Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Revealed: How Belfast’s new Lyric Theatre will look

An artist's 'cutaway' impression of the new £18m Lyric Theatre complex
The Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre is to give a sneaky peek into designs for its new building this Friday.

Award-winning architects at |O'Donnell & Tuomey will guide audience members through a presentation of the Lyric's new £18m home, due to open in spring 2011, as well as talking through their design concepts.

The presentation will include computer-generated images, showcasing the two auditoria, backstage and new front of house.

With nearly four times more floor space than the original theatre, the Lyric's new home will consist of a 394-seat main auditorium, 150-seat studio theatre, rehearsal room, extensive riverfront foyers and bar, backstage facilities and office accommodation.

The Lyric's capital fundraising campaign received a massive boost in June this year with the offer of an £500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation in Michigan.

Building is well under way on the Lyric's new home on Ridgeway Street, Belfast, but the company still needs to raise £1.3m for essential fit-out and equipment costs.

If the Lyric can raise £800,000 by a deadline of June next year, it will secure the £500,000 challenge grant from Kresge and finally celebrate completion of its ambitious £18m fundraising target.

The Lyric is appealing for help from the public and the business community to meet this exciting new challenge and complete the fundraising campaign.

“Those who join our appeal now, with donations of any size, will help us claim the Kresge grant and make this fabulous project a reality,” said Angela McCloskey, development director at the theatre.

For further information telephone 028 9038 5676.

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