An impressive Art Deco monolith in the centre of Liverpool, the Royal Court Theatre predominantly stages comedic productions and comedy acts these days, having undergone several regenerations over the years.
Famed for hosting the likes of Gielgud and Olivier in its day, the venue staged a number of legendary music gigs in the 80s by The Smiths, The Beastie Boys and REM, among others, before emerging as Liverpool’s foremost host to the Scouseploitation genre, with regular Liverpool-centric farces staged as original productions.
Hitting a rich vein of form with these enjoyable productions, the Royal Court has the closest thing to a repertory company – a cast of regulars including former Brookie stars Michael Starke and Suzanne Collins – starring in an ongoing season of knockabout farces with high production values and strong laugh factor.
However, the Royal Court has also stages Shakespearean productions from the local Lodestar Theatre Company and occasional musical events. There’s an excellent heritage tour too, describing the grand old theatre’s past life via a backstage wander through set storage, dressing rooms and loft space.
The Royal Court Theatre also serves food prior to performances, making it the only theatre in the area where you enjoy stand-up comedy while eating a sit-down meal thanks to cabaret-style seating. VIP packages are available and there’s local refreshments from a cafe in brand-new extension The Foyer.
Visiting The Royal Court Theatre
You can buy tickets at the box office between 10.00am – 6.00pm Monday to Saturday, or buy online. Buses to the city centre stop within half a mile of the theatre, while Liverpool Central and Lime Street train stations are both nearby.