Lyric shows off plans at open day

lyric theatreThe Lyric Theatre will invite public opinion on its new building extension plans during an open day for Hammersmith residents and businesses. The King Street venue will show its plans for a £15million learning centre at the western side of the theatre during the consultation event on July 31.

Executive director Jessica Hepburn said: “We would love as many people as possible to come along. We’re inviting everyone who lives or works in Hammersmith and Fulham to come and talk to us at this very early stage of the project.”

The Lyric has already attracted £3million from the Department of Children, Schools and Families towards the new learning centre, which will offer a new Creative and Media Diploma to 14 to 19-year-olds and other qualifications including a Creative Apprenticeship.

The building extension is due to be finished by the end of 2011 and is likely to include a 60-seat cinema for filmmaking students, four large rehearsal studios, a computer suite, artists’ greenroom and several smaller rehearsal rooms.

“The open day is an opportunity for people to tell us what they like in the plans, or what they think we’re missing,” Jessica said. “We’re also asking people what activities they would like to see in the new building. It’s primarily targeted at young people, but we hope the wider community will use it as well.”

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