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Liverpool Royal Court 80th birthday party plans

The Royal Court is celebrating its 80th birthday with a special evening of music and entertainment this month.

Proceeds from the evening on September 30 will go towards the Roe Street theatre’s community education programme.

The brick-built, Art Deco-designed venue first opened its doors on October 17 1938, five years after a fire destroyed an earlier ‘Royal Court’ on the same site.

Stars who have graced the Royal Court stage over the past eight decades include Peggy Ashcroft, John Gielgud, Vivien Leigh, Richard Burton, Ivor Novello, Sean Connery, Margot Fonteyn, Les Dennis, Patrick Stewart and Judi Dench, who made her professional stage debut playing Ophelia in an Old Vic production of Hamlet in 1957.

The September 30 event will see some of the Royal Court audience’s favourites performing sections from the theatre’s most popular shows over the past decade.

There will also be messages and thanks from “properly major celebs who were here in the olden days” along with live music from the bands who played at the theatre when it was predominately a music venue in 80s and 90s. And the evening will finish with a sing-along.

For more details and tickets visit the website HERE

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