Digital Archive

The archive of the Lyric Theatre is housed at the University of Galway Library. Comprising over eighty boxes of files, the archive contains voluminous correspondence with important literary figures, photographs of productions, annotated prompt-scripts, finance and board records of the Lyric, as well as programmes, posters, and other ephemera from the Lyric’s rich history of over five decades. This exhibition explores the rich archive of the Lyric Theatre which is located at the Hardiman Library, NUI Galway. The archive includes over one hundred and twenty boxes of manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, letters, ephemera, posters, and other records that document the history of the Lyric Theatre, from 1951 through to the 1990s. As the Lyric marks five decades since it moved to its new home at Ridgeway Street, this selection of material traces the growth of the theatre, from its roots as a studio space 1951, in the home of Mary and Pearse O'Malley, to becoming an important arts centre and theatre, from where it grew in its new home in 1968 and where it is still based today.