A special gala night held earlier this month (3 February) at the Lyric Hammersmith raised over £100,000 towards the venue's £16.5million capital development project.

Guests were invited to a champagne reception and dinner, gala performance and auction led by Lord Harry Dalmeny of Sotheby’s, and the amount raised makes it the most successful single fundraising event held by the Lyric.

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Participants in the gala on stage at the Lyric Hammersmith

Guests included Janet Ellis, Andy Nyman, Kevin McGrath, Joanna Lumley, Simon Stephens, Mary Nightingale and Henry Lloyd Hughes, whilst performers at the gala performance included Denise Gough, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Mel Giedroyc, Dean Atta, Steven Webb and Simon Russell Beale who appeared alongside members of the Lyric Voices, Lyric Young Company and performed original material by the Lyric’s Writers’ Programme.

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Joanna Lumley addresses auction guests

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Sophie Ellis Bextor and Lyric Voices

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Denise Gough and Dean Atta at Lyric Hammersmith

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Lord Harry Dalmeny conducts the auction

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Simon Russell Beale and the 'Morning' cast

- All photos by David Tett