It’s fast and furious – and it’s coming to the Liverpool Echo Arena to kickstart 2018. Fast & Furious Live is being billed as an adrenalin-filled arena spectacular version of the successful film franchise – part of which was shot here in Liverpool in 2012. Tickets for the shows on January 11-12 go on sale tomorrow at 9am, and cost between £39 and £83.50. Liverpool audiences will get to see previews of the new motor extravaganza, days after it is premiered at the O2 in London.
An Easter Fire spectacular, celebrations of contemporary Chinese culture and the ‘beautiful game’ in football World Cup year, a special commemoration for the centenary of the end of the Great War, and the return of British Style Collective are among the events being planned for Liverpool in 2018. The city is marking the 10th anniversary of its Capital of Culture title with a year of special events and commissions that, while harking back to 2008, also look very much to the fu
It’s a well-known fact that Christmas doesn’t officially start in Liverpool until the arrival of the Everyman rock ‘n’ roll panto. So dust off those decorations, drag home that tree and get a spot of Slade on the stereo, because the festive season is definitely here. Actually, Slade is one of the only bands that hasn’t, to my knowledge, been given the rock ‘n’ roll panto treatment in recent years. As for the rest, musically it’s a broad church, from Yazz to Christina Perri, G
Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale is given the Unity and Action Transport Theatre’s trademark twist this Christmas. The Jungle Book is the latest in a series of magical seasonal shows from the successful partnership, and under the direction of ATT’s Nina Hajiyianni. It’s being billed as a “bold and highly theatrical re-telling” of Kipling’s story, with Kevin Dyer’s script looking at the themes of family, belonging, and our affect on the world around us, and comes complete with a
One is ready to put the Pan in to ‘panto’ and the other hopes the audience will be well and truly hooked. Lewis Pryor plays the eponymous Peter Pan and Another Level singer Dane Bowers dons the wig and hook to play his piratical nemesis in the Epstein Theatre’s Christmas show. Prepare to go on an adventure with the boy who never grew up, along with Wendy, John, Michael, Tinkerbell, Tiger Lily and of course, the dastardly Captain Hook. Not forgetting a certain tick-tocking cro
The Winter Arts Market takes place in Liverpool Cathedral this weekend, bringing together around 200 crafts men and women from across the North West. The annual event is expected to attract thousands of pre-Christmas shoppers looking for something a bit different for the festive season. Stalls will take over the nave and the well at the grade I listed sandstone landmark, while there will also be a local food producer fair, vintage basement, craft workshop for young ones organ
Is Jack Rigby in danger of being typecast? Two years ago he played the handsome prince in Cinderella at St Helens – and now he’s back, starring as the royal love interest to Lucy Jo Hudson's Snow White. “I think these might even be the same trousers,” he laughs, looking down at the costume he’s donned for the panto’s photocall, and trying not to catch the eye of the large hen party that’s checking in to the hotel foyer where we’re sitting. Dealing with excitable hens might be
It’s the Nativity – but not as you might read it in the Gospel of St Luke. Instead this is the gospel of Terry, and he’s more Scouse than saint. The Scouse Nativity opens at Royal Court Liverpool tonight, and the theatre is welcoming all the faithful to come and hear the word. Well, quite a lot of words actually, penned by Royal Court executive producer Kevin Fearon and brought to the stage by director Cal McCrystal. Bethlehem, 0BC/AD, and all is silent, all is well. Apart fr
Deck the halls – both of them – with boughs of holly, baubles, and hundreds of lights. Not to mention two giant toy soldiers straight out of the Nutcracker. Liverpool’s two magnificent public buildings, the Town Hall and St George’s Hall, have been dressed to impress as they throw their doors open this festive season. Liverpool Town Hall has beautiful internal decorations in addition to its usual Christmas tree on the balcony, which was officially switched on by Sir Ken Dodd.
The Albert Dock is sparkling for Christmas. The city’s grade I listed waterfront attraction has gone fairy light crazy to mark the festive season, with trees and buildings covered in thousands of glittering bulbs. And each evening in December, Albert Dock bosses are promising a magical light display on the Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building (formerly the dock traffic office). The building, part of National Museums Liverpool, will become the canvas for an intricate light projec