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Privacy statement

Privacy Policy

  1. Introduction

The Lyric Hammersmith is committed to continually protecting your personal information. As a data controller for your personal data we will ensure it is used and stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act (1998), the Privacy and Electronic Communication Regulations (2003) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679).

Our Privacy Policy gives you detailed information on when and why we collect your personal information, how we use it and how we keep it secure. It also explains how you can control the data we hold, including how to update your information when it changes.

Any information you provide us with helps us to deliver a more personalised experience and smoother ticket buying process.

You can contact us to discuss any of the details in this Privacy Policy using the details below

By post: Data Protection Officers, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL

By email:

By phone:  020 8741 6822


  1. How We Collect Your Personal Information

Generally, we collect your information when you decide to interact with us. This could include purchasing tickets or memberships from our website for our shows or classes, over the phone or in person or it could be when you sign up to receive emails from us, as well as when you make a donation. We also look at how our audience use our website, so that we can offer the best possible experience whether you’re booking tickets or just trying to find out more about our upcoming shows.

We may also collect information from publicly available sources as part of our fundraising practice. This may include obtaining information from individuals working on our behalf such as our Development Committee and Corporate Advisory Board, or those who use other Lyric services such as hospitality events and hires.

We collect information in a number of ways which are listed below.

  1. When you use your online Lyric account to:
    • Buy tickets for our shows or classes
    • Join as a Lyric Friend or Love the Lyric member
    • Make a donation
    • Update your communication preferences
  1. When you interact with us in person to:
    • Buy tickets for our shows or classes
    • Join as a Lyric Friend or Love the Lyric member
    • Make a donation
    • Attend a fundraising event
    • Sign up to our Young Lyric membership and classes
    • Sign up to our mailing list
    • Provide us with your access requirements
  1. When you contact us via post:
    • Join as a Friend or Love the Lyric member
    • Make a donation such as Naming a Seat
    • Attend a fundraising event
    • Sign up for Young Lyric membership and classes
  1. When you email us with any information relevant to your booking, including:
    • Access requirements
    • Dietary requirements for fundraising events
  1. When you visit our website:
    • Through your IP address given to us by your browser
    • Through cookies – see our Cookie Policy for more information
  2. When you purchase tickets to our shows via a third party
  3. Via Social Media

We may collect some personal data (name, address, phone number, booking details) when you enter competitions or give us booking details for customer support through social media. We also collect and track anonymised data on our social media audiences to better understand the ‘groups’ of people who engage with us online.  We use this to ensure we engage with audiences and groups of people who are new to us.

  1. Via publicly available information such as:
  • Internet search engines
  • Companies House
  • Charity Commission
  • Crediting on Donor Boards
  • Information published in articles / newspapers

We may collect any of this information from a person working on your behalf with your consent such as a personal assistant.


  1. What types of information do we collect and where from?

We only collect information that’s necessary to carry out our business or to deliver our charitable objectives. The more ways you engage with us as an organisation, the more data we will require in order to provide the necessary services required. There are occasions where you can choose not to provide us with the information we require, but this will then impact the service we are able to provide.

The information we may collect from you is as follows:

  • Prefix and full name
  • Gender and/or preferred pronouns
  • Email address
  • Billing address
  • Phone number
  • Date of birth
  • Payment card details – please note we do not save these details and therefore only retain the last four digits of your card in our database. The first six digits also appear in the booking confirmation email
  • Delivery address
  • Bank details for direct debit instructions
  • Access requirements
  • Dietary requirements (for fundraising and press events only)
  • Contact preferences
  • Emergency contact details (for project participants only)
  • Borough and/or school attended (for project participants only)
  • Job information
  • Details specific to a membership including public acknowledgment

This is not an exhaustive list and we may retain different types of information for different individuals based on the service we are providing.

We also keep a record of your interactions with us in our database, such as what shows you have purchased tickets to, when you have had an active membership, any projects you may have participated in or supported and whether you have received, opened or clicked through any emails we may have sent. We look at this booking behaviour for sales and marketing analysis.

We also may collect an automatically populated IP address when you use our website or email service.  This public IP address is a unique number which allows a computer, group of computers or other internet connected device to browse the internet. The log file records the time and date of your visit, the pages that were requested, the referring website (if provided) and your internet browser version. This information is collected to help diagnose and manage the website, to audit the geographical make-up of users, and to establish how they have arrived at the website.

We do use cookies which retain information about your online behaviour, preferences and settings. For more information, please refer to our cookie policy.

Third Parties

We may also obtain your data from third parties, such as organisations with which we enter into a co-production or external ticketing agents.  These organisations should not pass on your data to us without your knowledge and consent. You should check their Privacy Policy when you provide your information to understand fully how they will process and safeguard your data. We will ask for your consent to share personal information with like-minded arts organisations whose shows you will have seen here at the Lyric or in collaboration with us at another venue.

Social Media

Depending on your settings or the privacy policies for social media services like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you may give us permission to access information from those accounts or services, such as your behaviour on these services and across our site.  The majority of this behaviour is anonymised.

Information Available Publicly

We may collect information such as job history, trusteeship, political preferences, locality and philanthropic activities from places such as Companies House, through internet searches, and information that has been published in articles / newspapers.


  1. Why We Collect Your Personal Information and How We Use It

The information we hold on you will be used in a number of ways. Here are the main ones: to provide a service you have requested, offer you a personalized experience and understand our audience’s needs better, inform you of events or updates you’ve asked for or contact you if we need to obtain or provide additional information.

In more detail, we collect your information to:

  • Carry out our business and to provide a service or carry out a contract with you
  • Fulfil ticket, merchandise, donation and membership requests.
  • Invite you to events as per your membership or sponsorship benefits.
  • Process payments. Please note that the Lyric does not store any credit card or other payment information once the transaction has been completed.
  • Provide the best possible customer services and to help us with internal administration.
  • Contact you with important information relating to your booking or purchase, such as confirming your order, reminding you of an upcoming performance you’ve booked for with additional services we offer such as pre-show dining or letting you know about cast changes or building works that may affect your visit.

Where we have your consent to:

  • Send you updates via email about what’s on, ticket or membership offers, and news
  • Email you about a specific topic you’ve requested to hear more on such as specific productions, our community work or opportunities to support our work.
  • Advertise via digital advertising platforms about what’s on, offers and news
  • Share your details with other arts organisations who have co-produced work you may have seen at or in collaboration with the Lyric. These organisations should contact you to let you know how they collected your data and to check that you’re happy to hear from them. You will always be able to opt out of their communications by contacting them directly.

Where we have a legal obligation to:

  • Use CCTV recording equipment in and around our premises for monitoring and security purposes.
  • Detect and reduce fraud and credit risk.

Where we have legitimate interest to:

  • Learn about your interests and preferences so that we can contact you with information that is relevant to you.
  • Help us target our marketing and development communications and adverts so that they’re more relevant to you.
  • Send relevant invitations to events, press night or other fundraising opportunities via post or phone if we believe this would be of interest.
  • Use your pseudonymised details to show you advertising on such Social Media platforms as Facebook and Instagram or via other third party advertising that may appear on other websites you use. The information shared with these platforms is pseudonymised to protect your personal data.
  • Classify our audience into groups or segments, using booking and publicly available information. These segments help us to understand our audience better and ensure we’re sending relevant messages to each group. We may use third party processors to help achieve this. We also submit these anonymously as part of reporting to fundraising and public funding bodies (such as Arts Council England).
  • Participate in the Audience Finder initiative or other initiatives as required by our Arts Council England NPO funding. This initiative builds an aggregate picture of local and national audiences across all Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations. Their tools allow us to understand our audience in a local and national context and helps us to identify new audience opportunities.
  • Measure and understand how our audiences respond to a variety of marketing activity so we can ensure our activity is well targeted, relevant and effective.
  • Analyse and continually improve the services we offer including our artistic output, our website and our other products.
  • Ensure we are maximising our ticket sales wherever possible.
  • Help us run the test version of our website and CRM system that we use internally to pilot new features and ensure the smooth running of our customer services.
  • Enable us to fundraise effectively because we are a charity.

We also collect information in order to better inform our teams about prospective donors, to fulfil our fundraising goals as a charity. This is to ensure we are providing appropriate opportunities for people to support our work, should this form of engagement be of interest.


  1. Who do we share your information with?

The Lyric will never share, sell, rent or trade your personal information to any third parties for marketing purposes. We will ask for your consent to share personal information with like-minded arts organisations whose shows you will have seen here at the Lyric or in collaboration with us at another venue.

Some of our service providers may have access to your data in order to perform services on our behalf – payment processing is a good example of this. We make sure anyone who provides a service for the Lyric enters into an agreement with us and meets our standards for data security. They will not use your data for anything other than the clearly defined purpose relating to the service that they are providing.

Examples of data we may share and/or who we may share it with:

  • Name on card, credit card number, billing address, CVV amount of transaction and order number with Barclaycard Payment Gateway in order to process credit card transactions
  • Name on bank account, bank account number, sort code, amount of direct debit, frequency and customer number with YesPay and/or SagePay in order to process ticket transactions
  • Name and email address with dotmailer in order to produce e-marketing campaigns and pre & post show emails (e-marketing campaigns require consent)
  • Name and postal address with mailing houses who send direct mail on our behalf. They can only use this data to send mailings on behalf of the Lyric and they do not keep the data after they have provided their service to us.
  • Service providers who aggregate data in order for us to do benchmark reporting across the industry, specifically: The Audience Agency for the purposes of the Audience Finder initiative. For more information on the data they collect, please refer to the following links on their website:
  • Purple Seven in order to benchmark our organisation against other subsidised and commercial venues. This allows us to gain a further understanding of our audience’s behaviour and gives us insight into potential new audiences
  • List of major donors to funding bodies (we always respect anonymity where requested)
  • Named third party organisations if you ticked the relevant opt-in box when you purchased tickets. In these instances, we may supply your personal information to that specific organisation only. We will only supply full name and email address in these data shares and only with your consent
  • Other organisations such as competition organisers if you choose to take part in such activities that need administration by third parties and you choose to opt in for contact from those organisations. We will only supply full name and email address in these data shares and only with your consent
  • Third party advertisers (such as Facebook or Google) to help us identify customers similar to our audience or to serve adverts they deem relevant to you on third party websites. The information shared with these advertisers is pseudonymised to protect your personal data.
  • Our ticketing system provider Spektrix who provide support should our ticketing system require maintenance
  • Where required to do so (for example, if required to do so by the ‘know your donor’ principles under charity law or a court order), or when requested by the police or a regulatory or government authority investigating illegal activities

The Lyric is not responsible for the privacy notices and practices of other websites even if accessed using links from and recommends that you check the policy of each website you visit and contact its owner or the Data team if you have any concerns or questions.

Despite all our precautions, no data transmission over the internet is 100% secure. So, we cannot guarantee the security of any information which you disclose to us and so wish to draw your attention to the fact that you do so at your own risk.


  1. How we use your data in relation to Fundraising

We are a registered charity and we rely on charitable support to maintain our ambition of producing the highest quality theatre, alongside nurturing the creativity of young people.

We are committed to fundraising best practice and abide by the Fundraising Regulator’s key principles and behaviours of a fundraising organisation: to be legal, open, honest and respectful. We undertake to comply with relevant law and regulations, including the Proceeds of Crime Act, Data Protection, Tax and Gift Aid legislation and Charity Commission guidance.

Every year, we need to raise approximately one third of our income from fundraising activity including individual donors, charitable trusts, public grants and corporate support to deliver our work.  To do so, we aim to better understand both our audience’s engagement with the Lyric to ascertain any potential interest in supporting us further, and to identify potential future audiences and prospect individual, corporate and trust and foundation supporters through specific research.

We will do this in a number of ways:

6a. Current audiences

We will seek additional information about a small number of our audiences, including booking patterns, individual connections, business network information and publicly available information relating to: residential location, wealth and assets, family (not including information about children unless given personally or made public by the individual concerned), career, donations to other organisations (including political parties where they are made public by the individual), hobbies and interests to create a profile of their interests and preferences.

This helps us understand the background and interests of the people who are currently engaging with our work and may subsequently choose to support us, enabling us to make appropriate invitations and requests for donations to those who may be able and willing to give. We may also use publicly sourced information and images to help identify individuals who attend our special events, and we may send information about upcoming events, workshops, talks and other invitations, if we believe these may be of interest. These could include opportunities to get closer to our work by joining our Love the Lyric supporter’s scheme as well as corporate membership groups or corporate sponsorship, trust and foundation support or other relevant fundraising initiatives.

6b. Current donors

We will continue to contact all individual donors on our Love the Lyric and Friend supporter schemes as per the benefits of their engagement with us with specific fundraising email communications, or email invitations. We will always endeavour to tell them about the aspects of our work that we think are most relevant to their interests, including ways to support our artistic program, our artist training programs and the work in our community.

We ask our Supporters for permission or preference for accreditation in programs, online on the Lyric website and on the Supporters’ Wall in our building.  We respect the rights to anonymity if the donor so requests.  Our aim is to always to ensure our communications to our supporters are personal, relevant and timely, and designed to provide the most rewarding engagement with our work. Our donors tell us that tailored and relevant communication is a priority for them – we consistently review this (through methods such as asking for feedback and occasional telephone campaigns) to try and make sure we’re getting this right.

If you wish to receive fundraising communications via email, we encourage you to sign up to our mailing list and update your opt in preferences. You can also do this by telling our Box Office or Development Teams over the phone via email or in person. You can also log in to your account and update your contact preferences at any time. We respect anyone’s right to withdraw their consent from this form of electronic communication and once informed of a preference change, we will cease this form of contact.

6c.      Prospect research

We will use research from a number of different publicly available sources to identify potential supporters and their interests in addition to those of our current supporters, aiding us in our fundraising activities. This may include newspaper websites and archives, housing market websites and the electoral roll as well as official websites of companies, charities and other arts organisations. In addition to this research we also make use of company, director and shareholder information from publicly available, officially registered information providers.

If we have identified a specific company or trust and foundation through this research that we believe may be interested in supporting our work, we may contact the people specifically connected to these bodies via publicly available contact information, such as a relevant work email address. If we identify an individual, we may contact them via phone or by post.  As a charity, we believe that this in the legitimate interest of our fundraising needs. We will always ensure we conduct an appropriate legitimate interest assessment to ensure that we are not infringing on your rights.

The Development Department monitors potential donations and corporate partnerships for compliance and risk. Final decisions may be escalated to the Board of Trustees. It is our Board’s responsibility to act in the best long-term interest of the Lyric and to act prudently when deciding to accept or refuse voluntary contributions. The Board will refuse a gift if it can reasonably conclude that its acceptance would be more likely to be detrimental to the organisation than its refusal.


  1. How We Protect Your Data

The Lyric is committed to protecting the personal information you entrust to us. We adopt robust and appropriate technologies and policies, so the information we have about you is protected from unauthorized access and improper use e.g. your online account is encrypted and our own network is protected.

As part of the services offered to you through the Lyric website, the personal information you provide may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA). By way of example, this may happen if any of the computer servers used to host the website are located in a country outside of the EEA. If the Lyric transfers your personal information outside of the EEA in this way, we will take steps to ensure that your privacy rights continue to be protected as outlined in this privacy notice.

The Lyric may transfer your data to the USA to organisations such as Facebook, Google or dotmailer. The USA has weaker data protection laws than that of the EEA and therefore we will ensure that only organisations who are a part of the EU privacy shield initiative will handle your personal information. More details on this certification can be found at

We will keep your information only for as long as is reasonably necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy policy and to fulfil our legal obligations. We will not keep more information than we need. The retention period will vary according to the purpose, for example if purchasing a ticket only, we will typically keep your data for up to ten years from the date of your last point of engagement whereas if you have become a supporter of the Lyric, we will hold your details indefinitely. For further information about how long we will keep your information, please contact the Data Team using the contact details outlined in this notice.

If you ask us to stop sending direct marketing communications to you, we will retain the information required (e.g. name, address or email address) to ensure we adhere with such requests.


  1. What are your rights?

You should find it easy to access and amend the personal information that we hold on you, or request that we stop contacting you. It’s your data and we want to make sure you feel in control of it.

Every email we send to you will include details on how to change your communications preferences or unsubscribe from future communications.

If you have an online account with us, you can amend your personal details and email communication preferences at any time. Simply sign in on our website and update your preferences. If you have any concern about the accuracy of your personal data, please let us know. If you would like us to remove the personal information we hold about you, again, please contact us.

You can contact us by phone, email, or by writing to us using our contact details below.

You can request full details of personal information we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1998, or after 25 May 2018, The General Data Protection Regulation, by contacting the Data Team. Please send a description of the information you would like to see, together with proof of your identity using the contact details below.

By post: Data Protection Officer, Lyric Hammersmith, Lyric Square, King Street, London W6 0QL

By email:

By phone: 020 8741 6822

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office –


  1. Updates or Changes to the Privacy Policy

This Policy will be reviewed on a regular basis. It may be updated to take into account changes at the Lyric or to reflect changes to regulation or legislation.

Further information on data protection regulations and laws can be found here: