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Downstairs at Royal Court reveals spring programme

The Royal Court has revealed its opening programme of shows in its newly-restored and revamped Downstairs space.

The 150-seat basement studio venue has been created as part of the latest round of refurbishment at the Art Deco theatre, which celebrates its 80th birthday this year.

And its spring programme includes a mixture of stand-up comedy, cabaret, musical theatre, comedy drama and music.

Rawhide Comedy Club has made the new basement space its home, with shows each Friday and Saturday night from March 2-3, featuring three top comedians and an MC.

Icons of the stage Judy & Liza come to the studio theatre on March 7-8 as part of a national tour by the Royal Court, with West End star Emma Dears playing Liza Minnelli and Helen Sheals as her mum Judy Garland. Expect a host of great numbers including Maybe This Time and The Man That Got Away.

Meanwhile parents with babies but who still want a laugh can make a date for the It’s a Scream Comedy Club at lunchtimes on March 9 and April 20, when it doesn’t matter if your little one competes with the comedian for air time. The shows are open to anyone over 18 and under 18 months.

Life In Theatre Productions, the team behind Mam I’m ‘Ere, bring their Fabaret cabaret evenings to the stage on March 15 and April 19.

And Royal Court regulars Angela Simm and Danny O’Brien appear in Joanne Sherryden’s bittersweet two-hander Rainbow Connection from April 3-12.

Meanwhile singer Barb Jungr returns to the Liverpool stage on April 25, celebrating the vinyl release of her cult classic CD Every Grain of Sand, performing her own unique interpretations of the music of Bob Dylan.

Finally, the Martini Lounge returns to its roots bringing the best of burlesque back to the Royal Court’s basement on April 26, and with the new show integrating British Sign Language courtesy of drag queen interpreter Dora Belle.

For more detail on all the shows and to book, visit the website HERE

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