Lyric Theatre Belfast

Lyric Theatre Belfast

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The Lyric Theatre, or simply The Lyric, is the principal, full-time producing theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The theatre was first established as The Lyric Players in 1951 at the home of its founders Mary O'Malley and her husband Pearse in Derryvolgie Avenue, off the Malone Road, and moved to its new site on Ridgeway Street in 1968, between the Stranmillis Road and Stranmillis Embankment.

The new Lyric 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 offers beautiful views over the River Lagan and Stranmillis Embankment.

The Lyric Theatre is a playhouse for everyone to enjoy. It’s a creative hub for theatre-making, a safe space for nurturing talent, and embodies an unwavering passion for creating meaningful connections through theatre and the arts. From its modest beginnings in 1968, this special place has been a springboard for internationally acclaimed playwrights, poets and actors. As Northern Ireland’s only full-time theatre to produce its productions from page to stage, it cares deeply about maintaining a high-quality, diverse, and inclusive program that captures the imaginations of our audiences, leaving them changed, charged, and empowered.


Exhibition of Colin Davidson’s

While you are here, you can visit the permanent exhibition of Colin Davidson’s art which is on display at the theatre. Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. It exhibits 3D Paintings, Portrait Paintings, Figure Paintings, Urban Paintings, and Silent Testimony. Since 2010 his focus has been on painting grand-scale portraits, which have won widespread recognition and many international awards.

Great writing is in our bones

The Lyric Theatre is a playhouse for all. It is 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.

Different workshops support creative writing for Irish writers.

For Artists

Every year the Lyric work with hundreds of freelance actors, playwrights, directors, choreographers, stage managers, designers, stage crews, and set-builders (to name just a few). Making theatre and performance is a collaborative endeavour and are delighted to have started making work together again and opening up the Lyric spaces. It includes:

  • Casting
  • Visiting Companies
  • Professional Development
  • New Writing

Nightlife at Lyric

At night, the Lyric comes alive with the bustle and anticipation of theatre, with shows taking place in both theatre spaces on most evenings Tuesday-Saturday and matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

Café bar

The Lyric Café Bar is a vibrant, charming space to enjoy pre-curtain, interval, or post-show drinks. Open seven days a week, with free Wi-Fi and one of the best views in Belfast, Café Bar is ideal for catching up on work, having a meeting, or catching up with friends.

An array of sandwiches and soups from the local fine food store, Ward & Co, freshly baked pastries, and a selection of Bailie’s specialty coffees and teas are available.


From script books to soundtracks, tote bags to t-shirts, the shop has the perfect gift for the theatre-lover.

To view an on-stage play at Lyric is an experience never to be missed. The theatre itself is lovely with a good selection at the bar and a good number of seats. Lovely surroundings with great staff make this place even more wonderful.