News from Everyman & Playhouse Theatres…
Spring-Summer 2007 season announced
Our final season before the European Capital of Culture year next year, what we affectionately think of as our ‘drum roll’ season, is now open for booking. This Autumn is rich in variety, building on our growing reputation for excellence and the success of previous seasons which have produced no less than ten world premières in 3 years.
Our opening ‘Made in Liverpool’ production is Intemperance at the Everyman. A major new work on Liverpool’s history by exciting new Liverpool writer Lizzie Nunnery (Unprotected), Intemperance is a story of hope and ambition in the shadow of the new St George’s Hall.
The Playhouse sees the arrival of a phenomenal new dramatisation of Simon Schama’s Rough Crossings. As the American War of Independence reaches its climax, a plantation slave and a British Naval Officer embark on an epic journey in search of freedom. Based on a true story, Rough Crossings is a mammoth co-production between these theatres, Headlong Theatre Company, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Birmingham Rep and Lyric Hammersmith.
Our in-house productions for this season are wrapped up with – what else? – the Everyman and Playhouse Christmas shows. The children of The Flint Street Nativity return to the Playhouse due to popular demand for our unique re-telling of the greatest story ever told and the Everyman sees the return of the ever-popular rock ‘n’ roll panto with Aladdin – Genie in the Sky with Diamonds.
This season the quality and variety of our visiting companies is evident in the extraordinary creative teams we are bringing to Liverpool from around the UK and Europe. With classics, family productions, physical theatre and new writing, we not only welcome back some Liverpool favourites with Barry Rutter’s Northern Broadsides, Frantic Assembly, and Watershed Theatre, but also the Actors Touring Company with a new play directed by Liverpool-born Bijan Sheibani and the highly acclaimed English Touring Theatre’s production of The Changeling. Completing the mix are the founding artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Mark Rylance, appearing in I Am Shakespeare, a screwball comedy at the Playhouse; Told by an Idiot’s imaginative and irreverent look at the life of Casanova by Carol Ann Duffy; Vicky Ireland’s adaptation of Jacqueline Wilson’s The Suitcase Kid for 7-12 year olds; and Roger McGough and Brian Patten celebrating the 40th anniversary of the publication of The Mersey Sound for one night at the Everyman in October.
As we approach the European Capital of Culture year we are delighted to be collaborating with our friends along Hope Street at unitytheatre to bring two of the most innovative theatre companies in Europe to Liverpool. This miniature international festival on Hope Street, brought to us by Aurora Nova, paves the way for 2008, as Czech company Farm in Cave visit the Everyman with their production of Sclavi/The Song of an Emigrant, whilst unitytheatre welcomes the Jo Stromgen Kompani from Norway with The Convent. Finally, the debut production of the Everyman and Playhouse Youth Theatre takes to the Everyman stage in October as over forty young people from across Merseyside come together to produce an exciting new abridged version of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
More information on all these production is, of course available at www.everymanplayhouse.com, where tickets can also be booked online.