Jane Austen’s Persuasion
📅 Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 October 2018 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Lose yourself in Jane Austen’s most romantic comedy, Persuasion, with this beautiful, witty and wonderfully emotional production by the award-winning Theatre6.
Anne Elliot was young and in love. Swept off her feet by the dashing but poor naval officer, Captain Wentworth, she devastatingly rejects his marriage proposal because of her selfish society-obsessed family. Several years later and Wentworth has returned from sea. Will a chance encounter lead Anne back to her true love, or to a life forever alone?
This sparkling production from the producers of Gabriel features a talented cast of actor musicians and is a masterclass of story-telling awash with love, loss and longing.
📅 Tuesday 9 - Saturday 13 October 2018 Liverpool Everyman Theatre
The Santee family are unconventional, to say the least.
100-year-old Grandaddy Jake and his enormous grandson Tiny live life on the fringes, drinking whisky, building fences, boasting of immortality. But then, Fup arrives – an ass-kicking, web-footed, feathery sonofagun. See, Fup is a duck. A very big duck. A very big duck indeed...And she is going to change their world forever.
FUP is a big-hearted, uproarious modern fable about family, love and nature set in a weird and wild Cornwall.
Featuring live, foot-stomping music, quacking puppetry and Kneehigh’s infamous eccentricity and charm, FUP is a story like no other.
📅 Tuesday 16 - Saturday 20 October 2018 Liverpool Everyman Theatre
A new play by Anna Jordan
I want to return to my home.
A British Northern Coastal town. Three young men are coming home from war. Their stories, set at different times over the last 100 years, are beautifully interwoven in this compelling new play by Anna Jordan (Yen – Royal Court Theatre, Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting 2013).
Directed by Neil Bettles (Associate Director of Frantic Assembly) and featuring Frantic’s celebrated physicality, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that war has on young lives, and asks - what does coming home really mean? What is home? And when experience has shattered you into a million pieces, will home help to put you together again, or treat you as an ugly truth it does not want to confront?
A Frantic Assembly and Theatre Royal Plymouth Production Tickets
St Helens Theatre Royal Beauty And The Beast Pantomime
📅 20 - 28 October 2018
St Helens Theatre Royal invites you to the most romantic fairy tale of them all this October half-term when Regal Entertainments Ltd return with the amazing panto Beauty and the Beast to take audiences on another sparkling adventure.
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Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art
📅 Tuesday 23 - Saturday 27 October 2018 Liverpool Playhouse Theatre
Alan Bennett is one our greatest and most celebrated playwrights, with a cavalcade of stage and screen blockbusters including The History Boys, The Madness of King George and Talking Heads. He is applauded as a genius for his sharp character observations and treasured for the way he beautifully balances wit, wistfulness and compassion.
In The Habit of Art, Bennet gives us a play about a meeting between the poet WH Auden and the composer Benjamin Britten. Exploring friendship, rivalry and heartache this multi layered masterpiece examines the joy, pain and emotional cost of creativity.
This production directed by Philip Franks marks the first ever revival of the play and stars the Olivier Award winning Matthew Kelly (Twelfth Night at the Everyman), David Yelland (Chariots of Fire and The Crown) and Veronica Roberts (Peak Practice and Tenko). Tickets
David O’Doherty: You Have To Laugh
📅 Wednesday 24 October 2018 Liverpool Everyman Theatre
Unhook your mindbras. David O’Doherty is back on tour with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. As seen on BBC2’s Live At The Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown.
📅 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. leap2018.co.uk
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. Book Now
📅 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
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. everymanplayhouse.com
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."
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. Tickets
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+ Tickets
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 everymanplayhouse.com
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. knowsley.gov.uk/tickets
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 everymanplayhouse.com
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
📅 Tue 19 & Wed 20 March 2019 Epstein Theatre
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!