📅 2 - 12 November 2018
Producers MDI celebrate their milestone 25th anniversary this year, and their vision is to make LEAP 2018 the biggest festival to date.
LEAP is one of the UK’s most anticipated dance festivals, and audiences of more than 2,500 are expected.
The 2018 event takes place between 2 - 12 November 2018, with most of the activity taking place at Liverpool Hope University’s Creative Campus.
The festival theme is Suffrage, in a tribute to the Suffragette Movement celebrating 100 years since some women were first given the right to vote. In celebration of this, there is a real female focus in each dance performance – all of which are new shows to Liverpool.
The Paper Cinema’s Macbeth
📅 Tuesday 6 - Thursday 8 November 2018
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Immerse yourself on a journey through rugged Scottish landscapes and encounter storms, betrayal and murderous plot. Shakespeare's tragedy is vividly told with illustration, masterful puppetry and a live score. Watch a captivating silent film created before your eyes. Hand-drawn puppets collide with music, Foley and cinematic projection to create epic battle scenes and intricate characters.
Following their critically acclaimed Odyssey, The Paper Cinema re-imagine Macbeth as a cautionary tale for our times.
A Paper Cinema and Battersea Arts Centre Production
Illustration: Nicholas Rawling.
📅 6 - 10 November 2018
Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Alice Howland is stubborn, clever and driven – a professional at the top of her game. But, diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 50, she is compelled to confront her new reality and draw on her resilience to remain independent for as long as possible.
Alice strives to remain true to the woman she has always been, while relationships shift within her family, in her work and most importantly with herself. Uncompromising yet tender, this new adaptation of the award-winning novel truthfully acknowledges life with a progressive disease - its conflicts and burden, and its small, priceless victories.
Featuring British actress Sharon Small as Alice, this play is a unique insight into the experience of a woman fighting to maintain her identity as her world changes.
Michael Park for The Infinite Group presents the West Yorkshire Playhouse production. everymanplayhouse.com
Sam Avery: The Learner Parent
📅 Thursday 8 November 2018
Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game, so you're rubbish at it again.
Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka The Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.
Sam's honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps - right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale - will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.
Venue: Epstein Theatre
Price: £18 Time: 8pm Tickets
Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster
📅 Friday 9 - Saturday 10 November 2018
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
A mash-up of creative urban beats with raw rhythmic storytelling
Frankenstein is a brand new gig-theatre production by BAC Beatbox Academy, inspired by the original monstrous tale of power and persecution.
Using nothing but their mouths and a microphone, this talented and dynamic vocal collective present an electrifying poetic and political live concert of song, soundscape, improvised tracks and battles – exploring the idea of what makes a modern monster.
A BAC Beatbox Academy and Battersea Arts Centre Production
Supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.
MK ULTRA: Rosie Kay Dance Company
📅 Saturday 10 November 2018
The Capstone Theatre, Liverpool, L6 1HP
MK ULTRA is a thrilling dance piece exploring the rise of conspiracy theory in pop culture as young people turn away from established political systems. From Commonwealth Games choreographer Rosie Kay in collaboration with BAFTA-winning filmmaker Adam Curtis.
★★★★ The Financial Times
“Extraordinary....a super-saturated sensory feast of movement, sound and imagery."
Be dazzled by bright lights, superhuman dancing and pounding music. Enjoy the glamour of beautiful bodies and the glittering lifestyles of music videos. But what ugly secrets lie behind the media mask?
For critical readers of the media and those with a keen eye for Illuminati symbolism in mainstream pop culture, MK ULTRA explores the conspiracy of mind control hidden in plain sight.
Combining dance, projected visuals, film and music, this is a new kind of performance for the age of Fake News and post-truth.
MK ULTRA is the CIA code word for a real LSD-fuelled brainwashing technique developed by the US military.
MK ULTRA is visually arresting, with costumes from Lady Gaga’s designer Gary Card, a gold mirrored stage, hypnotic triangular projections by Louis Price, a pulsing soundtrack of American trap music and a mesmerising score by electroacoustic composer Annie Mahtani.
★★★★ The Observer
“a postmodern fantasia...MK ULTRA asks important questions about the real and the fake, and whether, for a new generation, they’ve become one."
Watch the trailer: vimeo.com
Rosie Kay is one of the UK’s leading choreographers. She is celebrated for her athletic movement, rigorous research and intelligent theatricality, and is known for the five-star award-winning 5 SOLDIERS as well as choreographing 2018’͛s live televised Commonwealth Games handover broadcast globally to 1 billion people.
Mark Kermode: How Does It Feel?
📅 Tuesday 13 November 2018
Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
A Life of Musical Misadventures
Mark Kermode recounts his utterly foolhardy attempts to fulfil his dreams of becoming a pop star - from building an electric guitar from scratch while at school, to playing the tea chest bass on the kids TV show Utterly Brilliant, and becoming the musical director of a major TV show - all without ever learning to read music. This will be a hilarious evening in which the film critic recalls falling in love with Slade as a teenager, and recording an album at Sun Studio as an ageing old ted. Warning: there may be musical interludes. Or not.
Mark will be signing copies of his book after the show.
Shakespears Schools Festival
📅 Monday 19 - Friday 23 November 2018
Knowsley Leisure And Culture Park L36 6EG
Shakespeare Schools Festival is the worlds largest youth drama festival ,enabling close 1,000 schools to bring their interpretations of Shakespeare to 130 professional theatres across the UK. Each performance night aims to be a celebration of the young people who take part. Why not attend and see Knowsley students have their turn this week.
Full price £9.75
Group Discount £6.50 per ticket for groups of 20+
Everyman Rock 'n' Roll panto The Snow Queen
📅 24 November 2018 - 19 January 2019
Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Here’s a freezin’ to be cheerful...
Regular writers Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton unite with musical director Greg Last to bring the usual music and mayhem to this chilly tale. Our notorious dame Francis Tucker and master of mischief Adam Keast will bring audiences to their feet to dance, cheer and avoid a soaking.
Unlike any other panto in the city, our multi-talented cast sing, dance, entertain and play music live on stage, making sure The Snow Queen is as cool as can be.
The Snow Queen starts on Saturday 24 November and runs until Saturday 19 January, with tickets priced from £15 to £35. We encourage you to book early to secure the best seats at the best prices.
“If you’ve never been to an Everyman panto then you don’t know what you’re missing”
Good News Liverpool
Jack & The Beanstalk
📅 Saturday 1 - Tuesday 4 December 2018
Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, L36 6EG
Staring Coronation Street's Steven Arnold as Fleshcreep and direct from London Covent Garden Tom Balmon as the hilarious Jack. This is a giant of a pantomime full of beans and packed with 'Fee, Fi, Fo Fun!'
The show is packed with great songs, fantastic dance routines and plenty of laughter for all the family.
Peter Pan - Theatre Royal, St. Helens
Sat 8 December 2018 - Sun 13 January 2019
Leading this year’s all-star cast, Coronation Street and Brookside’s Louis Emerick is guaranteed to have audiences hooked as Captain Hook, plus special guest star, Strictly Come Dancing’s Kristina Rihanoff will appear as the loveable Tinker Bell.
The full cast also includes Lewis Devine; Georgina Parkinson; Abigail Middleton; and Si Foster.
Tickets: Book in person at the Theatre Royal Box Office, Corporation Street, St. Helens, Merseyside WA10 1LQ (Mon–Sat 10am–5pm). Alternatively, call 01744 756 000 or
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A Christmas Carol
📅 8 December 2018 - 12 January 2019
Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Put on your best Victorian bib-and-tucker and hold on to your stovepipe hat as the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future whisk us on a brilliantly funny flight of theatrical fancy.
Brought splendidly to life in the inventive, adventurous style of Baskerville and The 39 Steps, this new adaptation of A Christmas Carol is packed with thrilling, fast-paced fun and madcap delight.
Those purveyors of playfulness and physical comedy, Spymonkey, present a festive treat for all, guaranteed to be exquisitely silly, with music, merriment and plenty of heart.
Presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Spymonkey
Photo by John Hunter for RULER | Illustrations by Chris Riddell
Jack & the Beanstalk
📅 14 December 2018 - 6 January 2019
Empire Theatre Liverpool
Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum, a giant of a panto comes to Liverpool this Christmas, starring Merseyside’s own dancing sensation Shirley Ballas as Mother Nature and by popular demand the return of comic John Evans as Simple Simon.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE
The Girl on the Train
📅 Monday 11 - Saturday 16 March 2019
Rachel Watson longs for a different life.
Her only escape is the perfect couple she watches through the train window every day, happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared, she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could ever have anticipated.
Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel – an international phenomenon selling over twenty million copies worldwide – and starring Samantha Womack and Oliver Farnworth, this gripping new play will keep you guessing until the final moment.
Samantha Womack has starred extensively in television, film and theatre. She is best known for playing Ronnie Mitchell in BBC1's EastEnders with leading roles in Mount Pleasant and Game On, plus the recent box office hit films, The Kingsman series. As well as his extensive career on the stage, Oliver Farnworth has starred in Hollyoaks and as Andy Carver in ITV's Coronation Street.
Presented by Simon Friend, Amblin Entertainment and Josh Andrews.
📅 Tue 19 & Wed 20 March 2019
Calling all “Bingsters”! Bing and his friends are going on tour in the first ever Bing stage show! Bing Live! will visit Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Tue 19 – Wed 20 March as part of a major UK tour through to April 2019, and tickets are on-sale now!
85 Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ
★ To book tickets please visit epsteinliverpool.co.uk
📅 Monday 25 - Saturday 30 March 2019
Stage & TV favourite Jodie Prenger and Emmerdale star Vicky Binns lead the cast in this groundbreaking comedy classic!
Beverly and husband Laurence are throwing a party for their newlywed neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining them is highly strung Susan who’s been banished from the party of her teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome to 1970’s suburbia and its heady mix of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco and cheese and pineapple sticks. As tensions rise and tempers flare the sheen of respectability is torn away by the warring couples with hilarious and potentially disastrous consequences.
Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party is one of Britain’s most celebrated comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills and delights in equal measure. It’s not to be missed.
"A night of continuous guilty pleasure"
"One of the greatest plays about the human condition ever written"