This autumn sees the Liverpool Playhouse Theatre celebrate the new season ahead with some incredible and stunning productions that are sure to add to the spice of life within the city.

Gemma Bodinetz and Deborah Aydon unveiled the programme for the months ahead and paid glowing tributes to some of the shows that have been on at the Playhouse and Everyman theatres the last couple of years and which are still making tremendous and well deserved headlines on both sides of the Atlantic. These included the New York Times and its glowing review of Jonathon Pryce in The Caretaker, the sensational The Ladykillers which has just finished its West End run and is now set to tour the country and Liverpool born Kim Cattrall returning to her much admired role as Cleopatra at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

The shows coming to the Liverpool Playhouse include some rarely performed pieces in the city and some plays that show how the reputation of the city precedes most other towns and cities in which actors, writers and directors are clamouring to bring their work.

After the summer shows of The Norman Conquests and The Match Box finish The Playhouse presents the first show of the new season, the 17th century satirical farce by Ben Jonson, The Alchemist, which will run from the 14th September to the 6th October. October is a busy month for the theatre and echoes the thought of the Playhouse being one of the theatres at the forefront of people’s minds as A Day of Pleasure, The Sacred Flame, Hugh Hughes, Wayne McGregor/Random Dance and the incredible Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner all make their way to the much loved stage.

Two of the much loved theatre companies that bring joy and laughter to Liverpool audiences whenever they bring their shows to the city will return as well in November. Both Kneehigh Theatre and Northern Broadsides have long proud associations with the Playhouse/Everyman and audiences will no doubt look forward to both companies bringing their productions of one of Galton and Simpson’s career making creations, Steptoe and Son and Gogol’s A Government Inspector respectively. Alongside these two plays in November is the first play written by one the Everyman and Playhouse Young Writers graduates, Joe Ward Munrow. Held received a rehearsed reading at the theatre’s Everyword 2011 and is sure to be an excellent night in the Playhouse Studio.

The end of the year wouldn’t be the same without the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto by Sarah A. Nixon and Mark Chatterton. This staple of the festive period is always one the most eagerly awaited highlights of the theatre year and always guarantees a great night out for the whole family and friends alike. This year’s panto promises music, mayhem, a sprinkling of water and some magic beans as Jack and the Beanstalk makes its way to the Playhouse.

As in years gone by, the Playhouse team, led by Deborah Aydon and Gemma Bodinetz, have given the theatre audiences of Liverpool a cornucopia of delights to look forward to and relish in.

Tickets for all shows are available from the Box-office or online at from the 21st May and tickets for all shows start at £10. Family packages for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto are available which range from £32-£82.


Ian D. Hall