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Liverpool Everyman to hold open house celebration

The Liverpool Everyman is celebrating a double anniversary with a special ‘open house’ this month.

The event on Saturday, March 23, marks both the Everyman’s 60th birthday and also the tenth anniversary of the Hope Street theatre’s reopening after an award-winning £24million rebuild.

Visitors to this year’s open event will have the chance to peek behind the scenes and meet members of the team who create theatrical magic.

The day will begin with the unveiling of the Frederick Douglass plaque, a permanent installation designed by Liverpool-born artist Vicki Opomu, to commemorate and honour the legacy of the prominent African American abolitionist and former slave who spoke at the then Hope Hall on a visit to Liverpool in January 1860.

The programme includes backstage tours, Q&A sessions, technical talks, children’s workshops and family-friendly activities, and an archival area hosted by Liverpool John Moores University which will offer a glimpse into the Everyman’s past.

There will also be a chance to enjoy a discussion about The Legend of Ned Ludd, the opening show of the 60th anniversary, with writer Joe Ward Munrow and its cast who have just started rehearsals.

And the event will come to a close with a tea party for people depicted on the Portrait Wall on the front of the Everyman.

Everyman and Playhouse chief executive Mark Da Vanzo says: “We can't wait to open our doors to all as we kick start our 60th year of celebrations at the Everyman. It's always a joy to share insights into what we do and reveal some of our backstage secrets, with tours, talks and activities across the whole building.

“The Everyman means so much to so many, and as current custodians of this iconic venue, the team and I are really looking forward to welcoming you.”

The Everyman Open House takes place on Saturday, March 23 from 11am to 3pm. More HERE


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