Liverpool Theatre & Cinema
Liverpool has a long history for cutting edge drama that makes you think again, and this legacy continues on at the Liverpool Playhouse, the Everyman Theatre and the Liverpool Unity Theatre. You’ll find plenty of homegrown Liverpool writing talent in these venues. Head to stunning heritage concert hall and events space St George’s Hall in the heart of the city near the Empire and Lime Street to catch regular classical music performances alongside tea dances, talks, tours and more!
For lavish musicals and big show productions Liverpool’s Empire Theatre is where to head and checkout the city’s cool home of comedy – the legendary Rawhide Comedy Club weekend shows at the Royal Court Theatre, which has been Liverpool’s home of comedy since the mid 1990s. Liverpool’s Olympia plays host to an eclectic mix of events, shows and plenty of wrestling nights! Formerly the Locarno, this famous historic venue has been operating in the city for many years, located on the northern city outskirts.
Liverpool’s main centre for independent world cinema is FACT – Foundation for Art and Creative Technology. Here sits Liverpool’s Picturehouse Cinema with its multi screens alongside media arts galleries where you’ll see the latest emerging forms of creativity in media art.
Liverpool Theatre – The Empire Theatre
The historic Liverpool Empire Theatre, now a top spot for huge entertainment shows including nationally acclaimed musicals, sits just near Lime Street Station within the city’s cultural quarter hub. The current building, with modern add ons, dates from 1925, but there was a theatre on this site as far back as 1866, originally called The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House. An eclectic mix of musicals, comedy, concerts and musical entertainment nights are on offer here.
The Liverpool Playhouse
The Liverpool Playhouse on Williamson Square just off Whitechapel started life in 1866 as the Star Music Hall and by 1911 was a full repertory theatre company – the oldest Rep in the country. For drama, the history of this Liverpool Theatre dazzles. It was here that Noel Coward first began working with Gertrude Lawrence and the Playhouse has kick started numerous legends of drama including Anthony Hopkins, Michael Redgrave and John Thaw. More recently in the 20th century the creative Gang of Four – Alan Bleasdale, Chris Bond, Bill Morrison and Willy Russell featured at the Playhouse.
The Everyman Theatre
Today this Liverpool Theatre remains home to the best of classic drama. The Playhouse’s more intimate sister is Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre on Hope Street in the city’s bohemian quarter. Founded more recently in the mid 1960s, The Everyman has always played host to ground breaking modern drama. More dazzling talent has emerged from here including Julie Walters, Antony Sher and the Gang of Four. New plays by emerging Liverpool playwrights feature heavily at the Everyman alongside performances of for example Beckett Plays.
FACT is Liverpool’s centre for film and commissioned presentations of film, video and new media art forms. Galleries and the Picturehouse independent cinema are here with its state of the art film screens. The Picturehouse hosts regular themed film festivals and shows an exceptional mix of documentary, world/ mainstream and art cinema. Venue and equipment hire, a funky cafe and bar and the chic Garden restaurant with great vegetarian, children and baby food options are all on-site. FACT is a 3 minute walk from Central Station.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.