Eurovision themed show coming to Liverpool’s Royal Court next May
1 year ago
Eurovision is coming to Liverpool in May 2023 and to coincide with the contest the Royal Court are putting on a show perfect for local and the many visitors descending on the city.
Liverpool’s Royal Court has announced their entertainment for May 2023, programmed to coincide with the hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Renowned Liverpool playwright Jonathan Harvey (Gimme Gimme Gimme, Beautiful Thing, Our Lady of Blundellsands) has written a brand new show packed with Eurovision hits. A Thong For Europe – Liverpool Calling is on sale now!
The show is set in Liverpool and the cast includes Emma Bispham, Eithne Browne and Lindzi Germain with more to be confirmed soon. The theatre will be donating £1 from every ticket sold to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Lulu, proud owner of Litherland’s largest lingerie fabricator, is the biggest Eurovision nut that you will ever meet. Conceived to the beat of ABBA’s tambourine, she only drinks Bucks Fizz and Sonia had to take out a restraining order against her in 2002.
When Liverpool won the right to host the competition, she knew that this was her big chance to make her dream come true and be there on the night itself. In order to help the Eurovision community, she offered up her house to anybody who needed a place to stay (for a small fee) and has been rewarded with a visit from Beryl, the singing star of the newly discovered nation of Balkania.
What Beryl lacks in grace and talent, she makes up for in wildly misplaced confidence but can Lulu help her defeat the odds and get to the final at the Arena? With a little help from Lulu’s son Terry, her late mother Debbie and a choreographer who rather be anywhere else but here, she is going to give it her best shot.
Writer Jonathan Harvey: “It’s long been an ambition of mine to get a play on at the Royal Court as whenever I go I have an absolute scream – and get my tea into the bargain. As a massive Eurovision fan I think we’re all ready for larger than life comedy that celebrates our city and the contest. Let’s hope we score a resounding douze points!”
Liverpool’s Royal Court Executive Producer Kevin Fearon said: “I am delighted that Jonathan has agreed to write this new show, we have all been big fans of his for a long time and I’m looking forward to working with him. Liverpool was made for events like Eurovision and I know that the city will be absolutely buzzing with great events next year. We had a think what we could do to join the party and a big, new comedy packed with music seemed to be the perfect fit.
“We know that the only reason that Liverpool is hosting this year is because of the terrible situation in Ukraine. We will be donating £1 from every ticket sold to the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal so this show can help those who need it most.”