Liverpool exploded into life in the 18th century, rapidly turning from a small town into one of the world’s most important port cities. For 200 years, it eclipsed most of Europe in the trading stakes – nationally and internationally, Liverpool was where it was at. What does that mean for the visitor today?
You’ve only to look up: a skyline that’s part of a World Heritage Site, a waterfront that never fails to impress, and Georgian streets that are as graceful as they are grand. It is these architectural cheekbones that, along with the grand sweep of the River Mersey, make Liverpool such a visual treat. Sure, the city was for years on its uppers, its post-industrial decline as swift as it was comprehensive. But Liverpool has reinvented itself, as the UK Capital of Culture in 2008, as the home of the leading visual arts event Liverpool Biennial, as the place where artists make work and where a new, creative future is being written.
It is this combination of grace and ambition, wit and occasional decay that it typical of Liverpool; all this and the fact that it is one of the friendliest cities we know. Like the Liver Birds sitting atop the city’s most famous building, one turned to the sea, one turned to home, Liverpool is a city with a world view, yet a place with a personal, personable one too.
Penny Arcade was born to be on stage. In her new stand-up show expect gender norms to be transformed, sacred cows to be slaughtered and your sides to split just a bit.
An exhibition focusing on the work of Tracey Emin and William Blake to reveal surprising links between the two artists.
A Young Everyman Playhouse Production in association with the University of Liverpool and Liverpool Literary Festival.
Adapted by Philip Pullman
Directed by Ellie Hurt.
Things I Know To Be True is a complex and intense study of the mechanics of a family that is both poetic and brutally frank.
Presented by Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company of South Australia.
Directed by Scott Graham and Geordie Brookman.
When her best friend (a little yellow bird named Tito) goes missing, Icka puts her inventive mind to the test and sets off on a mission over land and sea to save him. But nothing can prepare her for what she finds…
Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes dramatically alive in Stephen Mallatratt’s ingenious stage adaptation. This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror.
Welcome to Gecko’s Institute, where forgotten stories and recycled memories pour out of filing cabinets and endless corridors. Four gripping journeys collide in an extraordinary world of breath-taking movement and exquisite storytelling.
A riotous new production led by a joyful ensemble of players who will delight with songs, romance and chaos, and hurl Shakespeare’s anarchic comedy into the 21st century.
Presented by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse and Shakespeare’s Globe.
Add The Nutcracker to your Christmas tradition and you won’t be disappointed: it really is a special piece, with enchanting dancing and Tchaikovsky’s timeless music.