The Lyric Theatre is a very special old building.
Built as an Independent Chapel in 1746, it has been a Temperance Hall, the Liberal Hall and was the original Electric Palace Cinema. It was listed in 1950 and was used as the Bernard Gale School of Dancing for many years. From ballet to salsa and pantomimes galore, Bernard taught hundreds of pupils in his time here until 2002 when he passed away leaving a great legacy of dance in the town.
The building was left empty for 4 years until we bought it in September 2010; saving the building from property developers whose intention was to turn it into flats.
Upstairs is now an artist's studio and a space for creating puppets and costumes for productions, as well as our office space.
Downstairs is a welcoming café (BearKat), kitchen, toilets and beautiful, flock wall-papered auditorium complete with proscenium-arch stage, a very old grand piano and removeable dance floor for classes.
We are running the theatre as a spontaneous venue for artists to create and showcase their work in. If youre interested in bringing your work to the Lyric or in hiring it, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org but have a read of this page first: HIRING.