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The John Lyon's Theatre at City Lit

Newly refurbished, the John Lyon’s Theatre is a modern space, available for a wide range of corporate and private events or theatre productions located in the heart of London, between Covent Garden and Holborn. 

The theatre has undergone a major refit and refurbishment allowing us to inspire and showcase the work of our talented students. It now provides up-to-date technology, enhancing the audience experience and creating a versatile space that can be used for theatre, dance, music and lectures. It also provides a state-of-the art venue for our growing programme of events supporting our social agenda, including community events, which we are also able to offer for venue hire.

Audience in the John Lyon's Theatre

 

Venue hire of John Lyon’s Theatre at City Lit

Suitable for seating up to 100 people theatre style or 100 people cabaret style, our multifaceted theatre with retractable seats is the ideal space for product launches, AGMs, company presentations, theatre productions, award ceremonies and lectures. It includes full audio visual options, blackout facilities and a box office. The theatre is available for private hire during the day or evening on a day/half day rate. 

Our on-site caterers can assist with all of your catering needs whatever the occasion, providing the perfect location for your guests to relax and network. 

To make an equiry please complete the details on the enquiry form below.

Venue Hire Enquiry Form 

  

Audience in the John Lyon's Theatre

 

Sponsor a seat in the John Lyon’s Theatre

During the course of our long history, City Lit has become an integral part of creative industries in London and our influence is felt across the globe, through our teaching and the work of our students. Our Performing and Visual Arts students have graced our screens, appeared on stage and can be heard through the airwaves. Key to their experience has been the John Lyon’s Theatre, a studio theatre at the heart of the college. 

Originally built with funds from its name sake, the John Lyon’s Charity, the theatre has undergone a major refit and refurbishment and now provides up-to-date technology, enhancing the audience experience and creating a versatile space that can be used for theatre, dance, music and lectures. 

To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished space, we are pleased to announce our Seat Sponsorship Programme.  By naming a seat in the John Lyon’s Theatre, you will be contributing to the success of City Lit’s students and become an acknowledged supporter of the arts in London along with City Lit Fellows including theatre director Sir Jonathan Miller and actress Gillian Anderson

Sponsoring a seat in the new John Lyon’s Theatre for five years costs £500 and includes your own seat which will carry a plaque with your name or message on it. You will receive exclusive invitations and priority booking to all events held in the John Lyon’s Theatre.

 

Contact Us

To discuss booking the theatre or seat sponsorship please contact johnlyonstheatre@citylit.ac.uk