Tired of taking the trip to London, or paying over the odds for West End tickets? If there’s one thing Liverpool does right, it’s theatre. With a range of theatres both brand new and rich in history, the city’s theatre scene is thriving. If you’re a newcomer to Merseyside, you owe it to yourself to pay a visit to the Everyman Theatre on Hope Street, newly refurbished as of 2014 and home to a wide spread of productions, from the traditional to the forward-thinking. Be sure to check out its sister venue The Playhouse too, nestled snugly in Williamson Square smack bang in the town centre.
Prefer something with a local flavour? The Royal Court deals in a variety of Mersey-centric theatre, from knowing parodies such as Scouse Pacific to football-themed fare such as The Ballad of Dixie and Kenny. There’s also the Liverpool Empire, standing proudly on Lime Street and playing host to Willy Russell’s classic Blood Brothers since time immemorial. That’s where you’ll catch the big-name musicals, although a trip to the Liverpool Echo Arena down at Kings Dock should see you right when the occasional stadium-sized production comes to town. The smaller independent theatres get it right too, of course: the Unity Theatre has a busy schedule of dramatic productions, scratch nights and more besides.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, of course: there’s more theatre to explore across the city, so we’ve made it easy for you by carefully curating the best guide to Liverpool’s listings for theatre shows of all sizes. If you’re organising an event or spot any information which needs listing or updating, let us know by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org with the event and venue details.