. The Sunday afternoon matinee is a great time to visit. Bar and coffee shop are good too.

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Lyric_Theatre, General Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Hi Henry, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review of the Lyric. We're really pleased you enjoyed the experience of a Sunday matinee at the theatre. We started staging Sunday matinees back in 2011 when the new theatre opened and they've proved really popular with our audiences. Our Sunday brunch service means you can really make a day... More 

Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

This is a lovely theatre and comfortable seats with good view of the stage wherever you sit. We went for lunch however to see what it was like. It was very poor. The quality of food was bad. It really needs to be improved as it's a big let down for such a nice place.

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Lyric_Theatre, General Manager at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to submit your review. We're really disappointed to learn that your lunch was poor. It's certainly not what we are used to hearing, nor is it the standard of service we seek to deliver. We are always keen to learn from our mistakes and it would be useful to us to be able to establish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

I had not been to the Lyric since the renovation but took my mother to see Here Comes The Night earlier this week. It is a modern well finished building, overlooking the river Lagan. There is a well designed bar/cafe area and some thought has clearly gone into the seating area. The drinks are expensive but no more so than... More 

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Lyric_Theatre, Chief Operating Officer at Lyric Theatre, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review. I note your comments about the steps and, as you suggest, there is little we are able to do given the site on which the theatre is built. We have an elevator to all floors, ensuring that anyone with mobility difficulties can easily access the entire building. If you are returning please speak to... More 

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