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Lyric Theatre


Photo of Lyric Theatre

  • Raked floor: Stalls seats divided by two aisles
  • Circle and Gallery have continental seating
  • Full seating capacity: 1,181 comprising: Stalls 466, Circle 274, Gallery 441
  • If small orchestra pit used: 1,143
  • If large orchestra pit used: 1,093
  • 4 wheelchair spaces at circle
  • BB21 and BB22 on gallery level are reserved for house usage


  • Proscenium stage; flat floor with 2 hydraulic forestage lifts for small or large pit / thrust stage
  • Floor surface: painted tempered hardboard over 1" plywood, well-sprung
  • Stage floor loading 7.5kN/m² (765kg//m²)
  • Dance flooring: choice of grey / black marley
  • Proscenium opening variable 12.8m - 18m W x 6m - 9m H
  • Forestage: depth of apron in front of the setting line 2.08m or 4.48m
  • Stage floor 0.9m above auditorium floor

Performing Area

  • 24m W x 16m D x 27m H to Grid
  • Wing spaces: 5m W x 16m D x 8.8m H to ceiling
  • Rear stage: 18m W x 13m D x 8.8m H to ceiling
  • Side stage (at S.L.): 12.8m W x 14m D x 8.8m H to ceiling

Orchestra Pit

  • Small orchestra pit: 15.6m W x 3.5m D x 3.5m H accommodating 30 musicians (38 auditorium seats lost through use)
  • Large orchestra pit: 15.6m W x 6.1m D x 3.5m H accommodating 60 musicians (88 auditorium seats lost through use)

Flying System

  • 63 counterweighted bars, single purchase, with 5 sets convertible motor-assisted bars chosen from down stage to up stage counterweighted bars(CW) (SWL 630kg)
  • 10 motorized bars above performing area (M) (SWL 750kg)
  • Main flying bar lengths 18m, extendable to 22m
  • 3 motorized bars in front of the proscenium arch (FM) (SWL 750kg)
  • 4 double purchase side counterweight bars (SL/SR) (SWL 630kg)
  • 6 side motorized bars (M) (SWL 750kg)
  • Rear stage: 5 motor winch bars (SWL 250kg each)
  • Side stage: 3 hand winch bars (SWL 250kg each)

Permanent attachments:

  • House Curtain on CW7 (drop only), operated by manual or power assisted control
  • Acoustic shell ceiling panels on lines FM5, M2, M6, CW16, CW25, CW34, CW43, CW52

Masking & Soft Hanging:

  • Green velour house curtain
  • 2 sets black full tabs (size: 20m W x 10m H), 2 sets black half tabs (size: 12m W x 10m H)
  • 6 sets black borders (size: 20m W x 5m H), 5 pairs of black legs (size: 5m W x 10m H), all wool serge
  • Flat Gerriets "Opera" cyclorama / projection screen for front and back projection (size: 18m W x 10m H)
  • Black gauze & White gauze (size: 20m W x 10m H)
  • Various black masking flattage
  • Side masking on tracks under fly floor
  • Rear stage masking and wraparound black cyc on tracks

** Get In- (with closure of Loading Bay A)

Lyric Theatre Loading Bay A














** Stage Equipment

  • Various rigging hardware, chain hoist and point hoist units available
  • Cougar XLT 2900 hydraulic lift (max 8.8m H)
  • Instant Tallescope 50524 (max. 7.5m H)
  • Stock rostra available

** Music Equipment:

  • Wenger Tourmaster choir risers: maximum capacity 120 persons
  • Musician chair x 100
  • Illuminated music stand x 60
  • Non-illuminated music stand x 90

** Pianos:

  • Yamaha Baby Grand, Yamaha Upright
  • * Kawai Concert Grand

** Acoustic Shell for Music Concert:

  • Orchestral Concert 18mW x 12mD, Chamber Concert 14mW x 7.5mD



  • Located in room at rear of dress circle (stage right)


  • ETC EOS Titanium( Eos Ti™) with moving light control / effects / netware software options and full backup system
  • 430 dimmers: 8 x 10kW, 92 x 5kW, 330 x 2kW
  • Control patch at switchboard, mains patch individually from Lektriflex multicores at Gallery


  • Front of House:
    • ETC Source Four 750W 10L x 22
    • ETC Source Four 750W 14L x 14
    • ETC Source Four 750W 19L x 30
    • ETC Source Four Zoom 15L - 30L x 10
    • ETC Source Four EDLT 19L x 10
    • ETC Source Four EDLT 26L x 10
    • Robert Juliat 710SX 10/25 2kW x 10
    • Robert Juliat 714SX (15/40) 2kW x 10
  • Stage:
    • ETC Source Four 750W 26L x 30
    • ETC Source Four Zoom 15L - 30L x 20
    • CCT Starlette Fresnel 1kW x 30
    • CCT Starlette Fresnel 2kW x 60
    • Parcan 64 1kW x 50
    • Quartz Orion 1kW G.Row x 12
    • Strand IRIS 4 1kW Cyc. Flood x 8

Follow Spots:

  • Robert Juliat Cyrano 2.5kW HMI x 3

** Extra Luminaires (shared with other venues):

  • Profiles:
    • ETC Source Four 750W 26L x 40
    • ETC Source Four Zoom 25° - 50° x 40
  • Fresnels:
    • CCT Minuette 650W x 10
    • CCT Starlette 1kW x 16
    • CCT Starlette 2kW x 6
    • ADB TVM 5000 5kW x 4
  • * ARRI HMI 2.5kW Fresnel x 2
  • * ARRI HMI 4kW Fresnel x 2
  • Parcan 64 1kW x 16
  • Altman Zip Strip 12 Degree MR16 Borderlight 2'-2" x 4, 6'-4" x 9
  • Thomas Cyc. Flood 4 1kW x 10

** Scenic Projection:

  • Pani BP-2 2kW x 4
  • Pani Effect Motor Unit for Pani BP-2 x 4
  • with 2 x flame wheels, 2 x fleecy cloud wheels, 2 x Stormy cloud wheels, 2 x water wheels
  • * Pani BP-4 Compact 4kW HMI x 2 with Pani AMD-32 auto slide changer x 2

Lighting Positions

  • Front of House:
    • L / R perches x 4
    • Light Bridge x 3
    • Circle front and Gallery front
  • Stage:
    • Wired spot bar x 7
    • Mobile ladder x 8
    • Mobile side light tower x 8

** Smoke Machines

  • Le Maitre MVS Hazer x 2
  • Jem ZR 24/7 Hazer x 2
  • Martin Magnum 2500 Hz x 2
  • Smoke Factory Captain D x 4

** Accessories and Effects

  • Peasouper dry ice machine x 1
  • Aquafog 3300 dry ice machine x 2
  • A range of Lee filters stocked
  • UV lamp x 2
  • Strobe Light x 2

Auxiliary Power Supplies (220V 50Hz)

  • Rear stage 300Amps 3 phase
  • Side stage 300Amps 3 phase



Sound Control

  • Located in room at rear of stalls on centre line. Console may be relocated to rear stalls

House console

  • Avid VENUE D-Show System digital mixing console with 8 Groups, 16 Aux sends, 12x8 Matrix out, 48 analog input, 32 analog output, 24 input fader, 8 output fader

** Signal processing equipment

  • BSS FCS960 equalizers, BSS DPR series comp/ limiters, Lexicon PCM70 reverb unit, XTA GQ600 equalizers, Yamaha SPX990 multi-effect processor

** Playback equipment

  • Marantz PMD331/ 340 CD players, Tascam MD801R Mini-Disc recorders

** Microphones

  • Dynamic:
    • AKG D541E, D90S
    • AUDIX D4, OM6
    • Electro-Voice RE20
    • Sennheiser BF531, e 835-S, MD421, MD422, MD738FE
    • Shure Beta58, SM57, SM58
  • Condenser:
    • AKG CK1, GN30, GN50
    • AUDIX M1250
    • Crown PCC160
    • Neumann KM140, KM184
    • Ramsa WM-S5E
    • Sennheiser BF5032; Shure SM85, SM87

** Wireless Microphones

  • Sennheiser Evolution 500 series with Lavalier or Hand-held microphone

Fixed House PA System

  • Seven d&b audiotechnik Qi1 line array loudspeakers plus two Qi-SUB sub-woofers per side for Main Fill Left & Right
  • Eight d&b audiotechnik T10 line array loudspeakers for Main Centre Array
  • Five d&b audiotechnik 4S full range speakers for Front Fill at Front of Stage
  • Two d&b audiotechnik 10S full range speakers for Upper Gallery Fill hang on Light Bridge 2
  • Two d&b audiotechnik 8S full range speakers for Gallery Side Box Fill hang on Light Bridge 1
  • Six Apogee AFI-2 two-way full range speakers for surround system(Rear) installed at rear of stall, circle and upper gallery
  • BSS Soundweb programmable signal processing system with fixed EQs and system delay units

** Mobile Speakers

  • Apogee ACS-2
  • Bose 402, 32se
  • Duran Audio U-14 self-power loudspeaker
  • Fender SPL-1282, SPL-1285
  • Galaxy Audio GHSVC monitor, GPA5XD140 powered monitor
  • LEM powered loudspeaker SPN6A, T3A, T5A, T5MA, T5SA
  • Martin Audio CXW Stage Monitor
  • Meyer Sound UPM-1P self-power loudspeaker
  • Tannoy Wildcats series (Jaguar, Puma)


  • Stage Manager's desk at Stage Right with talkback system, cue light system, cast call paging system to dressing rooms, CCTV monitor viewing stage and conductor
  • Intercom system available at all control points
  • Wireless intercom system
  • Infrared monitor viewing stage
  • CCTV monitors in all foyers for latecomer

Auxiliary Sound Power Supplies (220V 50Hz)

  • Side stage 32Amps single phase x 2


** Projection Screens

  • Da-Lite Tripod Screen 50" x 50"
  • Cinefold Portable (Front or Rear) 10.5' W x 7' H
  • * EZ Folo portable (Front or Rear) 25' W x 18' H

Surtitle Screen

  • 4.8m W x 1.29m H
  • Throw distance: 22.5m (from Projection Room)
  • Hang in front of First Header(CW1) on request

** Video Projector

  • * Panasonic PT-D5500E DLP Projector (5000 lumens) with:-
    • Wide fixed lens x 1, throw ratio (0.8 : 1)
    • Wide zoom lens x 1,throw ratio (1.8-2.5 : 1)
    • Tele zoom lens x 1, throw ratio (2.5-4 : 1)

** Vision Mixer

  • * Panasonic WJ-AVE55

Other Facilities

** Dressing Rooms (Subject to availability)

  • Accommodating 75 persons total:
  • Dressing Rooms Nos. 1-5 at stage level, Stage Right
  • Dressing Rooms Nos. 10-14 one floor below stage level with staircase access to both sides of stage
  • All equipped with access codes locks and showers
  • DR1 for 3 persons (with toilet)
  • DR2 for 2 persons
  • DR3 for 5 persons (with toilet)
  • DR4 & 5 for 2 persons each
  • DR10 for 13 persons
  • DR11 to 14 for 12 persons each

Artists' facilities

  • Show relay / cast paging
  • CCTV by arrangement
  • Telephones at Company Office & Stage Right corridor
  • Internet access at Company Office (only for general web browsing purpose)
  • Laundry / wardrobe maintenance facilities
  • Toilet on each floor level
  • Temporary quick-change rooms can be created at stage level


Lyric Theatre Seating Plan

Lyric Theatre Seating Plan

Lyric Theatre Hanging Plot

Lyric Theatre Hanging Plot

Lyric Theatre Technical Drawing

Lyric Theatre Technical Drawing
(PDF) / (Autocad drawing)

Lyric Theatre Technical Drawing in 3D

Lyric Theatre Technical Drawing in 3D
(Autocad drawing)

Lyric Theatre FOH Lighting Plan

Lyric Theatre FOH Lighting Plan

Lyric Theatre House PA System Location

Lyric Theatre House PA System Location

Lyric Theatre Dressing Rooms Allocation

Lyric Theatre General Information

Lyric Theatre General Information


The Academy reserves the right to amend or upgrade venue facilities without notice.
* Optional equipment for which an additional daily hire charge will apply.
** These items are shared amongst several venues - their availability for a particular hiring is at the management's sole discretion.