The Epstein Theatre today reveals an exciting season of entertainment for autumn/winter 2017 -from thought-provoking drama to sing-along musicals, great music, hilarious comedy and fun for all the family.
The new season opens in starry fashion with the arrival of none other than Peter Andre onSeptember 2. The Antipodean singer and TV star is inviting fans to join him for an ‘evening with’ at the theatre, with some lucky VIP ticket holders getting the chance to meet Peter and have their photographs taken.
The entertainment continues with Jamie Somers & Friends who present variety at its best when they join forces for a show on October 8. The evening follows a similar sold out event earlier this year and is sure to be just as popular.
And it may be cold outside but it will be hot, hot, hot in the auditorium when the hunky Dreamboyspay a visit to the theatre on November 24. The UK’s top male strip show is perfect for a girls night out with all your friends.
Back to September and there’s the wave of a magic wand over the stage. But no, it’s not the arrival of a Fairy Godmother, but rather of the World Stars of Magic. The exciting and fast-moving family show, taking place on September 15-16, features some of the globe’s best magicians including the UK’s Paul Zenon, and Las Vegas headliners Nick Lewin and Armando Lucero.
It’s a magical weekend all together, with Nick Barnes’ family magic show Abracadabra onSeptember 16 promising great fun for both the young and the young at heart.
Hot on the heels of magic is alchemy, with the madcap boffins of TV hit Brainiac Live arriving at the Epstein for an afternoon of wild, weird and wonderful experimental fun on October 26.
And there’s magic and alchemy in the air throughout the Autumn season, with its busy mix of theatre, stand-up, concerts and not forgetting the Epstein’s near-legendary Christmas panto.
Prepare to have your funny bone bumped and your ribs well and truly tickled with a top season of comedy talent that gets underway with Our Rita’s on September 17-18. The confirmed line-up includes Joe Lycett, Gary Delaney (September 17 only) and Tanyalee Davis, and the event forms part of this year’s Liverpool Comedy Festival.
The comedy continues on September 27 when Irish hip-hop comedy freestyle duo Abandomanbring their Life + Rhymes show to the city, following an acclaimed sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe.
Veteran Liverpool comedian Stan Boardman shares his memories with Epstein audiences in An Audience With on September 29, and the outrageous American ‘comedian, magician, psychopath’Jerry Sadowitz pays a visit to the theatre on October 5. Meanwhile former Never Mind the Buzzcocks chairman Simon Amstell is embarking on his fifth UK tour, What Is This, whichpromises to be a deeply personal, funny exploration of beauty, intimacy, freedom, sex and love. See him on November 2.
Gok Wan – Naked and Baring All, on November 15, sees the TV fashion guru revealing all about his life, from humble beginnings on a Leicester council estate, to becoming one of the country’s most recognised faces.
And award-winning Jason Byrne returns to the Epstein on November 23 with his hilarious new show The Man With Three Brains. The fastest thinking comic around will not only trip himself up, but probably you too.
Music lovers are in for a treat this season with the Epstein’s musical offering which has something for everyone – from Darkside Performing the Pink Floyd Show on October 7 and My Leonard Cohen, a tribute to the great singer-songwriter from October 13-15, to Wannabe – the Spice Girls Story (October 19).
There are also tributes to the late great Marc Bolan, 40 years after his death, with a visit fromT.Rextasy on November 16, while the next evening the music of Swedish superstars Abba is celebrated in Gimmie Abba.
There are also a host of original artists making a date with the Epstein during the Autumn.
10CC’s Graham Gouldman formed Heart Full of Songs six years ago, purely for the pleasure of playing his songs in the simplest form possible – acoustically. Now Liverpool audiences can hear him do just that, with his appearance at the Epstein on October 3.
You won’t want to miss The Pies + Mark Roberts on October 20. Liverpool’s legendary graffiti band will play a rare live set at the Epstein following up on the release of their Best of Pies album. And they will be supported by the world’s greatest streaker, Mark Roberts, doing a stand-up spot.
Liverpool favourite Joe Longthorne appears at the theatre on November 3 in a show that was originally due to take place at the end of May. He will appear with his sensational live band and a special guest artist. And 80s singer Hazel O’Connor brings her big vocals to Liverpool onNovember 21, performing all the hits from her first three albums including Breaking Glass.
Back by popular demand, Last Train to Auschwitz returns to the Epstein for a run of shows fromSeptember 21-24. The poignant play, which stars Crissy Rock, promises to take its audience on a rollercoaster of emotions.
It’s a hard knock life for LHK Youth Theatre which presents Annie the Musical from November 10-12, while The Heath Perform and LIPA 4:19 present a special schools edition of the iconic musicalLes Miserables on November 18-19.
Young audiences are at the heart of much of the Epstein’s Autumn programme.
Along with magic and science, young theatregoers are invited to click their heels and follow the yellow brick road to make a date for the hugely popular The Wizard of Oz, starring EastEnders’Cheryl Fergison as the Wicked Witch of the West, which comes to the theatre for three days fromOctober 27-29.
Little ones will love The Night Pirates on November 4-5. Adapted from the best-selling children’s book by Peter Harris and Deborah Allwright, it tells the tale of a group of little girl pirates who descend on a young boy called Tom at bedtime. Eager to join the pirate adventure, Tom uses his house as a pirate ship and sets sail to retrieve stolen treasure from Captain Patch and the bumbling grown-up pirates.
Finally, this year’s fantastic festive show sees a return for the boy who never grew up. Families are invited to fly away on a flight of fancy and fun with Peter Pan.
The show features 90s boyband star Dane Bowers as Peter Pan’s arch nemesis Captain Hook, 2016 Britain’s Got Talent contestant Lewis Pryor flying across the stage as the titular Peter, and Radio City 2’s Claire Simmo who will be adding lots of glitz and sparkle as Tinkerbell.
Theatre manager, Rebekah Pichilingi, said: “Yet again we’ve put together a brilliant line-up of shows for our autumn/winter season, with something to appeal to everyone, whatever your taste or budget, from comedy to family entertainment, and drama to some great musical tributes and original artists.
“The team and I are confident we will be welcoming you back once more to this delightful theatre in the heart of Liverpool.”
An Evening With Peter Andre
Date: Saturday 2 September
Tickets: VIP gold tickets £100, VIP silver tickets £60, standard tickets £30
World Stars of Magic
Date: Friday 15 - Saturday 16 September
Tickets: £18. Concessions £16.50.
Date: Saturday September 16
Our Rita’s: Live With Joe Lycett & Co
Date: Sunday September 17 – Monday September 18
Tickets: £25 (Sunday) £20 (Monday)
Last Train to Auschwitz
Date: Thursday 21 – Sunday September 24
Time: 8pm (September 21-22), 2pm and 8pm (September 23), 5pm (September 24)
Abandoman: Life + Rhymes
Date: Wednesday September 27
An Audience With Stan Boardman
Date: Friday September 29
10CC’s Graham Gouldman & Heart Full of Songs
Date: Tuesday October 3
Jerry Sadowicz – Comedian, Magician, Psychopath!
Date: Thursday October 5
Darkside Performing the Pink Floyd Show
Date: Saturday October 7
Jamie Somers & Friends
Date: Sunday October 8
My Leonard Cohen
Date: Friday 13 – Sunday October 15
Time: 8pm (Friday), 1.30pm and 8pm (Saturday), 6pm (Sunday)
Tickets: From £16
Wannabe – The Spice Girls Show
Date: Thursday October 19
Tickets: £19.50. Concessions £17.50.
The Pies + Mark Roberts
Date: Friday October 20
Date: Thursday October 26
Tickets: £15 (£13 concessions)
The Wizard of Oz
Date: Friday 27 – Sunday October 29
Time: 6pm (Friday), 10.30am, 1pm and 6pm (Saturday), 12noon and 4pm (Sunday).
Tickets: From £13
Simon Amstell: What Is This?
Date: Thursday November 2
Date: Friday November 3
The Night Pirates
Date: Saturday 4 – Sunday November 5
Time: 1.30pm (Saturday), 11am and 2pm (Sunday)
Tickets: £13.50. Family ticket £46.
Annie - The Musical
Date: Friday 10 – Sunday November 12
Time: 7pm (Friday), 1.30pm and 6pm (Saturday), 2pm (Sunday)
Tickets: £16.50. Concessions £14.50.
Gok Wan – Naked and Baring All
Date: Wednesday November 15
Date: Thursday November 16
Date: Friday November 17
Time: 1.30pm (Saturday), 11am and 2pm (Sunday)
Tickets: £19.50. Concessions £17.50.
The Heath Perform/Lipa 4:19 ‘Les Miserables’
Date: Saturday 18 – Sunday November 19
Time: 7pm (Saturday), 2pm and 7pm (Sunday)
Date: Tuesday November 21
Jason Byrne – The Man With Three Brains
Date: Thursday November 23
Date: Friday November 24
Time: 3pm and 7pm
Tickets: £23.50. VIP tickets £28.50
Jack and the Beanstalk
Date: Saturday December 2
Date: Friday 8 December – Monday January 1
Time: start times vary
Tickets: From £10-£63
To book tickets please call 0844 888 4411* or go online at www.epsteinliverpool.co.uk * or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 2pm - 6pm Monday - Thursday and 12pm-6pm Friday - Saturday.
*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy
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