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The Playhouse Theatre in Liverpool

Liverpool Playhouse

The Liverpool Playhouse is a theatre in Williamson Square. It originated in 1866 as a music hall, and in 1911 developed into a repertory theatre. In 1999 a trust was formed, joining the management of the Playhouse with that of the Everyman Theatre.

Little Girl Giant

Laura Davis reflects on her time as Liverpool Post Arts Editor

Five glorious years for the Arts in Liverpool

Aladdin the Rock'n'roll panto at Liverpool Playhouse pictured Lottie Longbottom (Francis Tucker) with Monty (Adam Keast). Photo by Colin Lane

A giant shrimp, sexy witch and a pair of giant Jammie Dodgers make the Playhouse panto the most ridiculous yet

IF Sarah A Nixon and Mark Chatterton hadn't had their attentions diverted to writing pantomimes what they would be doing instead is a terrifying thought.

Francis Tucker and Adam Keast by Liverpool's Chinese Arch

Meet the panto stars who have clocked up 25 Playhouse shows between them

"Our double act is like a comfy pair of old shoes"

Deborah McAndrew & Conrad Nelson Picture: NOBBY CLARK

Northern Broadsides show there's more to theatre than Mamma Mia! again

Conrad Nelson on bringing The Grand Gesture  to the Liverpool Playhouse

Mark Arends as Winston Smith & Hara Yannas as Julia in a scene from 1984

Unexpected adaptation invites you to experience Orwell's disconcerting world

THE appropriate words for describing Headlong’s production of 1984 were surely edited out of the ninth edition of the Newspeak dictionary.

A scene from 1984 by George Orwell at the Nottingham Playhouse. Directed by Robert Icke.
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1984 brings original Big Brother back to town

Orwell's bleak vision of the future to be brought to life in Liverpool

Mark Thomas
Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Mark Thomas and his smorgasbord of naughtiness

Comedian on his 100 Acts of Minor Dissent show coming to the  Liverpool Playhouse

Stuart Richman

Theatre Review: A Day of Pleasure, Playhouse Studio

Stories of long ago make for an enjoyable night

A Day In The Death of Joe Egg at the Liverpool Playhouse: Ralf Little as Bri, with Jessica Bastick- Vines as Joe and Rebecca Johnson as his wife Sheila (left)

Liverpool Playhouse actress nominated for prestigious theatre award

Theatre Awards UK winners to be announced on October 20

Zoe Hunter (puppeteer) and Remmie Milner (Melody) in Melody Loses Her Mojo at the Liverpool Playhouse

REVIEW: Melody Loses Her Mojo, Liverpool Playhouse

ITS creators have described it as “like holding an old school rave in a stately home” and there is certainly something about watching a piece of hip hop theatre performed under a proscenium arch that gives it an extra edge.

Gemma Bodinetz and Deborah Aydon break ground on the new Everyman site

We saw Liverpool get its swagger back and feel like the centre of the creative universe again

It’s been 10 years since Gemma Bodinetz and Deborah Aydon took over the helm of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse. Here they choose their favourite moments so far

The cast rehearsal for Melody loses her Mojo at the Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool

Like holding an old school rave in a stately home

Hip-hop meets theatre in Melody loses her mojo

George Costigan as Porfiry and Adam Best as Raskolnikov
Credit Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

George is drawn to a life of crime

Everyman alumnus George Costigan on starring in Crime and Punishment at the Liverpool  Playhouse

George Costigan backstage at the Playhouse during the 2005 run of The Odd Couple

Everyman old boy George Costigan to return to Liverpool stage

George Costigan, 65, who was a member of the Everyman company from 1974-82, will play detective Porfiry in the new stage adaptation of  Fyodor Dostoyevsky's classic novel. 

Ben Turner as Amir in The Kite Runner Picture: Robert Day

THEATRE REVIEW: The Kite Runner, Liverpool Playhouse

Matthew Spangler’s adaptation, directed by Giles Croft, does an excellent – if at times breathless – job of keeping pace.

Ben Turner as Amir in The Kite Runner Picture: Robert Day

THEATRE INTERVIEW: Casualty’s Ben Turner on starring in The Kite Runner at the Liverpool Playhouse

Starring in The Kite Runner reminds Ben Turner of the sights and smells of childhood visits to Iran, he tells Laura Davis

Oliver Farnworth and Suranne Jones in Beautiful Thing

THEATRE REVIEW: Beautiful Thing starring Suranne Jones, Liverpool Playhouse

IT OPENS with the sighting of a rainbow, the universal symbol of gay rights, yet there is nothing of the heavy-handed campaigner about Jonathan Harvey’s writing in Beautiful Thing.

Suranne Jones during The Laurence Olivier Awards at the Royal Opera House in London, England

THEATRE INTERVIEW: Suranne Jones and Jonathan Harvey on Beautiful Thing at the Liverpool Playhouse

Suranne Jones and Jonathan Harvey talk to Laura Davis about the 20th anniversary production of Beautiful Thing.

THEATRE REVIEW: Rutherford and Son directed by Sir Jonathan Miller, Liverpool Playhouse

A SUFFOCATING air of resentment and dissatisfaction hangs over Githa Sowerby’s 1912 play Rutherford and Son, revived by the rarely disappointing Northern Broadsides.

jonathon millar

THEATRE INTERVIEW: Sir Jonathan Miller on directing Northern Broadside’s Rutherford and Son

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The incomparable Jonathan Miller talks to Laura Davis about directing the latest Northern Broadside’s play to visit the Liverpool Playhouse.


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