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! Have a look at our theatres below and some top shows not to miss for 2021 and 2022. 


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!

Some shows to look out for:


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.

Some shows to look out for:


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. 

Some shows to look out for:

  • Love, Liverpool - 31 July - 14 August 2021
  • Al Murray: Landlord of Hope and Glory - 9 September 2021
  • All Singing! All Swinging! - 11 September 2021
  • Dial M for Murder - 14-18 September 2021
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - 22 September - 2 October 2021
  • Bridget Christie: Who Am I? - 8 Ocotber 2021
  • Dracula: The Untold Story - 12-16 October 2021
  • Stick Man - 26-27 October 2021
  • Fantastically Great Women Who Changed The World - 8 December 2021 - 2 January 2022


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.

Some shows to look out for:


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. 


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. 

Some shows to look out for:

  • Almost Liverpool 8 - 1 September 2021
  • Simon Amstell - 15 September 2021
  • Fascinating Aida - 18 September 2021
  • Luca Stricagnoli - 24 September 2021
  • Martha Wainwright - 1 October 2021
  • The Billy Joel Songbook - 17 October 2021
  • Collabro - 27 October 2021
  • Engelbert Humperdinck - 31 October 2021
  • Katherine Jenkins - 22 November 2021
  • The Bootleg Beatles - 8 December 2021

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. 


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. 

For more information on shows taking place at the M&S Bank Arena see our blog here. 

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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. 

Some shows to look out for:

  • Larkins - 13 August 2021
  • Nothing But Thieves - 23 August 2021
  • The Vamps - 14 September 2021
  • The Slow Readers Club - 27 September 2021
  • Sports Team - 1 October 2021
  • Red Rum Club - 23 October 2021
  • The Mysterines - 30 October 2021


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. 


Due to venues having different guidelines, booking systems and opening hours we would always recommend checking ahead with each one before your visit. 

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