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Why we can’t wait to welcome Musicals back to Liverpool’s theatres


Live performance, entertainment and musicals are returning to Liverpool and we absolutely can’t wait.

It’s been a long lockdown, but with July 19th set as the new date for the end of restrictions, we are starting to get excited for the upcoming shows.

Liverpool Royal Courts’ Marketing Manager, Iain Christie, said he thinks Liverpool is ready for musical theatre to make a comeback.

He said: “Liverpool, like the rest of the world, has had a really tough time over the last 15 months.

“But there is nothing that puts a smile on your face more than a big, fresh musical.

“Whether it’s a piece of new writing, or an old favourite, you’re guaranteed a great night out when you come and see musical theatre.” 

To help you decide which musical you should book next, here are 6 musicals to look out for this year in Liverpool.

Everybody’s talking about Jamie

This critically acclaimed West End musical will be visiting Liverpool’s Empire Theatre later this year.

The show centres around a sixteen-year-old from a council estate in Sheffield, overcoming prejudice and becoming the best he can be.

This musical is described as ‘funny, fabulous and feelgood’ and would be the perfect option for an evening out in Liverpool.

Starring Layton Williams and Shane Richie, the show will run from October 27 – October 31.

For information and tickets, click here.

Homebaked the Musical

Few Liverpudlians are yet to try a pie from Homebaked in Anfield, and now the bakery even has its own musical!

Following the story of the local community transforming an old bakery, this show even has a community choir from Anfield on stage.

Iain said: “It’s a great, warm musical and one of those stories that could only happen in Liverpool and we’re excited to put that on stage here.”

There are ‘bags of music and belly laughs’ in the show which runs from September 24 – October 23 at Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre.

To find out more information and grab a ticket, head here.


You have probably sung your fair share of Hairspray songs before stumbling upon this list, but now you can look forward to singing along live.

This show is set in 1962 and follows a ‘big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart’ as she decides to audition for her dream career.

This one could have you ‘dancing the night away’ as early as August 30 and runs until September 4 at the Liverpool Empire Theatre.

To book a ticket and read more, click here.

Matthew Bourne’s The Midnight Bell

Matthew Bourne is probably most renowned for ‘Swan Lake’, or the ‘Nutcracker’, but now his new show is coming to Liverpool.

The Liverpool Playhouse theatre is welcoming this show which is said to have been inspired by the great English novelist, Patrick Hamilton.

Though not a traditional ‘musical’, it is described as a ‘Dance Theatre event not to be missed’.

The show goes back to the 1930s to look at the ‘nightlife’ of Londeners in the The Midnight Bell, delivering ‘lovelorn affairs of the heart; bitter comedies of longing, frustration, betrayal and redemption’.

It will run from October 19 – October 23 and for tickets and information, click here.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

This timeless, Disney classic will be showing at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in time for the end of September.

It’s been described as being ‘spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations’ and is perfect for a family day out.

Beauty and the Beast follows the tale of a young woman whose life turns upside down when she crosses paths with the ‘beast’.

The show runs between September 23 – October 16.

Find out more and grab a ticket here.


This Scouse classic has been adapted by Maurice Bessman, directed by Miriam Mussa and will be performed at Liverpool’s Royal Court.

Though not strictly a musical, it’s use of music and scouse comedy will definitely leave you wanting more.

Iain said: “Bouncers has got some great music that will have you tapping your toes whilst laughing your head off.”

It’s also run by Boisterous Theatre Company, whose aim is to create opportunities for black and ethnic minorities in Liverpool.

With contemporary tunes, you will definitely enjoy this one, which is running from August 13 – September 11.

Make sure to get your tickets by clicking here.

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