John Moores Painting Prize 2020 jury revealed
January 23, 2020
Epic comedy at the Epstein Theatre this spring
January 21, 2020
Review: Once at Liverpool Empire ****
John Evans on his road to Colomendy at Royal Court...
January 18, 2020
dot-art celebrates the digital in new exhibition
January 17, 2020
All aboard for Liverpool's new maritime attrac...
January 16, 2020
By The Waters of Liverpool embarks on national tou...
Artists invited to bid for a place on Liverpool Pl...
January 13, 2020
Peter Pan to make mischief at Chester Storyhouse
January 10, 2020
Review: Sound the Trumpet at RLPO ****1/2
Sound the trumpet indeed! I think we might have found a contender for most entertaining Philharmonic concert of the year – and it’s only the second week of January.
With this firecracker of a programme, complete with a pair of premieres in a double trumpet voluntary, th...
December 16, 2019
It should perhaps come as no surprise that a venue that calls itself Storyhouse should be committed to strong storytelling.
And its 2019 Christmas offering – a new version of JM Barrie’s much-loved children’s classic - has an engaging clarity of narrative as well as bei...
December 15, 2019
Joy to the world!
And while there’s been precious little festive cheer around this year, there was plenty of seasonal bonhomie at the Philharmonic Hall’s opening Spirit of Christmas concert.
“This is the start of Christmas,” I heard one audience member tell another, whil...
December 12, 2019
Do you remember when you stopped believing in Father Christmas, consigning him to never never land along with the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy?
And be honest, does life feel better for it?
There’s a reason Miracle on 34th Street remains such a much-loved tale, 70 yea...
December 11, 2019
The Unity has long eschewed traditional pantomime in favour of magical tales designed to captivate younger audiences.
This season it’s aiming at even younger theatre goers than usual, with Theatre Rites’ Beasty Baby perfect for pre-schoolers and kindergarten kids.
It’s now 115 years since Peter Pan was published. So if the boy who wouldn’t grow up actually had, he’d be the oldest man in the world by now.
But despite the years that have passed, JM Barrie’s tale of pirates, crocodiles, Indians and lost boys continues to enchant aud...
December 9, 2019
It’s billed as the greatest fairytale of them all, and it’s certainly a perennially popular festive choice.
So it may come as a surprise to learn the Epstein’s is the only Cinderella in town this season. Just one abandoned glass slipper, a single pair of ugly sisters, a...
Talking mirrors, poison apples, wicked queens. On paper, Snow White could be really quite…Grimm.
But this is panto land, where everyone hums a merry tune, the baddies get their comeuppance (oh yes they do) and the heroine always gets her prince.
There’s much to appreciat...
November 27, 2019
Whatever else is going on in the world, there are thankfully some constants in life – one of them being the Everyman rock ‘n’ roll panto.
And here it is, launching Liverpool’s helter skelter rush towards Christmas with its colourful mix of feisty heroines, hapless heroe...
November 24, 2019
Half a century after he released his debut album, Sir Elton Hercules John is having a moment – driven by the success of flamboyant big screen biopic Rocket Man and an imminent ‘farewell’ tour.
And Rocket Man the song was one of 22 numbers featured in this buoyant celebr...