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Shows to look forward to in Liverpool this Autumn

March 16, 2020

The world seems like a very uncertain place right now – so why not look ahead to what’s in store in Liverpool arts venues later in 2020?

Theatres, concert halls and museums and galleries are planning a cornucopia of delights from the later summer and well in to 2021.

From returning musical favourites to Shakespeare classics, classic whodunnits to classical symphonies and global superstars to global art there’s plenty to look forward to.

Brilliant women characters take centre stage at the Royal Court, Playhouse and Empire, as well as at Tate Liverpool which is set to stage the European premiere of Argentinian artist Marta Minujín’s La Menesunda.

And there’s also a packed programme of comedy with big household names planning tours including Jimmy Carr, Jon Richardson and Fascinating Aida at the Philharmonic Hall, and David O’Doherty and Milton Jones at the M&S Bank Arena.

Here are some summer and autumn treats for your cultural diary.


AI: More Than Human – World Museum

July 10-November 1

Opening in July but running until the beginning of November, this is the latest fascinating – and ground-breaking – exhibition to be staged at World Museum.

Expect a show bursting with interactivity and immersive artworks and with a subject matter that offers plenty of food for thought about our future world.

With cutting-edge research projects, and special commissions and projects by international artists, AI: More than Human is being described as an unprecedented survey of the relationship between humans and technology.

More details and tickets HERE


Girls Don’t Play Guitars – Royal Court Liverpool

August 28-September 26

The Royal Court’s smash hit musical Girls Don’t Play Guitars returns by popular demand for a second run at the Roe Street theatre.

Playwright Ian Salmon’s show reveals the untold true story of The Liverbirds, the ‘world’s first all-girl rock ‘n’ roll group.

From The Cavern to Hamburg’s Star Club Mary, Sylvia, Val and Pam did it on their terms, turning down Brian Epstein, hanging out with Jimi Hendrix and driving Chuck Berry wild.

The foot-stomping musical is packed with all the great 60s songs that shook The Cavern, including the Liverbirds’ own hits Peanut Butter and Diddley Daddy.



Cilla the Musical – Liverpool Empire

September 21-October 17

Sheridan Smith returns to the role she seems born to play – that of Scottie Road songbird Cilla Black.

The actress first portrayed the Liverpool star on the small screen in 2014, and now she is set to reprise it on the stage in the musical written by Jeff Pope, the man behind the TV mini-series, much of which was filmed here in the city.

The musical, which originally premiered at the Empire in 2017, will spend a month in residency at the Lime Street theatre before a UK tour.

Read more HERE

Book tickets HERE


The Merchant of Venice – Liverpool Playhouse

September 22-October 3

Actress Tracy-Ann Oberman takes on the role of Shylock in this new version of Shakespeare’s classic tale, transported from Venice to the East End of London circa 1936.

The former EastEnders star, whose Three Sisters on Hope Street was staged at the Everyman in Capital of Culture year, will be directed by Brigid Lamour, with the story audiences know set against the backdrop of fascism sweeping across Europe.

Read more HERE

Book tickets HERE


The Mousetrap – Floral Pavilion

September 28-October 3

Agatha Christie’s iconic stage whodunnit comes to New Brighton this autumn.

A group of people gathered in a country house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a murderer in their midst. Who can it be?
One by one the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts until at the last, nerve-shredding moment the identity and the motive are finally revealed.

The touring cast includes Susan Penhaligon and Steven Elliott.

Book tickets HERE


The Tempest – Epstein Theatre

October 6-10

Daniel Taylor Productions returns to the Epstein Theatre with a new production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The survivors of a shipwreck wash ashore on a remote island and come face to face with the powerful and enigmatic Prospero and his ethereal court of magical creatures.

The company’s previous productions at the Hanover Street venue include Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Book tickets HERE


Masquerade – Epstein Theatre

October 13-17

Laura Lees’ poignant tale of love and loss among Liverpool’s LGBT community in the 1980s won fans during its initial run at the Royal Court Studio in 2019.

Now it’s back, this time in a new staging at the Epstein Theatre and produced by Bill Elms.

Mike loves Tony (but not like that). He’s his best mate. To be confident, outgoing and open is a big deal in a city like Liverpool in 1986.

When they discover The Masquerade Club, Mike gets a taste of the life he could be living.  He is welcomed in with open arms, soon becoming the resident DJ in a club that is the centre of his universe. But their paths go in separate directions.



Elton John - M&S Bank Arena

November 13-14

Sir Elton John brings his massive Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour to Liverpool for three dates this winter.

The superstar singer-songwriter will play two dates at the M&S Bank arena in November and December as part of a planned three-year tour which includes 300 shows across five continents.

Expect all the big hits from Your Song onwards in what is being billed as Elton's final major live tour.



Sister Act – Liverpool Empire

November 16-21

Hallelujah! Sister Act is back and the hit stage musical (based on the hit film) is heading for Liverpool ahead of a run in the West End.

The story has been re-imagined for the 21st century and stars Brenda Edwards (Hairspray, Chicago, Loose Women) in the specially rewritten role of Deloris Van Cartier, the disco diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a murder.

Under protective custody she is hidden in the one place she won’t be found – a convent. Disguised as a nun and under the suspicious watch of Mother Superior, Deloris helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she unexpectedly rediscovers her own.

Tickets HERE


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