Old favourites and new companies are set to head for Liverpool’s Everyman and Playhouse theatres this autumn.
There are returns for Cornwall-based Kneehigh, which produced the acclaimed Dead Dog in a Suitcase, as well as Max Stafford-Clark’s Out of Joint Theatre Company, Graeae (pictured above), Shon Dale-Jones (aka Hugh Hughes), Northern Broadsides, and Headlong – which presents a new production of the acclaimed West End hit People, Places and Things at the Playhouse in November.
Meanwhile there is a first visit to the city for the world-renowned Market Theatre Johannesburg as part of a national tour with its show The Suitcase.
Kneehigh will open the non-repertory winter season at the Everyman on September 28, with a new version of the ‘riotous’ fairytale The Tin Drum.
The show, a co-production between Kneehigh, the Everyman & Playhouse and West Yorkshire Playhouse, will be made in Liverpool and will reunite Dead Dog team Mike Shepherd (director), Carl Grose (writer) and composer Charles Hazlewood.
Deaf and disabled theatre company Graeae returns to the Everyman in October with Reasons to be Cheerful – the story of legendary rocker Ian Dury and a group of fans’ desperate journey to see their idol.
And the Everyman is also the stage for a second work from Manfred Karge, author of the Rep Season’s Conquest of the South Pole, with Man to Man, a one-woman play set in Nazi Germany, being performed in October.
The Everyman’s Rock ‘n’ Roll panto this season is The Little Mermaid, while the Playhouse’s Christmas offering is Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which will be directed by Loveday Ingram, who is currently working on Julius Caesar at Chester’s new Storyhouse.
Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz said: “Join us for a season of old friends and new relationships, the traditional and the game-changing, the home-grown and the international, all chosen to dazzle and thrill our audiences.”
For full details of the new season visit the Everyman and Playhouse website HERE.