Liverpool is the home of many amazing theatres, producing some of the finest shows and thespians in the country. We therefore thought it was time to take a look at 10 Liverpool theatres you should not miss.
1. Liverpool Empire
The Liverpool Empire is home to the biggest theatrical shows in the city, offering touring musicals, stunning dance shows and excellent musical performances. From Wicked to the Rat Pack, there’s something for everyone every month.
Not only does the Liverpool Empire offering amazing productions, but it also features stunning architecture that will take your breath away. Dating back to 1925, you only have to step inside the theatre to be blown away by the beauty of its interior, which offers striking designs on both the walls and ceiling.
Situated on the corner of Lime Street and London Road, and facing the historic St George’s Hall, you’ll want to visit the theatre every night of the week for an awe-inspiring performance.
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2. The Everyman Theatre
The Everyman Theatre first opened in 1964, offering some of the finest performances the city has ever seen from world respected thespians. Many of the world’s most famous actors started their careers at the Everyman theatre, including Pete Postlethwaite, Julie Walters, Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, Barbara Dickinson, Matthew Kelly, Cathy Tyson and Antony Sher.
Following an incredible redevelopment over a four year period, The Everyman Theatre re-opened in 2014 to critical acclaim, winning the best British building of the year by the Royal Institute of British Architects.
The redevelopment has gave the much-loved theatre a new lease of life, allowing the theatre to continue to offer remarkable moments of theatricality for many years to come for their Liverpool audience. From Macbeth to Rapunzel, The Everyman Theatre is the place to go when hoping to enjoy incredible productions that will linger in your mind for a lifetime.
3. Liverpool Playhouse
The Liverpool Playhouse opened its doors for the first time in 1866 as a music hall, before developing into a repertory theatre in 1911. It wasn’t until 1916 that the theatre’s name was changed from Liverpool Repertory Theatre to the Liverpool Playhouse.
A sister theatre to the Liverpool Everyman, the theatre endeavours to provide Liverpool audiences with imaginative, groundbreaking theatre . The sole aim is to dazzle audiences whilst making them think. In collaboration with the Everyman, the theatre aims to nurture acting and writing talent with their youth programmes, ensuring Liverpool continues to produce the finest thespians and writers from the UK.
4. The Royal Court
The self-proclaimed “friendliest theatre in the city” offers excellent entertainment, as well as pre-show dining and a bar.
If you love fun performances that will make you laugh until your belly hurts or cry until there’s no more tears left inside, the Royal Court Theatre is for you. Dating back to 1826, the Royal Court Liverpool is one of the most historic theatres in the city, and most definitely one of the best.
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5. The Lantern Theatre
The Lantern Theatre is located within a converted warehouse near Liverpool One. Featuring 85 seats and a fully licensed bar, you can catch a brilliant performance from a touring theatre company, comedian, musician or local community groups. The theatre opened in 2009, and has since provided shows to complement different tastes and ages.
6. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
The Liverpool Philharmonic isn’t technically a theatre, but it does offer an amazing auditorium and incredible performances year after year. The Grade II listed building provides the oldest surviving symphony orchestra, and is the second-oldest concert-giving organisation in the UK. The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall hosts 60 concerts every year, as well as many of the city’s finest festivals, including the Liverpool Comedy Festival, Liverpool Irish Festival and the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival.
7. The Capstone Theatre
The Capstone Theatre has staged concerts from national and international artists and musicians, such as The Smith Quartet, Martin Simpson, The Necks, Portico Quartet, Jon Hopkins and Jim Moray.
The theatre also celebrates local musicians, plays, dance performances and film screenings, and has close links with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra to support their talented music department.
8. Unity Theatre
The Unity Theatre is a hub of creativity in Liverpool. Professional and local theatre companies often perform at the theatre based in the former synagogue in Hope Street, and offers everything from drama and comedy productions to dance and art performances. Patrons of the theatre include David Morrissey, Sir Bill Kenwright CBE, Andrew Lancel and Josette Bushell-Mingo.
9. Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus
Liverpool Hope University Creative Campus is based on Shaw Street and is widely known as the home of the Cornerstone Festival, which is an annual arts festival that takes place from mid-November. As well as showcasing dance, drama and performing arts performances, it is also hosts conferences and arts events.
10. The Brindley
The Brindley is a Runcorn theatre that features a 420 seat theatre, cinema, gallery, workshop space and a 108 seat studio. Here you can check out a varied selection of regional, national and international professional performances, films and exhibitions.
Liverpool is a hub of cultural activity. In addition to its amazing theatre scene, you can enjoy a variety of superb museums, shops, bars, restaurants and memorable events. So, if you are looking for a break, you just have to consider a trip to this extraordinary city.