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The Arts Council Playography Na Gaeilge


Lyric Theatre


  • Description

    The Lyric Theatre began an exciting new chapter in its history on 1 May 2011 when it opened its stunning new building on the leafy banks of the River Lagan in south Belfast. The £18.1m state-of-the-art theatre is not only a magnificent addition to Northern Ireland’s cultural landscape but a breath-taking symbol of a new city emerging confidently from its troubled past.

    Almost three times the size of the old theatre, the new building is 5,026 metres square or 54,164 square feet, and has three distinct areas:

    • The 389 seat auditorium, the Danske Bank Stage, is the main performance area, providing an extra 90 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, the Naughton Studio, accommodates between 110 and 150 people, can be adapted to suit any performance style and is primarily used for receiving work. • The third space is a rehearsal room the same size as the main auditorium stage. • The Café Bar has stunning views over the River Lagan and is open seven days a week for lunch, Sunday brunch and snacks throughout the day.

    As the cradle of drama in Northern Ireland which has nurtured the careers of the theatre’s esteemed Patron, Liam Neeson, and fellow Hollywood heavyweight, Ciaran Hinds, the Lyric has a thriving creative learning department providing opportunities for young people to learn a range of theatre crafts.

    Producing high quality professional theatre is the Lyric’s core business and this distinguishes it from every other theatre venue in the region. It employs local and visiting practitioners to create artistic product that is unique to Northern Ireland.

  • Address

    55 Ridgeway Street, Stranmillis,Belfast BT9 5FB,Co. Antrim






    + 44 (0)28 9038 5685

    Executive Producer

    Jimmy Fay

    Technical Manager

    Keith Ginty

    Literary Manager

    Rebecca Mairs

    Head of Marketing and Communications

    Simon Goldrick

    Operations Executive

    Ciaran McAuley

    Creative Learning Co-ordinator

    Philip Crawford

New Irish Plays Produced By Lyric Theatre

Play Title Playwright
1974 Damian Gorman
A Christmas Carol John Boyd Charles Dickens
An adaptation of the original novella by Charles Dickens.
A Touch of Class Leon Rubin Martine Garbacz Molière
Translated by Martine Garbacz, adapted by Leon Rubin from 'Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme' by Molière.
A Very Weird Manor Marie Jones (1)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Paul Boyd (2) Lewis Carroll
A musical adaptation of the original book by Lewis Carroll.
Can't Forget About You David Ireland
Castles in the Air Martin Lynch
Based on the community play 'A Roof Under Our Heads' (not listed) by the same author.
Charlie Gorilla John McClelland
Culture Vultures Robin Glendinning
Loosely based on a radio play and a short story by the same author.
Dark Rosaleen Vincent Mahon
Death of a Comedian Owen McCafferty
Demented Gary Mitchell
Dockers Martin Lynch
Drive On! Bill Morrison
Európé Dominic Behan
Facing North John Boyd
Galloping Buck Jones Ken Bourke
Getting the Picture David Pownall
Ghosts Conall Morrison Henrik Ibsen
A version of Ibsen's original.
Guests John Boyd
Happy as Larry Donagh MacDonagh
Here Comes The Night Rosemary Jenkinson
Heritage Tommy McArdle Eugene McCabe
Adapted by Tommy McArdle from two television plays, 'Cancer' and 'Heritage', by Eugene McCabe.
How Many Miles to Babylon? Jennifer Johnston
An adaptation of her original novel of the same name.
Indian Summer Jennifer Johnston
Iph... Colin Teevan Euripides
After 'Iphigeneia in Aulis' by Euripides.
It Would Be Funny... Tom Coffey
Kingdom Come Stewart Parker
La Chunga David Johnston (1) Mario Vargas Llosa
A version of the original play by Mario Vargas Llosa.
Lá Fhéile Míchíl Eoghan Ó Tuairisc
Lengthening Shadows Graham Reid
Love, Billy Graham Reid
Marching On Gary Mitchell
McCool XXL Paul Boyd (2)
Merry Christmas Betty Ford Conor Mitchell
Minstrel Boys Martin Lynch
Mistletoe & Crime Marie Jones (1)
Molly Wobbly's T*t Factory Paul Boyd (2)
My Silver Bird Patrick Galvin
The original programme credits My Silver Bird as an entertainment devised by Mary O'Malley. Patrick Galvin is credited with Play and Lyrics.
Nightfall to Belfast Patrick Galvin
Northern Star Stewart Parker
Old Days Frank Dunne
Paradise Alan McKee Conor Grimes Padraig Coyle
Based on the book 'Paradise Lost and Found' by Padraig Coyle.
Pictures of Tomorrow Martin Lynch
Pygmies in the Ruins Ron Hutchinson
Remembrance Graham Reid
Rough Beginnings Robert Ellison
Round the Big Clock John Boyd
Smiley Gary Mitchell
Speranza's Boy John Boyd
Summer Class John Boyd
Tea in a China Cup Christina Reid
Tearing the Loom Gary Mitchell
The Absence of Women Owen McCafferty
The Belle of the Belfast City Christina Reid
The Butterfly of Killybegs Brian Foster
The Civilisation Game Tim Loane
The Desert Lullaby Jennifer Johnston
The Farm John Boyd
The Flats (Belfast 1971) John Boyd
The House of Bernarda Alba Frank McGuinness Federico García Lorca
A version of the original play by Federico Garcia Lorca.
The Hypochondriact David Johnston (1) Molière
Adapted from 'La Malade Imaginaire' by Molière.
The Interrogation of Ambrose Fogarty Martin Lynch
The Lads Joe O'Donnell
The Last Burning Patrick Galvin
The Man Jesus Matthew Hurt
The Miser David Johnston (1) Molière
The Nest Conor McPherson Franz Xaver Kroetz
The Painkiller Sean Foley Francis Veber

A new adaptation of Veber's 1971 farce 'Le Contrat' (1971)

The Private Picture Show Owen McCafferty
The Rise and Fall of Barney Kerrigan Frank Dunne
The Second Life Of Tatenberg Camp Joseph Long Armand Gatti
A translation of the play 'La Deuxième Existence du Camp de Tatenberg' by Armand Gatti.
The Snow Queen Richard Croxford
Adapted from the fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen
The Street John Boyd
This Sh*t Happens All the Time Amanda Verlaque
Three Sisters Lucy Caldwell Anton Chekhov
Adapted from a literal translation by Helen Rappaport.
To Be Sure Tim Loane
To Hell With Faust Zoë Seaton
Victims Eugene McCabe
Adapted from the original television drama by the same author.
We Do It For Love Patrick Galvin
White Star of the North Rosemary Jenkinson
Wuthering Heights John Boyd Emily Brontë
A dramatisation of the original novel by Emily Brontë.
Yeats in Limbo Sam McCready William Butler Yeats