The curtains are about to open for some top shows in Liverpool

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!


For shows straight off the West End


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!

Coming in 2020:

  • Mamma Mia!
  • Beautiful - The Carol King Musical
  • Heathers The Musical
  • Everybody's Talking about Jamie
  • The Book of Mormon
  • Hairspray The Musical
  • Thriller Live
  • The Commitments 


For contemporary theatre, dance, comedy and poetry nights


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.

Coming in 2020:

  • The Balled of Jonny Longstaff
  • Clive Anderson: Me, Macbeth & I
  • Shandyland

For some top touring productions and conversations


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • Susan Hill's The Woman in Black
  • An Inspector Calls
  • Conversations with Stacey Dooley
  • SIX
  • Holes
  • Ghost Stories
  • Ed Byrne: If I'm Honest


For a taste of proper Liverpudlian theatre


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.

Coming in 2020:

  • Men of the World
  • Pete Price is Dead
  • Mam! I'm 'Ere


For some local talent and underground theatre companies


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • The Strange Tale of Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel
  • I Am Echoborg
  • Wicked Women
  • Tom Rosenthal: Manhood

A theatre named after a Beatles legend


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.

Coming in 2020:

  • Klub Kids Presents The Magnificent Nina West Show
  • Something About Paul Simon - The Paul Simon Story
  • Rapunzel
  • Mark Beaumont: Around The World in 80 Days


For experiencing a world class orchestra


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • Rumours of Fleetwood Mac - Live In Concert
  • And In the End
  • Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orcestra

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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Liverpool Hope University's Creative Campus theatre


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • Liverpool International Jazz Festival
  • The Angel Field Festival
  • Milapfest


For huge international artists and shows


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • The 1975
  • The Who
  • Rick Astley
  • McFly
  • Strictly Come Dancing: The Professionals
  • Diana Ross
  • Stormzy
  • Elton John

How good does our new sign look 💜

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A place to see future stars


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • Inhaler
  • The Big Moon
  • Gabrielle Aplin
  • Circa Waves


For gigs inside an old theatre


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. 

Coming in 2020:

  • Elbow
  • The Night Cafe


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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