Associate director Nick Bagnall’s vision for Sweeney Todd at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre is unique, intense and exciting, bringing out the very best of the venue and its performers.
It may be a time of change at the Everyman, but if there’s one thing we can rely on it’s all the fun of the rock ‘n’ roll panto in The Snow Queen.
The Everyman rep company is wrapping up its second successful season this month with a reprise of all four of the very diverse productions it has been staging since the start of the year including Paint Your Wagon.
The Almeida Theatre was named London Theatre of the Year at The Stage Awards 2018, the second time the venue has won in the category.
Here we are again at the end of another year; so without further ado, here’s a bit of a list – the best theatre and performance from Liverpool (and surrounds) of 2017.
The Tin Drum is an assault on the senses, a wild, unrelenting ride that jolts its audience out of any complacency and dazzles bright.
As the Everyman’s company season continues, The Story Giant takes to the stage. An adaptation of a tale by Mersey Poet Brian Patten, it brings together a wealth of the theatre’s backstage talent for a real family affair.
Tradition is indeed the main theme of this classic musical – not the usual fodder for this particular Liverpool stage, you will agree; the tale of Tevye, the turn-of the century Russian peasant wishing he were a rich man, battling the wills of his five daughters and keeping the Jewish faith.
The story starts in 2009 with Paul, a fortysomething professional who works in computing, returning to his home town, Skelmersdale, a 1960s overspill from Liverpool. Now living in Dublin, he’s come to see his mother, Hazel, who migrated to Britain from Ireland because she was an unmarried mother.
New play about two friends who grow up together is well structured, if a bit slender.
A lovely good news story for the start of the year comes from Liverpool actor Lewis Bray, who set up a modest crowdfunding campaign to raise the last bit of cash to take his one-man show on the road and hit his target in less than 24 hours.
It’s the big reveal Liverpool theatreland has been waiting for this morning, as the Everyman announced the actors who will form its new, rejuvenated rep company concept in the new year.
At the End of Everything Else is the company’s second show, a follow on from its debut Something Very Far Away. It’s ‘carbon friendly’, which means most of the electricity required is produced by on-stage pedal power.
The stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner is to transfer to the West End for a strictly limited 12-week season at Wyndham’s Theatre from Wednesday 21 December 2016 to Saturday 11 March 2017. Press night is Tuesday 10 January at 7.00pm.
UNDER THE BRIDGE, MEN UNDER PRESSURE “You gonna have a revolution”: the last words of Arthur Miller’s angry “play for the screen”, echo here with an interrogative lift. But the filmscript was too revolutionary to handle for Elia Kazan and … Continue reading →
In this new year gorgefest of lists, The Stage‘s annually compiled Stage 100 of the top influencers in theatre takes the cake. Launched in January 1997, The Stage 100 is now in its 19th year and always makes for fascinating reading – and, I’m sure, lots of behind the scenes disagreements on risers, fallers, inclusions and omissions. […]