Reopened in 2014 following a comprehensive rebuild, the Everyman Theatre is partnered with the rather more grandiose Playhouse. Over the years it has nurtured plenty of homegrown talent who have gone on to become international names in theatre, TV and film including Willy Russell, Alan Bleasdale, Julie Walters and Pete Postlethwaite since opening in 1964.
The Everyman continued to command top stars in its native productions, with David Morrissey starring as Macbeth in the final full production before closure and demolition. In previous years Postlethwaite and Jonathan Pryce starred in King Lear and The Caretaker respectively. The Everyman continues to attract big names and Liverpool’s theatrical alumni with dozens of shows every year.
Since its refurb the Everyman Theatre has boasted a winning combination of locally-themed and touring productions, dazzling Shakespearean updates and quality national acts. Plus there’s the annual rock-and-roll pantomime – a festive treat for adults and children alike featuring the hilarious combination of twin panto dames Adam Keast and Francis Tucker.
Liverpool’s famed theatre for the masses boasts a strong cultural legacy of its own and boasts a high proportion or original productions. In a nod to its origins – as a hub of music, poetry and performance – the Everyman also stages comedy shows and frequently hosted music in the Bistro cellar bar. It’s a popular hang-out for arty types and late-night drinkers before closure but there’s food available during the day too.