Anna Lo said: “The Lyric is one of Northern Ireland’s best assets. The support and respect it has was demonstrated by the number of well known names in the arts sector who backed the funding campaign for the new building.
“It is not just a stage for established actors to continue their careers but it has also been important in helping new talent reach their potential.
“I hope that in this new impressive building we will discover the next big name.
“I would like to congratulate everyone involved in the construction process and in the funding campaign for a marvellous job. The new Lyric theatre will stand as a testament to the importance of the arts sector in Northern Ireland.”