The Lyric, constructed in 1888, was the second theatre to be built on the new Shaftesbury Avenue near Picadilly Circus in London’s West End. The Renaissance style facade is constructed of red brick and Portland stone. Portland stone is mostly limestone, and is from the Isle of Portland quarry, Dorset, England. The architect for the theatre was C. J. Phipps and Stephens and Bastow constructed the theatre for producer Henry J. Leslie. It is the oldest theatre on the street still surviving.
Cabaret opened at the Lyric in September 2006 just as we arrived. The production closed in 2008, but toured nationally for two years. In total, Cabaret has been produced in London in 1968, 1986, 1993, 2006, and 2012.
The theatre occupies a substantial portion of the block and occupies 4 levels. I love live theatre, and at one point in my life, aspired to act professionally. The person to whom I am married does not share that love, and in fact, when we received front and center tickets to a production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas as a wedding gift, he traded them for the balcony. Needless to say, we did not take in the theatre in London, but I did my best to take a few photographs. Now that I have moved beyond clocks and statues, time for some art!