Lyric Theatre Hammersmith

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Service description

We fund The Lyric Theatre to provide a yearly programme of theatre and creative activities for young people including programmes particularly targeted at disadvantaged young people. There are also free first night theatre tickets to people who live or work in H&F and local schools and community groups.

Funded until

31 March 2021 

Annual funding level


In the past year

4087 residents attended performances at the Lyric purchasing 21,786 tickets. 79 volunteers dedicated their time to the service volunteering for a total of 624 hours.

Outcomes/impacts for residents

  • 3020 free first night tickets were issued to local residents
  • 1784 free tickets were given to local schools
  • 5875 young people accessed the programme of events and activities with 34,792 attendances
  • There were 544 performances throughout the year
  • 76 3rd sector groups helped distribute some 838 free tickets to low income families
  • The free ticket offer expanded and has reached 44 unique community groups
  • 1,745 tickets were donated to Year 6 and Year 7 students in the borough to see the pantomime Aladdin

Funding raised

£5,109.118 through external fundraising including trusts, events and donations re-invested into Lyric services, including £1.1m grant from Arts Council England.

Other achievements/future plans for the service

  • The Lyric has won numerous awards including H&F Best Business Award 2016 in recognition of their work and business model and Best Newcomer at the Creative Access Awards recognising their commitment to increasing diversity in its workforce.
  • Lyric joined LBHF in championing the rights of the refugee children in the Calais camp and offered tickets to the Polish community following the racist attack on the Polish centre in Hammersmith
  • The Apprenticeship Scheme goes from strength to strength with an Apprenticeship Hub being launched in 2017
  • The flagship Targeted Work Programme START, for NEET (Not in Education, Employment of Training) young people, celebrated its 10-year anniversary in November with 87% of participants on the programme referred on to employment, education or training following the end of the project
  • 6 START graduates were employed as ushers, while 80% re-engaged in Lyric activity or sought further guidance from the Lyric for at least two years following their involvement
  • First Free Night scheme, a unique initiative which ensures residents have the opportunity to access free tickets for each of the Main House shows, celebrated its twentieth anniversary this year

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