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Everyman and Playhouse 2020 spring season revealed

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse has revealed its full programme of shows for spring 2020.

Theatre bosses are promising “bold new works, re-imagined tales, shows for the family and exciting one-night shows”.

The first wave of casting for Jonathan Harvey’s Our Lady of Blundellsands – getting its world premiere at the Everyman in March – has also been announced.

Elsewhere, La Navet Bete brings its brand of slapstick comedy to Liverpool with The Three Musketeers: A Comedy Adventure from April 28 to May 2.

Blending folk music and theatre, The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at the Everyman from May 14-16 completes the season with a visit to the Everyman.

The production, written by folk trio The Young’uns and directed by The Last Ship director Lorne Campbell, follows the footsteps of a working class hero who chose not to look the other way when the world needed his help, and took part in some of the momentous events of the 1930s.

Shandyland. Photo by Ed Clark Photography

Shandyland, a co-production with Northern Stage, comes to the Everyman from May 27 to June 7. Based around a family-run northern pub, audiences are promised a story about the frustration of abandoned working-class communities.

And a community-led participatory project by playwright Molly Taylor will be developed with the support of the Everyman & Playhouse’s New Works department for the Everyman stage. ROAR will culminate in a performance at the Everyman in June 2020, and the project is looking for football fans to be a part of the action in the New Year.

Young theatregoers can enjoy and bedtime favourite Oi Frog & Friends (February 26-29) and Julia Donaldson’s Zog (April 8-11).

Comedy one-nighters at the Playhouse include John Shuttleworth (January 25), Ed Byrne (May 14), Mark Thomas (May 13-14) and Adam Buxton (May 16), while Clive Anderson brings his first ever solo tour to the Everyman on May 23.

Roddy Doyle. Photo by Anthony Woods

Meanwhile Stacey Dooley visits the Playhouse on February 20, an Irish novelist Roddy Doyle takes place in a special ‘in conversation’ at the theatre on March 10.

The newly-announced shows join previously revealed productions including The Woman in Black (January 27 – February 1), An Inspector Calls (February 4-8), I Think We Are Alone (February 11-15), Night of the Living Dead (February 18-22), SIX the musical (March 3-7), J M Barrie’s Quality Street (March 17-21), Holes (March 24-28), Ghost Stories (March 31-April 4) and Dial M for Murder (May 19-23).

Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz said: "We have an extraordinary spring season this year featuring a wealth of new writing and the very best of touring work from around the country.

“We’re proud to produce the world premiere of Our Lady of Blundellsands by Liverpool playwright Jonathan Harvey, directed by Nick Bagnall and featuring a stellar cast. Also, at the Everyman is Shandyland – a remarkable new play by Bruntwood Prize-winning playwright Gareth Farr.”

Tickets for the new season are on the website HERE

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