If there is one thing Liverpool knows how to do it’s put on a show and we have so many theatres and performance spaces in the city to be able to do just that! From 100 year old theatres that have seen some of the biggest stars of stage and screen tread their boards to local venues that put on the best home grown talent around - we are up there with the best.

If you are looking for somewhere to see a show straight off the West End, an international rock band or some local scouse talent - Liverpool has it all! To help plan your theatrical trip to the city we have put together a theatre guide so you can see what takes your fancy. Let’s get this show on the road!


LIVERPOOL EMPIRE THEATRE

The Empire Theatre on Lime Street is Liverpool’s biggest theatre and has a huge history to go with it. As one of the largest two-tier theatres in Britain, some of the biggest productions in the world have graced the Empire’s stage in its 125 years existence. World class stars like Julie Andrews, Laurel and Hardy, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles have also tread the famous boards and more just keep turning up - you never know who you might see!

This year you can catch some massive touring productions including Les Miserables, Annie, War Horse and Blood Brothers alongside gigs and shows by Michael Ball, Eddie Izzard and Tim Minchin. 


EVERYMAN THEATRE

The Everyman Theatre can be found on Hope Street and offers everything from contemporary theatre, dance, comedy and poetry nights all year round. Alongside touring productions, the Everyman also supports a lot of homegrown talent and works with young people to perform some amazing shows. Inside, there is also a bar and bistro so everything you need is pretty much under one roof.

This year you can catch everything from a production of Sweeney Todd to comedy nights and scratch mornings. 


PLAYHOUSE THEATRE

The Playhouse Theatre is also a rich part of Liverpool’s theatre history. After it opened in 1866 it started life as a music hall and then developed into a repertory theatre in 1911. Over the years countless stars have graced the stage in some huge productions with more on the way this year. 

You can expect to see shows like Abigail’s Party, Around the World in 80 Days and even a talk by Ian McKellen.


THE ROYAL COURT

For a taste of proper Liverpudlian theatre, head to the Royal Court where you can expect a lot of laughs. The Royal Court’s productions generally have a strong Liverpool theme, so there will be loads of scouse humour and more than likely a good old sing-a-long.

This year you can see shows like My Fairfield Lady and Lost Soul 2 so make sure you book your tickets for these. 


UNITY THEATRE

Unity Theatre is one of the most accessible theatres in the city and has been in its current home at a former synagogue in Hope Place for 30 years. Famed for championing local and underground theatre companies and encouraging up and coming talent; it is a great place to go for something a little different at the theatre. 


THE EPSTEIN THEATRE

The Epstein Theatre has been providing local entertainment since 1913 and was given its name in 2011 in memory of The Beatles manager, Brian Epstein. The theatre today still supports local and emerging talent as well as welcoming some huge names to its stage.

There are loads of different shows heading to the Epstein this year including Burlesque featuring contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, ABBA Forever and a talk from I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here star, Emily Atack. 


LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL

The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is an art-deco style Grade II listed building on Liverpool’s well loved Hope Street. In 1840, a group of music lovers founded The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic making it one of the world’s oldest concert societies boasting an award winning Philharmonic Orchestra. The venue now goes on to host some huge musical performances over a range of genres in a beautiful setting. 

LIVERPOOL PHILHARMONIC HALL Architect: Caruso St John Completion: 2015 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall is a Grade II* listed art deco building originally designed by Liverpool architect Herbert Rowse. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Max Fordham worked on the M&E and lighting design. Our input ranged from tiny interventions to achieve exact details; to replacing enormous two-tonne 1930’s extract fans. The building therefore operates efficiently and maintains Liverpool Philharmonic Hall's position as an internationally renowned venue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The front of house has been reworked to reflect many of the design intentions of the original structure. The refurbishment, unveiled for the orchestra’s 175th season, rearranges existing volumes to make better use of the space, improving the experience for visitors by addressing acoustic issues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The constraints were significant; the Listed Status, the acoustic requirements, the precise architectural detailing and a restrictive budget. Modern technologies were applied to make the building as flexible as possible, while preserving a visual aspect that returns to Rowse’s original Art Deco design. Our work delivered a beautifully engineered building. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo credit: Helene Binet

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THE CAPSTONE THEATRE

The Capstone theatre opened its doors in 2010 and has since worked with a range of leading national and international artists and musicians to host concerts, spoken word events, radio broadcasts, plays, dance performances and film screenings. The theatre is part of Liverpool Hope University and works with alot of local organisations to showcase Liverpool culture. 

This year they are hosting the Angel Field Festival and loads of music events. 


M&S BANK ARENA

Once known as The Echo Arena, the M&S bank arena is the biggest venue in the city for music, comedy and live shows. The venue has hosted over 1,300 performances since it opened its doors in 2008 and has welcomed the likes of the European MTV awards, Sir Paul McCartney and BBC Sports Personality of the Year. 

This year there are some huge acts gracing the stage including, Little Mix, Westlife, Russell Howard and Rod Stewart to name a few. 

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O2 ACADEMY

The 19th Century warehouse that now houses the O2 Academy has been everything from a furniture makers, pet shop and horse market, now, it hosts some of the best gigs in the city. In the early days of the venue, bands such as Muse, Coldplay and The Killers all graced the stage and it still keeps attracting top UK and International talent today. 

This year you can find big local bands like The Red Rum Club, She Drew the Gun and SPINN making some noise in the academy. 


THE EVENTIM OLYMPIA

The Olympia was purposely built in 1905 as an indoor circus and variety theatre and went onto to be one of the most successful venues in the city. Over the years it has been converted into a cinema, ballroom, bingo hall and now it hosts some of the city’s biggest gigs. 

This year they are welcoming the likes of The Zutons and The Manic Street Preachers to their stage. 


How amazing do our theatres look?! There are some show stopping performances hitting our stages this year so it’s a great time to be visiting! Team the show with dinner in one of our fantastic restaurants and you’re in for a brilliant trip to the city. Let us know what you have tickets for over on our Twitter @VisitLiverpool


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This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC. 

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