5 shows coming to Liverpool to broaden your cultural horizons
We want to let you know not only about the big production shows, but the events which will give you something unexpected. Every fortnight The Guide Liverpool picks out the best shows in theatre and comedy coming to Liverpool in the coming weeks.
Here, we’ve got Strictly stars, Hitchcockian high jinx and much more.
Putting On The Ritz
Empire Theatre, 6th-10th October
This song and dance extravaganza celebrates the work of legendary composers George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. With stars from BBCs Strictly Come Dancing coming into town it’s a perfect opportunity to dust off your glad rags and get jiving. Local lad Ray Quinn joins a cast of leading dancers including Robin Windsor and Anya Garnis in what is bound to be one of the shows of the autumn.
Unity Theatre, 8th October only
Over on Hope Place there is something completely different in the form of Birdhouse. This comedy/horror production comes to Liverpool for one night only and it looks as though you will have to be quick to get your ticket. The award-nominated show tells the story of some of the cast in the classic Alfred Hitchcock film The Birds, who have got stuck in the nearby Coronet Cinema with the constant threat of murderous avian attack outside. Performed by the Le Coq-trained Jammy Voo along with a live score, expect this to be surreal, leftfield but utterly thrilling.
The Odyssey: Missing Presumed Dead
Everyman Playhouse, until 17th October
Revered poet Simon Armitage again mines the fertile ground of Greek mythology with a modern take on the classic tale. After their successful collaboration, The Last Days of Troy, Armitage has once again teamed up with director Nick Bagnall to bring to life the misadventure of a high ranking government minister. An ambitious concept which includes sirens, cyclops, witches and whirlpools will surely make this a fantastic spectacle as well as an engaging story.
Top Joe’s Regular Gig w/ Liam Pickford
The Well Space, 17th October only
Cult character Top Joe returns from a successful run of shows at Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his own residency at The Well Space on Roscoe Street. The amiable Welshman welcomes specials guests Liam Pickford and Esa Shields in the first night of music and comedy mayhem. Top Joe has a history of initiating berocca alms givings, discussing 80s power pop and pondering the merits of Buddhism. So expect a night with a difference!
Cabaret From The Shadows
The Lantern Theatre, 8th and 9th October
If you enjoy fringe theatre, it does not get any more fringe than this. Based on a group of socially rejected creatures living on the periphery of Liverpool, Cabaret From The Shadows will be as dark as it is humorous. All Victorian oddness and freak show wonderment, this will be a gruesomely absurd evening of entertainment.