This Christmas the Lyric Theatre is packed with a range of festive shows suitable for everyone. From families, fun nights out and even Christmas work parties with a difference.    Enjoy a magical family treat with “Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age” from  26 Nov-31 Dec and a brand new festive comedy from Lyric Christmas favourites Grimes and McKee in Grimes and McKee’s Christmas Album from 5 Dec-30 Dec, hosted on the Main Stage.

Roll up! Roll up! The creative team behind the Lyric’s hit shows “Alice the Musical” and “Peter Pan the Musical” return with a brand new version of the greatest magical adventure of all time; “Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age” by Paul Boyd.  This all-new musical re-imagining of Carlo Collodi’s classic tells the tale of a real live wooden boy on an incredible journey to find his true family. Featuring a spectacular circus company of sensational musicians and unforgettable characters, including the amazing conjuror Mr. Fox, the world-famous acrobat Lady Cat, and prima donna opera star the Red Lobster.  Evil circus owner Swallowfire promises you’ll have a whale of a time, and where one little wooden boy believes that anything is possible, unless his nose leads him into trouble.

From the comedy genius behind your favourite Christmas shows, What The Donkey Saw, Bah! Humbug, Driving Home for Christmas and many more, comes a brand new Christmas comedy from the not-at-all brand new Grimes and McKee – Grimes and McKee’s Christmas Album. Join the festive favourites on selected dates from the 5 Dec – 30 Dec. It’s guaranteed to be a sell-out so book now to avoid disappointment.

The Lyric is the gift that keeps on giving this Christmas.  They are also delighted to announce, The Travelling Punk Rock Theatre of Varieties Pigeon and Plum’s Vaudeville Circus from 2-18 December. The Naughton studio will be transformed into an opulent Victorian music hall with a contemporary punk rock twist.  Come submerge yourself into the decadent beer halls of old Berlin and join 12 extraordinary acts in this evening of circus cabaret.

Looking forward to the return of Christmas to Lyric Theatre Jimmy Fay, Executive Producer Lyric Theatre, said:

 “This will be a very special Christmas at the Lyric. Having missed last year’s live Christmas shows due to impact of the pandemic, we are delighted to return with a variety of amazing live theatre. Families are in for a magical treat with the brand new musical “Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age” from Paul Boyd. Firm Christmas comedy favourites Grimes and McKee are back with a brand new comedy Grimes and McKee’s Christmas Album which will entertain us all, and we are delighted to welcome Pigeon and Plum’s Vaudeville Circus to the Naughton Studio.”

Jimmy added: “The safety of our patrons and staff continues to be very important to us. With this in mind, we have socially distanced performances available as well as Covid status checks on arrival.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their invaluable support and on behalf of everyone at the Lyric we wish you all a very, Merry Christmas.”

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added: “The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to see the Lyric Theatre back with not one but three Christmas shows, with something to suit all tastes and ages.  It’s been a long time since we’ve been all able to gather together and enjoy the magic of a live festive show so this Christmas at the Lyric Theatre promises to be very special indeed!”

Tickets for “Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age” from £12, Grimes and McKee’s Christmas Album from £12 and Pigeon and Plum’s Vaudeville Circus from £18, are available to book now on www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.  Follow the Lyric on Twitter and Instagram @LyricBelfast and Facebook @LyricTheatreBelfast.

Visit the website for details of socially distanced shows for “Pinocchio The Greatest Wonder of the Age”and Covid status checks for ticket holders over 18.

The Lyric Theatre is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding and Belfast City Council.

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