The Lyric Theatre is a C17th Grade II listed building, a beautiful, unique, quirky venue in the centre of Bridport, packed full of atmosphere and history, making it an ideal venue for artists to come and make, and showcase, their work.
Our occasional rather than regular performance programme allows for the space to be dedicated for longer residencies so we won’t usually kick you out at a particular time. We are an artist-led team so we want to support artists as much as possible and therefore we prioritise hires for artists’ work. We offer artists self-contained access to our red-and-gold-flock-wallpapered auditorium hall with stage, heaters, stage lighting and sound facilities. Our recently reinstated windows allow the hall to flood with natural daylight. With a list of nearby digs, The Lyric has been the venue of choice for many brilliant artists and companies in which to rehearse, R&D, set build and try out their work to a discerning audience. These have ranged from a few days to 8 weeks over the summer. Surrounded by the coast and countryside, Bridport provides a breath of fresh air for city artists!
A Grade II listed building built in 1746, The Lyric Theatre is a hotbed of artistic experimentation, offering artists a creation space with opportunities to take risks, make and show work, and for the local community to get involved with high quality participation.
We present a year-round programme of performance work-in-development alongside touring work; we offer artist residencies, rehearsal space and mentoring, plus artist masterclasses for professional and community participants to learn or develop skills, take risks and co-create.