Liverpool Theatre Festival returns for a third year


Liverpool Theatre Festival is set to return to the Bombed Out Church for a third year.

The festival will be staged at the Liverpool landmark from August 31 to September 11.

And the festival’s complementary Little LTF – championing new work and talent – will also take place again, this time running from May 2-8.

The festival’s creator, producer and artistic director Bill Elms said today: “We’re incredibly excited to announce the return of Liverpool Theatre Festival for a third consecutive year, and Little LTF is back for a second year.

“When the pandemic struck, the creative arts and live performance sector of Liverpool City Region was hit hard. Live theatre has been my passion for more than 30 years and I just had to do something to help.

“Given the support we’ve received since we announced the first festival in August 2020, you can really feel just how much live performance and entertainment means to people. People were desperate to experience that thrill once again. And now we’re back with a main festival for established work and performers, and a fringe event to showcase and celebrate new work.

Above: Bill Elms. Photo by Wesley Storey. Top: Liverpool Theatre Festival. Photo by David Munn.


“The festival has already established itself as a staple in the city’s annual theatre calendar. Success stories are now being created as a direct result of the festival, with a number of shows now going on to achieve greater success in regional venues and touring the UK.”

A commitment to supporting local and regional talent means that in 2021, a total of 30 local and regional diverse theatrical productions were staged over the main festival and Little LTF – resulting in almost 200 performers, musicians and creatives involved and working as the pandemic continued.

The main festival programme is yet to be revealed.

But submissions are now open for work created by people in the city region or wider North West to be considered for inclusion in Little LTF.

Submissions will be considered by a five-strong selection panel of industry professionals, and the closing date is March 18.

For more details on how to submit work, or to keep up-to-date with festival programme announcements, visit the website HERE