Theatre In Liverpool
Liverpool is the birthplace of an array of leading playwrights,
popular entertainers and famous actors, so it’s
only fair that it should also possess a wealth of great
The city’s biggest and most well known theatre is
the Empire [map],
which sits opposite the impressive St George’s Hall
near Lime Street Station. It plays host to a mix of leading
shows including West End musicals such as Grease, Blood
Brothers and Cats, touring ballets and world-renowned
operas. It is also a venue for top pop and rock acts such
as Tom Jones, a variety of tribute bands and children's
Incidentally it was also the scene of the Beatles’
last concert in Liverpool in December 1965, but has since
gone under a million pound refurbishment to help establish
its place in the 21st century.
For a more diverse choice of entertainment why not head
to the Everyman Theatre [map],
which is situated opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral.
Founded in the mid-60s, this theatre has nurtured the
talents of famous names including Willy Russell and Alan Bleasdale, and has a distinguished history
of putting on its own productions.
Appealing to all ages, the Everyman has a contemporary
image and previous shows have included Juggling With Gerbils
and the more familiar Much Ado About Nothing.
Working in association with the Everyman is the hugely
popular Playhouse Theatre [map],
which provides a completely different stage setting than
its partner. Here you catch a glimpse of classic plays
such as Twelfth Night and Mill on the Floss, along with
contemporary drama, comedy and musicals.
For a more intimate night out why not visit the small
but lively Unity Theatre [map] situated close to the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Established
for more than 21 years, this is the city’s most
innovative theatre, which combines classic drama with
new talent, and plays host to local, national and international
productions. It also offers music, dance, comedy and children's
If you fancy getting out of the city centre for the evening
then head to either the Floral Pavillion Theatre [map] on the Wirral or the Theatre Royal [map] in Warrington.
Established in the 1930s, the delightful Floral Pavillion
Theatre hosts a number of regular performances of light
entertainment, including music from various tribute bands
and children’s shows such as Postman Pat.
The independent Theatre Royal is just 20 minutes from
Liverpool city centre and plays host to many local acts,
and national and international stars, including comedian
Ken Dodd. Children's favourites such as The Jungle Book
and light entertainment including the Antiques Road
Show and The Real Monty have also been staged here.
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