As the only full-time producing theatre in Northern Ireland, the Lyric makes a unique and vital contribution to the community. Its mission is to produce high-quality professional theatre that is alive to the complex cultural experience and diverse traditions of the community, and to use the unique power of live theatre to empower, inspire, engage and educate.After an extensive capital build project the Lyric Theatre is almost three times the size of the old theatre, the theatre has three distinct areas. The 389 seat Northern Bank Stage is the main performance area, providing an extra 85 seats in a single steep rake. The intimacy of the old theatre remains as the body of the audience is not broken by balconies or barriers ensuring actors and audience share the same space. A second performance studio accommodates between 110 and 172 people, can be adapted to suit any performance style and will explore experimental work as well as reimagining classic plays and developing the skills of local artists. The third space is a rehearsal room the same size as the main auditorium stage.Other facilities include an education suite, dressing rooms, board room, cafe/bar and river terrace, and a range of corporate entertaining suites overlooking the Lagan and Botanic Gardens.
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