The Cat in the Hat
📅 Tuesday 12 - Saturday 16 February 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
When the Cat in the Hat steps onto the mat, Sally and her brother are in for a rollercoaster ride of havoc and mayhem! The Cat can rescue them from a dull rainy day, but what mischief do they get up to along the way?
Look at me! Look at me! Look at me NOW!
It’s fun to have fun but you have to know how!
Based on the much-loved book by Dr Seuss that has captivated generations of readers, The Cat in the Hat features feline frivolity aplenty, with his acrobatic accomplices Thing 1 and Thing 2. With riotous rhymes which have delighted children for over fifty years, and infectious humour and spectacular circus for the grown-ups, the wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat comes to the Playouse in February.
📅 Tuesday 19 - Saturday 23 February 2019 Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Direct from its hit London run prior to New York
Caroline Mortimer is the nation’s favourite TV cook.
In the glow of the studio lights, she has it all - a sparkling career, a big house, a (golf) loving husband, smart kids and the best kitchen money can buy.
But when the camera turns off the truth comes out and when an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration there is more to spill than the wine...
Welcome to Caroline’s Kitchen...
Direct from its hit London run and ahead of New York transfer, this searing, sharp, state of the nation comedy is coming to Liverpool this Spring.
From the award-winning Original Theatre Company (The Habit of Art), directed by Alastair Whatley (Birdsong) and with a stellar cast from across stage and screen including Caroline Langrishe (Lovejoy, Judge John Deed), Aden Gillett (The House of Eliott), Jasmyn Banks (EastEnders), Elizabeth Boag (Invincible), Tom England (Death Trap) and James Sutton (Emmerdale, Hollyoaks).
The beloved TV show live on stage for the first time.
Visits Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre and St Helens Theatre Royal
MEI Theatrical are delighted to announce that the wonderful world of Twirlywoos – as seen on CBeebies – will be brought to life on stage for the first time next year. Toodloo, Great BigHoo, Chickedy, Chick and Peekaboo will set sail around the UK in a brand-new theatrical adventure. Featuring all the favourite characters from the hit TV show, expect mischief, music and plenty of surprises as the Twirlywoos embark on a new adventure onboard their Big Red Boat. With beautifully inventive puppetry, Twirlywoos Live! promises to be a laugh-out-loud treat for little ones.
📅 27 February - 2 March 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
YEP make their Playhouse main stage debut bringing their unique approach to devised storytelling, this time examining the power of crowds, who follows who and what it takes to stand up.
🎟️ Book Here
Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Plaza Community Cinema
Get ready for a night of inspirational adventure! The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is coming to the Plaza Community Cinema, Liverpool, on Thursday 28 February and Friday 12 April 2019.
The events each feature a collection of brand-new films (different film programme at each show), starring intrepid explorers on incredible expeditions in the most remote and spectacular corners of the planet, from the breath-taking mountains of Nepal to the desolate outback of Australia and beyond!
As well as jaw-dropping action, stunning cinematography and big laughs, there are free prize giveaways too.
Unleash your spirit of adventure… from the comfort of a cinema seat!
See www.banff-uk.com for more.
In Our Times 2019: Celebrating 15 Years
📅 Wednesday 6 March 2019 The Eclipse Theatre, Hinterlands, L8 5AF
In 2019, Collective Encounters is 15! To mark this we are hosting a special celebration event, In Our Times.
In Our Times will showcase the recent work of Collective Encounters, reflect on past achievements and reveal our exciting plans for the future. We are excited to celebrate this milestone at a time when Collective Encounters is moving into a new chapter whilst continuing to strive towards its mission of using theatre as a tool for social change.
For one night only we will be taking over The Eclipse Theatre, at Liverpool's new Hinterlands venue in the Baltic Triangle. In Our Times will include;
• Extracts from Wealth is Health (performed by the Third Age Acting Company)
• Cracked (performed by Other Theatres),
• A new piece exploring the theme of home and what it means to young people in the 21st Century (performed by CE:YT)
• Some short radical theatre moments
Doors will open at 7pm. The performance will begin at 7:30pm, and run for 1.5 hours with an interval. There will be happenings, music and dancing throughout the evening.
The evening will be opened by Simon Mellor, Deputy Chief Executive, Arts and Culture, Arts Council England.
Light refreshments will be available during the event.
The Girl on the Train
📅 Monday 11 - Saturday 16 March 2019 Liverpool Playhouse
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.
Fame The Musical Mon 11 - Sat 16 March 2019 Liverpool Empire
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool L1 1JE
Stones in His Pockets
📅 Monday 18 - Saturday 23 March 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
A small village in rural Ireland is turned upside down when a major Hollywood film studio descends to make a historical blockbuster on location. The story is told through the eyes of Charlie Conlon and Jake Quinn, employed as extras along with numerous other locals. As cultures clash, it becomes clear that Tinseltown’s romanticised dream of Ireland is a long, long way from reality. Just two talented actors brilliantly bring to life a multitude of extraordinary characters, ranging from the spoilt American starlet to the English director and the village old timer.
Often hysterically funny, thought-provoking and witty, this wonderful comedy has won numerous awards including both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best New Comedy, as well as three Tony nominations on Broadway. 🎟️ Book Here
BING LIVE! at the Epstein Theatre
📅 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 as part of a major UK tour through to April 2019, and tickets are on-sale now!
Us Against Whatever
📅 Wednesday 20 - Saturday 23 March 2019 Liverpool Everyman Theatre
A Karaoke Cabaret “We don’t wanna talk about
Westminster or Farage or Brussels.
We want to talk about us.
Here. Cos we’re the bit that matters.”
Sara is starting to think she made a mistake in moving to England. Steph sees her city changing and misses her dad. Both are looking for somewhere to call home and something to believe in.
And Sheila? She’s determined to bring people together again, the only way she knows how - karaoke! ‘Cause what we need right now is to get up on our feet, grab a mic together and belt out a ballad after a pint or five.
Setting fire to expectations of what a night at the theatre can be, Us Against Whatever is an electrifying cabaret about the places we keep in our hearts from the award-winning Middle Child.
Abigail’s Party at Liverpool Playhouse
📅 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" -The Telegraph
"One of the greatest plays about the human condition ever written"
Princess & The Hustler
📅 Wednesday 3 - Saturday 6 April 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
“My name is Phyllis Princess James.
I will wear this crown every day.
I will never take it off even when I am asleep.”
Meet Princess. A cheeky 10-year-old, with a plan to win the Weston-Super-Mare Beauty Contest. Trouble is, her mum is busy working several jobs, her brother, a budding photographer, won’t even take her picture and then – The Hustler returns.
In 1963 Bristol, as Black British Civil Rights campaigners walk onto the streets, Princess finds out what it really means to be black and beautiful.
Princess & The Hustler is the second national tour born from Revolution Mix – an Eclipse movement that is spearheading the largest ever delivery of New Black British stories. The first Revolution Mix story was last year’s sell-out production of Black Men Walking.
Sweeney Todd - Liverpool Everyman
📅 12 April - 18 May 2019
He never forgets and never forgives
England is choking. Its landscape is blackened. This is the rotten core of the decaying nineteenth century.
As the rich sit back, the workers are left to forage for society’s scraps. But in the big city – the unconcealed pinnacle of this desperate misery – one man is plotting. From his fearsome barber’s chair, he’s planning the bloodiest, juiciest, most succulent act of revenge ever seen.
The story of Sweeney Todd’s cut-throat vengeance – and Mrs Lovett’s curiously toothsome pies – has left a curdling, crimson trail for over 150 years. Now this malevolent tale comes lurching back to life in the masterly musical by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler.
Stuffed to the gizzard with mesmerising music and crow-black comedy, this is anarchic theatre at its thrilling best. And of course, we’re baking it to an Everyman recipe – so sit down, tuck in and enjoy the revolutionary taste of a tale with a blood red heart.
Mark Thomas: Check Up
📅 Friday 12 - Saturday 13 April 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Our NHS @70
Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100, what will they both look like? Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residencies in hospitals and surgeries, Thomas working with director Nicolas Kent uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going right, what’s going wrong and how does it get better?
Live American Wrestling
📅 Saturday 13 April 2019 Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, L36 6EG
A Live Wrestling show for any wrestling fan. Why not come along Boo the Baddies , cheer the goodies and have an overall great night seeing who becomes the wrestling champion ! A must for any wrestling fans !!!
Around the World in 80 Days
📅 Wednesday 17 - Saturday 20 April 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
The mysterious and fabulously wealthy Phileas Fogg wagers his life’s fortune that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. Join him and his loyal valet Passepartout, as they voyage from the misty streets of Victorian London to the exotic subcontinent and the Wild West in a race against the clock.
Theresa Heskins’ celebrated production - "remarkable" ★★★★ (The Guardian) "highly entertaining, a riotous romp" ★★★★ (The Times) returns to the Playhouse before heading to New York. A cast of eight play over 125 characters in this imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant! Tickets
Kit and Caboodle
📅 Thursday 18 April 2019 Halewood Library, Halewood,L26 9UH
Thingumajig Theatre presents Kit and Caboodle this performance arrives with a miniature puppet show inside a big rolling mule puppet, the timeless theme of migration is packaged up in this wonderful performance. A 35 minute puppet show with a beautiful story to tell. Family show. 🎟️ Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased at Halewood library. Tickets are also online Here
The Amazing Adventures of Pinnochio
📅 Saturday 20 April 2019 Knowsley Leisure & Culture Park, L36 6EG
Larger than life adaption of the much loved classic Pinocchio. A family show were you'll have a whale of a time no strings attached!
Children' s tickets £8 / Adults £10 🎟️ Tickets
Chekhov's First Play
📅 Wednesday 8 - Saturday 11 May 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre "I’m having absolutely nothing to do with the theatre or the human race. They can all go to hell." Anton Chekhov
During the turmoil of the Russian Revolution in 1917, Maria Chekhov, Anton’s sister, placed many of her late brother’s manuscripts and papers in a safety deposit box in Moscow.
In 1921 Soviet scholars opened the box, and discovered a play. The title page was missing. The play they found has too many characters, too many themes, too much action.
All in all, it’s generally dismissed as unstageable.
Award-winning Irish Theatre Company Dead Centre, do injustice to a great playwright. Chekhov before he was Chekhov.Headphones are provided and worn throughout the performance.
The Worst Witch
📅 28 May - 1 June 2019 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Mildred Hubble was an ordinary girl who found herself in an extraordinary place: a school for witches. Now in her final year, accident prone Mildred and her fellow pupils are about to embark on their biggest and most important adventure yet…
Jealous Ethel Hallow is always out to spoil Mildred’s fun. Miss Hardbroom is opposed to all fun in general. And just as Mildred sparks some inevitable mayhem certain to upset them both, an old enemy returns with a plan for revenge that could threaten not just the Academy, but the whole world.
Jill Murphy’s The Worst Witch stories have sold more than five million copies worldwide and been made into numerous films and TV series. Featuring all of Jill Murphy’s beloved characters, this new action-packed stage adaptation written by Emma Reeves (Hetty Feather) and directed by Theresa Heskins (Around the World in 80 Days) includes original songs, music, magic and a dose of Mildred’s unique brand of utter pandemonium! Times & Prices
When Another Dragon Roars
A storytelling show about emotions, featuring puppetry, music and lots of roaring from dragons around the world. Great for ages 5+ and their families. Tickets cost £3 and can be purchased at all libraries. Tickets are also online 🎟️ Tickets
Details of the different performances: Thursday 30 May 2019
11am Stockbridge Library L28 1AB
3pm at Kirkby library L32 8XY
Friday 31 May 2019
11am at Halewood Library L26 9UH
4pm Prescot Library L34 5GA
The Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto Sleeping Beauty
📅 23 November 2019 - 18 January 2020
Our perennial writer/director duo of Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton will return for this year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll panto Sleeping Beauty which opens on Saturday 23 November.
Full cast and creative team will be announced soon but we’re sure the cast will feature some well-loved faces.
It's shocking! It's rocking! It's incredibly cool!
For this baby shower bring a cagoule!
Slip on your spandex, shake ya booty,
And help change the fate of Sleeping Beauty!
The Rock ‘n’ Roll panto will include an autism friendly/relaxed performance on Mon 13 Jan and there will also be a range of other performances for audience members with access needs including British Sign Language performance on Mon 6 Jan, a captioned performance on Sat 11 Jan and two audio described performances on Thu 9 Jan. 🎫 Book here everymanplayhouse.com