A star of the upcoming Harry Potter movies has given his support to help raise funds for south Belfast’s new Lyric Theatre.
Lyric actor and Hollywood heavyweight Ciarán Hinds, who is currently filming the next two Harry Potter movies The Deathly Hallows Parts I and II, has added his support to the Lyric’s fundraising campaign by fronting the ‘Name a Seat’ initiative and dedicating a seat to his parents in the process.
And there is also a seat dedicated to Ciarán, thanks to members of the official Ciarán Hinds fan site who wanted to honour their favourite actor.
Building work is well underway on the Lyric’s new theatre, scheduled to open in spring 2011, but there is still a final £1 million to raise during the construction period to pay for furnishings and equipment.
Ciarán said: “Over the past 40 years, the Lyric Theatre has offered the people of Northern Ireland a continually high standard of professional theatre, from Classic European drama to new Irish writing. The Lyric needs to be a vital force in the regeneration of the province, stimulating, educating and provoking debate. I sincerely hope it receives the support — both financial and moral — that it richly deserves.”
Over 100 seats have been named so far, thanks to donations from theatre-goers, schools, amateur drama companies, arts organisations and from some of our best loved actors and playwrights.