The Lyric’s first birthday

It’s hard to believe its been a year, but The Lyric theatre is celebrating its first anniversary season with some great new productions including Tim Loane’s new comedy thriller The Civilisation Game, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and William Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

After a recent tour of the theatre I discovered a lot of information about The Lyric Theatre which I just didn’t know, firstly that it’s a registered charity and also that it’s Northern Ireland’s only full-time producing theatre. It’s also NI’s main employer of professional artists and is viewed as the creative and spiritual home for many talented actors, directors, designers and playwrights.

May is a busy month for the Lyric, and it all kicks off tonight at 8pm with The Third Policeman, narrated by Stephen Rea. I’ve listed 2 other May productions below, hopefully one of them will capture your interest and you’ll head up to the Lyric and help it celebrate it’s one year reopening anniversary.

For more info, why not check out their website at The Lyric Theatre.

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Title: The Civilisation Game
Date/Time: 3 – 26 May; Tues – Sat 7.45pm, Sat / Sun 2.30pm, Thur 24 May 2.30pm Northern Bank Stage
Description: From the creator of Channel 4’s Teachers, Tim Loane brings his new play The Civilisation Game to debut at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. This is a wickedly dark comedy thriller set in suburbia that will stir the imagination of many a would-be armchair judge. A young couple catch a burglar in their house but before they call the police, their new neighbours land in with more entertaining ideas of criminal justice.

Title: Dickens At the Ulster Hall
Date/Time: Tues 8 – Sat 12 May; 8pm, Naughton Studio
Description: In this one-man show, Ulster actor and director Sam McCready plays novelist Charles Dickens. It is 1867 and Belfast is booming. Dickens arrives in the city and prepares for one of his celebrated readings in the recently-built Ulster Hall.

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