Everyman & Playhouse Spring Summer Season
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Everyman & Playhouse Spring/ Summer Season

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor

Liverpool’s Everyman & Playhouse has revealed its new theatre programme for Spring/ Summer 2023 and it’s a busy, brilliant and exciting season. Expect contemporary takes on the classics, world premiere adaptations of bestselling novels and fantastical family shows. This is quite possibly Liverpool’s best theatre season yet – grab the opportunity to see some of the very best theatre and performance happening in the North.

With a sensational programme of performance, the season offers an exceptional blend of work that includes four reimagined classics on stage and the introduction of six new Associate Companies: 20 Stories High, Cardboard Citizens, Graeae, Homotopia, New Earth and Talawa Theatre Company. We’re made up that Northern audiences will be the first to see some of the theatre’s own productions and collaborations, alongside some of the best UK touring productions. Win-win.

Christy Lefteri’s much-loved novel The Beekeeper of Aleppo visits Liverpool Playhouse this March. Writers Nesrin Alrefaai and Matthew Spangler take the bestseller from page to stage in this beautiful new translation, directed by Miranda Cromwell. Compassionate and deeply moving, this highly anticipated show explores the fallout from the Syrian war and the triumph of the human spirit.

Acknowledged as one of British theatre’s crowning glories, we’re also super excited about Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls playing at the Everyman this March. Neatly coinciding with International Women’s Day, Churchill has shifted the setting to 1980s Liverpool for the 40th-anniversary production of this groundbreaking play.

As we head further into spring, Adjoa Andoh steps into the shoes of Richard III in an eagerly awaited world premiere performance. Leading as director and performer, Andoh will bring a fresh depiction of Shakespeare’s most notorious antihero. Not to be missed.

In a thrilling collaboration with Stockroom and Theatre Royal Plymouth, families will find escapism and imagination in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland this July. Bursting with brilliant original music inspired by the British pop scene, the show offers a glorious new spin on the fantastical tale.

Here are our picks