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The Belfast Lyric Theatre

We’re less than a month away from the long awaited re-opening of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. Last Thursday afternoon I had a quick peak at the new complex, designed by O’Donnell and Tuomey. It wasn’t possible to go far into the new building, what with it still being a building site in some places and rehearsals apparently being in progress in the foyer for the re-opening celebrations.

Although I’m guarding some reservations about the quality of the brickwork on some parts of the façade, it is a fantastically sophisticated form – O’Donnell and Tuomey have, as one colleague put it to me, really nailed the problem of negotiating such a large set of volumes into what is basically a residential neighbourhood of small terraced houses. I’m excited for not only the opening of this fantastic new building, but also the exciting programme of shows and events that’s been lined up.

You can see some more photographs from my afternoon look-see over on Flickr.


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