Here's how you can help the Lyric survive the COVID-19 closure and continue to produce work in the heart of the local community.
Here’s how you can help the Lyric survive the COVID-19 closure and continue to produce work in the heart of the local community.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been closed to the public since Monday 16 March 2020 following the government announcement of the initial lockdown. The impact of the pandemic on all theatres is huge and the landscape remains uncertain but we are passionate about reopening as soon as we can do so safely in line with government restrictions.
Throughout our closure we have looked for ways to support our community during these difficult times.
We worked with local schools to produce digital educational creative projects including a playwriting course for the children of keyworkers, our building has been a host for the local food bank and reopening for local drama courses.
We have had to make some very difficult decisions to ensure that the Lyric has a long-term future as the creative heart of Hammersmith including a redundancy consultation and keeping the building closed while we navigated the Covid-19 landscape to survive.
During closure we have lost over 75% of our income just as many in our industry have and understand that theatres and venues are the most effected by the necessary social distancing precautions. Although we are incredibly grateful for the emergency public funding we have received, it covers less than 20% of the income we require for our work – both on and off stage.
We are a charity and the loss of all income from ticket sales, classes, our bar, restaurant, hires and other activities has been a huge financial shock for us. Since March we have been so grateful to have raised over £100,000 through community fundraising and donations. Our past and present audiences, students, visitors and neighbours have answered our #SaveTheLyric pleas. So we will be reopening in 2021 but our fundraising needs will continue to.
The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre has been at the heart of the theatre industry and our community since 1895. Now is the time for us all to support each other to survive Covid-19 and build back better.
The Lyric Recovery Fund will support the rebuilding of our artistic, educational and community programmes once Covid-19 restrictions are eased and we can reopen to all our audiences, participants and public.
If you would like to support us at this time the best way is to donate here. Thank you.