Liverpool’s newest theatrical space The Hope Street Theatre will officially open its doors on Sunday 23 September, 2018.
Based inside the grade two listed Masonic Hall opposite the Everyman Theatre, this ideally located venue will be supporting, local and professional companies based in and around the city and will also produce its own series of in-house productions including dramas, musicals, comedy and cabaret nights.
The launch will include talks from Liverpool celebrity Joe McGann alongside Blood Brothers actor, director and producer Daniel Taylor. Nick Rogers and Sam Donovan, The Hope Street Theatre’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director will also talk about their vision for the space. The launch event will also see a number of live performances including Adam McCoy and the Performers Choir, Rare Choir, Grace Galloway and musical excerpts performed by the casts of Aladdin and Long Joan Silver. This will then be followed by an opening night party at the newly renamed Hope Street Theatre Cocktail Bar (Formally the Masonic Bar). The launch is by invite only.
Forthcoming productions at The Hope Street Theatre include; a revival of Jennifer Haley’s crime thriller The Nether presented by Falling Doors Theatre (26 – 29 Sept). The Discordia Exhibition (3 – 6 Oct) will blur the boundaries between art gallery and theatre performance fusing the disciplines of visual art, choreography and music composition.
Amelia Bullmore’s tragicomedy Di, Viv and Rosewill follow (8 – 11 Oct). Ashley Ali’s heart-felt comedy Life After Life will play for just two nights (12 – 13 Oct) James Lacey’s cabaret hit Confessions of a Touring Nun makes a welcome return (14 Oct), while Liverpool Arts Society will present the world première of new pirate based musical Long Joan Silver (17 – 23 Oct). Liverpool based Tell Tale will present their latest production At Last (24 – 25 Oct).
The Hope Street Theatre will become home to Impropriety’s mammoth 33.5hour improvathaon Where There’s A Will (27 – 28 Oct) which will be followed by Travis Alabanza’s Burgerz(18 Nov) which is presented as part of the 2018 Homotopia Festival. Ellie Hurt directs Henry Naylor’s award-winning play The Collector (7 – 10 Nov) before the venue will then present its first in-house production with a revival of Patrick Marber’s Olivier Award winning, dark and twisted tale Closer (14 – 17 Nov). Burning Books (19 Nov) is a powerful drama that looks at the daily battle facing teachers today. A new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Gray (20 – 24 Nov) will make its mark before Drops of Light CIC round up the year with a month long run of the pantomime Aladdin (1 – 30 Dec).
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