TWO GREAT THEATRES,
ONE CREATIVE HEART
The Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, two distinct theatres in different parts of the city, work hand-in-hand to produce a wide-ranging programme of acclaimed and adventurous theatre. We work continuously with writers and other artists to develop new talent and to bring you new stories and new experiences.
We have deep roots in our community here at home, combined with national and international creative connections. We collaborate often with like-minded producers, to widen our creative horizons and help our productions to travel outside the city. We work with the greatest artists and with those who have yet to discover how great they could be.
Now and Next
In February Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz directed the opening play of the year, with Roger McGough’s new adaptation of the Molière classic The Misanthrope. The ‘McGoughière’ team were reunited with co-producers English Touring Theatre and it is currently on a nine-date national tour.
In April, we collaborated with the Rose Theatre Kingston on a hugely acclaimed new production of Peter Nichols’s fast-paced black comedy A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, directed by the Rose’s Artistic Director Stephen Unwin. This major revival received its première in Liverpool prior to its London run.
In May it is the London Première of last year's Studio smash hit The Match Box by Frank McGuinness at London's Tricycle Theatre.
We will also present the European première of The Kite Runner, adapted for stage by Matthew Spangler from Khaled Hosseini’s international bestseller. Joining forces with Nottingham Playhouse, this co-production directed by Nottingham Playhouse Artistic Director Giles Croft opens in Nottingham before arriving in Liverpool in June.
Also in June The Ladykillers returns to the West End following a hugely successful UK tour in 2013.
We are very excited this year to host some of the highest quality children’s theatre from companies of international repute, including the first-ever work specifically for families and young people by Complicite with Lionboy and Northern Ballet with Ugly Duckling. Italian company Teatro Kismet have adapted Phillip Pullman’s I Was A Rat! for the stage and popular children’s character Spot the dog will also visit with Spot's Birthday Party.
Jonathan Miller returns to the British stage for the first time in five years to direct Northern Broadsides’s production of Githa Sowerby's Rutherford and Son, Northern Stage present Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills, while Jonathan Harvey's revival of his celebrated play Beautiful Thing comes to the Playhouse in May.
This Spring saw the fifth production by Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) with Papertown - devised by YEP Young Writers with the YEP Young Actors for this new production of site-specific theatre presented working with LIPA student design undergraduates at Camp and Furnace in the city centre.
And we are hard at work creating a new incarnation of the Everyman which will open up a new world of creative possibility on Hope Street. Due for completed at the end of the year.
Artistic Director: Gemma Bodinetz
Executive Director: Deborah Aydon
Photo: Stephanie de Leng