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 theatre guide below for some top shows not to miss for 2022 ans 2023. 

For shows straight off the West End


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:

  • School of Rock - 5-9 July 2022
  • The Book of Mormon - 19 July - 13 August 2022
  • Dara O Briain: So, Where Were We? - 17 September 2022
  • The Music of Lord of The Rings and Beyond - 18 September 2022
  • The Pundits - 20 September 2022
  • The Dreamboys - 23 September 2022
  • English National Ballet - Swan Lake - 28 September - 1 Ocotber 2022
  • Bat Our of Hell - 4 - 15 October 2022
  • Strictly Ballroom - 17-22 October 2022
  • Blood Brothers - 25 October - 5 November 2022
  • Russell Kane Live: the Essex Variant! - 6 November 2022
  • The Moustrap - 7 - 12 November 2022
  • Beautiful 15-19 November 2022
  • Glyndebourne - The Marriage of Figaro - 24 November 2022
  • Glyndebourne - Mozart's Requiem - 25 November 2022
  • Glyndebourne - La Boheme - 26 November 2022
  • The Muppets Christmas Carol in Concert - 27 November 2022
  • Shrek The Musical - 1-3 December 2022
  • The Cher Show - 17-21 Jaunary 2023
  • Hey Duggee - 2-4 February 2023
  • Bugsy Malone - 6-11 February 2023
  • The ELO Experience - Electric Light Orcestra - 17 February 2023
  • An Inspector Calls - 14-18 March 2023
  • The Bodyguard - 20-25 March 2023
  • The Commitments - 17 - 22 April 2023
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane - 2-6 May 2023
  • Sister Act - 15-20 May 2023
  • Titanic the Musical - 24- 29 July

For contemporary theatre, dance, comedy and poetry nights


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:

  • A Lovely Poetry Festival
  • Filla Crack's Pride Drag Cabaret
  • Murder Mystery  - The Crown Duels: Gangs of Hope Street
  • The Rock 'n'Roll Panto Red Riding Hood

For some top touring productions and conversations


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:

  • One Man, Two Guvnors - 29 June - 16 July 2022
  • Joanne McNally: The Prosecco Express - 9 September - 22 October
  • The King of Reggae - The Man - The Music - 16 September
  • Kiri Pritchard-McLean: Home Truths - 17 September
  • The Importance of Being Earnest - 11 - 15 October 
  • Brown Girls Do it Too - 4 November
  • Noughts & Crosses - 22 - 26 November
  • Six - 6 December - 8 January

For a taste of proper Liverpudlian theatre


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:

  • Mam! I'm Ere - 10 June - 9 July 2022
  • YNWA - Let's Talk About Six - 29 July - 27 August 2022

For some local talent and underground theatre companies


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


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. 

We sat down with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orcestra's new Cheif Conductor, Domingo Hindoyan to find all about his new role and what shows not to miss in 2022. You can read his interview here. 

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 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


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


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. 

For gigs inside an old theatre


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. 

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