Our top 5 theatrical highlights of 2015!
It’s been a massive year for the stages of Liverpool in 2015! We’ve had everything: touring musicals, huge comedies, and some of the best theatre shows in the country produced in Liverpool. From the Liverpool Empire, Everyman, Playhouse, and the Royal Court, we’ve had it all!
So we take a look back at our biggest highlights to grace the stage in 2015…
NO. 5 – Beauty and the Beast (Epstein Theatre)
At number 5, it has to be Ritchie Neville from Five at the Epstein Panto in Beauty and the Beast.
NO.4 – Diry Dancing (Liverpool Empire)
It was all about Dirty Dancing at the Liverpool Empire Theatre, where Ellie Phillips went backstage for her very own dance lesson.
NO. 3 – Educating Rita (Playhouse Theatre)
Saw two of Liverpool’s finest actors coming together to perform in Educating Rita. Leanne Best and Con O’Neill spoke to us backstage as they were rehearsing for the Playhouse show.
NO. 2 – Shrek the Musical (Liverpool Empire Theatre)
At number 2 of course has to be the big green ogre himself in the swamps of the Liverpool Empire. Shrek the Musical came to town and we went behind the scenes to meet little Lord Farquaad.
NO. 1 – Let it Be (Royal Court)
It has to be one of the biggest shows in the world, the biggest show in fact to ever grace the stage at the Royal Court Theatre. We were there on the night of John Lennon’s 75th birthday for Let it Be and spoke to the crowds to see what they thought of the big Beatles spectacle.
So that’s our run down of the best shows of 2015! Plenty to come in 2016 too…
2016 at the Royal Court, we’ll see Brick up the Mersey Tunnel return to the stage, and a great play Down the Dock Road starring Les Dennis.
The Epstein has Apprentice star and Celebrity big Brother winner, James Hill starring in their Easter pantomime Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs. Plus straight from Broadway comes Lennon – through a Glass Onion, a celebration of the genius, music and life of one of Liverpool’s most famous sons.
Over at the Empire we have musicals like Footloose, Alexandra Burke brings The Bodyguard to town, and David Hasselhoff himself will be in Liverpool for Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.
The Everyman & Playhouse have announced a collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe on two plays in 2016, the bard’s 400th anniversary year. Everyman & Playhouse Associate Director Nick Bagnall will direct The Two Gentlemen of Verona which will play a number of venues in Britain and abroad before dates at the Everyman while Jonathan Pryce leads the cast in The Merchant of Venice at the Playhouse ahead of a world tour.
Currently running at The Playhouse Theatre is The Haunting of Hill House, a psychological thriller, just to get you in the mood for Christmas and the New Year. That runs until the January 16th.
We can’t wait to bring you more theatre news at The Guide Liverpool in 2016!