The Lyric Theatre is a playhouse for all.
We are a shared, open, welcoming place to meet and exchange ideas; changing lives through our commitment to creativity and cultural talent.
The beating cultural heart of Northern Ireland for almost 75 years, the Lyric Theatre is the home of world-class theatre, nurturing talent and inspiring the next generation of theatre makers and audiences.
Since 1951, this special place has been a springboard for internationally acclaimed playwrights, poets, directors and actors, the Lyric is the place where Liam Neeson famously learnt his craft, and helping to showcase talent across the world - most recently touring our production of Good Vibrations to the Irish Arts Center New York.
As Northern Ireland’s only full-time theatre to produce its own productions from page to stage, we care deeply about maintaining a high-quality and inclusive programme that captures the imaginations of our audiences. We were recently named UK’s Theatre of the Year 2023 in recognition of the massive impact we make off our stages, doing things most of us don’t ever see - supporting hundreds of writers to develop their work; directly engaging with tens of thousands of children and young people every year in communities and schools; creating pathways to employment; and nurturing and training young actors through our Drama Studio.
We are a shared civic space for artists and audiences alike; a creative hub for theatre-making, nurturing talent and promoting the critical role of the arts in society. Our mission is to create, entertain, and inspire.
We are welcoming: The Lyric Theatre is an inclusive and accessible space for all: a creative place to play, learn, question and explore.
We are nurturing: Our goal is to galvanise, and empower artists, whilst nurturing new generations of talent through the Lyric Drama Studio and our Creative Learning and New Writing programmes.
We inspire and entertain: We aim to provide theatre experiences that entertain and inspire; challenging audiences to explore their own and other stories.