Terriers

Terriers

In association with Merseyside Police

Thursday 6 November 2014 Click 'More' to book!

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Badfellas

Badfellas

Don't believe the hype

7 & 8 November Royal Court Liverpool Youth Theatre present a brand new show about bad goodies and good baddies.

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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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Canoeing For Beginners

Canoeing For Beginners

A brilliant comedy about real life and fake death

30 Jan to 28 Feb Drowning in debt? Click 'More' To Book!

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Shed

Shed

Spring is in the air and the spuds are in the ground

10 Apr - 9 May Starring Paul Broughton and Michael Starke Click 'More' To Book!

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Royal Court Variety Lunch Club

Royal Court Variety Lunch Club

Wednesday afternoons in the main theatre

Afternoon cabaret shows featuring the very best Merseyside talent

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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.