Special Measures by Mark Davies Markham

Special Measures by Mark Davies Markham

A brand new comedy

4 April to 3 May 2014 A brand new comedy about teachers, politics and losing the plot!

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St George's Day Festival

St George's Day Festival

FREE family fun in and around the historic area of the city centre

The St George’s Quarter presents its second St George’s Day Festival with more FREE family fun in and around the…

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Sex And The Suburbs

Sex And The Suburbs

Claire Sweeney stars in a brand new comedy

9 May to 7 June Claire Sweeney stars in a brand new comedy about dating, men and finding Mr Right!

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Lennon The Musical

Lennon The Musical

The West End Hit, The Story of a Legend

From 13 June to 19 July. Starring John Power Click the "more" button to book!

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In My Life - Mark McGann And Pepperland

In My Life - Mark McGann And Pepperland

Liverpool’s very own Mark McGann - for one night only!

24 August. John Lennon’s In My Life stars Liverpool’s very own Mark McGann

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Bouncers

Bouncers

It's 1985 and Ralph, Les, Judd and Lucky Eric are on the doors of The Grafton.

25 July to 16 August After rave reviews last year Bouncers is back for an extra run!

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Scouse of the Antarctic

Scouse of the Antarctic

Starring Mickey Starke

21 Nov 2014 - 17 Jan 2015 The Royal Court Christmas show is back and this time it’s cooler than…

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Royal Court Variety Lunch Club

Royal Court Variety Lunch Club

Wednesday afternoons in the main theatre

Running throughout the year on Wednesday afternoons in the main theatre and is open to anyone who wants to enjoy…

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Heritage Tours

Heritage Tours

Explore your theatre

Behind the scenes tours of one of Liverpool's best loved buildings. Tours are run by The Royal Court Liverpool Trust

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Pre-show Dining

Pre-show Dining

Dine at your table for just £10

Dine at your table before the show for just £10 for the complete Royal Court experience.

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A Brief History

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The site of the Royal Court Theatre has been at the heart of Liverpool culture for nearly 200 years. It was first opened in 1826 as Cookes New Circus and renamed in 1831 as Cooke’s Amphitheatre of Arts, presenting a programme of opera, music, theatre and ballet.

It was renamed the Royal Court Theatre in 1881 and was the number one touring venue in Liverpool for popular theatre until the 1970s when it was taken over by Merseyside County Council.

Vivien Leigh, John Gielgud, Lawrence Olivier, Yul Brynner, Margot Fonteyn, Ken Dodd and Ralph Richardson are just some of the names that appeared on stage during this period. Dame Judi Dench made her acting debut at the Royal Court in 1957 and has recently agreed to be a Patron of the Trust, supporting its campaign to renovate the theatre.

The theatre was destroyed by fire in 1933 and rebuilt in 1938 in the current Art Deco style of the era. The theatre has exemplary acoustics and sight-lines and boasts the biggest revolve stage outside of the West End. After 1976 the theatre was let on a series of short-term licences to commercial operators. It was primarily used as a rock venue in the latter part of the 20th century, hosting big names such as R.E.M, David Bowie and Oasis, and then as a comedy venue.

The theatre has undergone something of a renaissance in the last three years. The current operating company have developed a unique style of theatre for Liverpool audiences (and increasingly audiences from outside of the region). Theatre that is produced in Liverpool, starring Liverpool actors, written by Liverpool writers is proving a huge success. In the last year, over 200,000 people have visited the theatre and experienced the unique cabaret-style stalls seating, dinner offer and drinks before the show.

The combination of a robust operating company, a busy theatre attracting new, suportive local audiences, the formation of the Royal Court Liverpool Trust and support from local agencies (including North West Development Agency, Arts Council North West, English Heritage and Heritage Lottery Fund) is unprecedented in the last 70 years of the theatre. We look forward to working together to secure its future.