theatre/shows is you're thing, then you will be glad to know that you
will be spoilt for choice in Merseyside with its many productions taking
place all year round.
The Empire Theatre has all year round productions.
Box office sizzlers such as the excellent Blood Brothers, Grease, Cats,
Annie and many more top West End musicals grace the theatre's stage
on a regular basis.
Other venues such as the Everyman and the
Philharmonic Hall stage the cream of local writers and cutting
edge drama, as well as popular national productions and top British
comedy. The Everyman also has popular attached Bistro where a meal for
two can cost as little as £20.
The Philharmonic Hall (Hope Street) which has recently been fully
refurbished to its original splendour attracts most top performers from
all over the globe, weather it be Vannesa Mae or the Kinks, a splendid
time is guaranteed for all (isn't that off some Beatles record?). Note:
The Everyman and Philarmonic theatres give a lot back to their communities
and in recent times been under financial pressure to 'tighten their
belts', but have nethertheless continued to stage some great productions
as well as giving local talent the opportunites to succeed in the industry.
Please support these theatres in any way you can. If you would like
to make a donation or enquire about sponsorship, please contact the
venues - details below.
Neptune Theatre is another good venue where you can see a variety
of different acts ranging from childrens productions like Sleeping Beauty
to cutting edge comedy and music such as the eighties super group Squeeze.
The theatre's aim is: 'to stage new talent and through this venue Liverpool
audiences get a chance to see shows that otherwise only appear in London
or at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival'.
If you prefer you're theatre radical and innovative,
then the you'll love what the Unity Theatre has to
offer. In its new building in in Hope Place, the Unity offers both performance
and independent film at very affordable prices, with discounts for students
and loads of special deals were you see many acts for just the one fee.
An excellent night out can be had - beleive me.
Playhouse Theatre (Williamson Square) is the oldest Repertory
theatre in the UK (1865) and has in the past been a venue for the likes
of legends such as: Noel Coward Rex Harrison, Cecil Parker, etc. The theatre
today stages all the regular classics such as Chekhov's "The Seagull",
through to contemporary drama, comedy and musicals. The theate has recently
closed due to inadequate funding, but it is currently rumoured that the
venue will re-open in 2000. Watch this space for info as it becomes available.
Filming in the City
Liverpool is the most filmed city in the UK outside London. Because
of the city's magnificent and somewhat varied forms of architecture,
the city has doubled for other locations such as: London, Dublin, St
Petersburg, Moscow and Venice. Various films include: 51st State, Chariots
of Fire, In the Name of the Father, The Priest, Hunt for Red October
and The Titanic. Several period based dramas using particular buildings
to represent specific times in history have also used the city as well
as endless television shows.
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