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The Tiger Who Came To Tea Roars Back into the Epstein Theatre this Month!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea is roaring back into Liverpool and it’s almost time to welcome that hungry tiger through our doors once more!

This month sees the return of the truly magical Olivier Award nominated West End production as it opens on Thursday 30 March at the Epstein Theatre, Liverpool for a three day run of five fantastic performances.  Don’t miss out on this limited run of performances, book today to avoid disappointment!

Adapted and directed by David Wood OBE, Judith Kerr’s ever popular tale, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, is the ideal introduction to theatre for children aged three plus and the perfect treat for the whole family.

When Sophie and her Mummy welcome the hungry Tiger to tea, he proceeds to eat all the sandwiches, buns, biscuits and more. He even manages to drink all the water in the tap! What will Sophie’s Daddy say when he gets home?

Join the Tiger, Sophie and her Mummy and Daddy, in this musical slice of teatime mayhem with sing-a-long songs, oodles of magic and interactive fun.

David Wood is undisputedly the country’s leading writer and director of plays and musicals for children, whose many successes include: The Gingerbread Man, Guess How Much I Love You, eight Roald Dahl adaptations including West End hits The BFG, The Witches and George’s Marvellous Medicine; and the Olivier Award winning Goodnight Mister Tom.

The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her Mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be?

What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!

A musical play adapted and directed by David Wood, based on the much-loved book by Judith Kerr, designed by Susie Caulcutt, movement director Emma Clayton and Music Arranger / Supervisor Peter Pontzen. Tour cast to be announced. The Tiger Who Came to Tea is produced by Nick Brooke Ltd.

Watch the trailer at:

The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Epstein Theatre, Hanover House, 85 Hanover St, Liverpool L1 3DZ

Thursday 30 – Saturday 1 April 2017

Performance Times: Thu 1.30pm, Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm, Sat 11am & 2pm.

Box Office: 0844 888 4411


 Running time: 55 minutes – no interval

 Suitable for ages 3+

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The Narnia Experience Returns To Liverpool’s St George’s Hall Next Month

Following its sell-out run in 2013, The Narnia Experience returns to St George’s Hall next month; the critically acclaimed interactive walk-through experience is back from 8 – 25 February and tickets are on sale now.

Brought to life once again by Crosby-based community theatre charity In Another Place, the company also behind 2016’s hugely successful production, The Alice Experience.

Visitors are invited to step through the enchanted wardrobe where they will discover a wintery forest scene and whisked to the magical land of Narnia. Take on the role of either Lucy or Edmund and follow the adventure from their perspective in this classic children’s tale by C.S. Lewis.

The Great Hall will be beautifully transformed as visitors go on a journey through the White Forest and across the land of Narnia in this large-scale, immersive and interactive trail. Get set to meet all the favourite characters along the way including Mr Tumnus, Mrs Beaver and The White Witch.

The Narnia Experience is an ideal day out for the whole family, from children 3+ to adults alike, and is perfect to enjoy during the February half-term holidays.

Set to be a huge production, In Another Place have gathered a team of around 500 volunteers to produce the event who have been drawn from community groups and churches across Liverpool, many individuals are also getting involved.

This event is expected to sell-out fast, so be sure to book your tickets early and don’t miss out visiting Narnia!

The Narnia Experience returns to St George’s Hall from 8 – 25 February and is open daily from 9:30am – 7:30pm with admittance every 15 minutes.

St Georges Hall General Manager Alan Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome back the team at In Another Place, their previous productions of Narnia and Alice Experience were incredibly well received by the public. The creativity and vision in their set designs and the characters they bring to life are always astounding. I would definitely recommend booking fast as I imagine this to be another sell-out!”

Annie Spiers, Artistic Director said: “This is not just walking through the amazing scenery, but meeting the characters as they bring the story to life in this walk-through performance. This is an experience all ages will love”.

There will be four Autism friendly performances on Tue 21st February between 6:15pm – 7pm specifically designed to welcome those who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment. A BSL performance is also available at 7:30pm on Saturday 18 February.

The Narnia Experience

St George’s Hall, North Entrance, William Brown Street, Liverpool

Wednesday 8 – Saturday 25 February

Times: Daily from 9:30am – 7:30pm (at 15 minute intervals)

Tickets Prices:

Mon & Tue: Child £6/ Adult £8

Wed & Thu: Child £7/ Adult £10

Fri & Sat: Child £10/ Adult: £13

Fri 10th: Child £6/ Adult £8


Purchase in person at Echo Arena Liverpool, Kings Dock, Liverpool, online at or on 0844 800 0410.

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WICKED, the West End and Broadway musical phenomenon that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz, is delighted to confirm that its spectacular, multi record-breaking and critically acclaimed touring production will return to the Liverpool Empire in 2018. One of the most successful productions in the venue’s history, WICKED was previously seen by over 68,000 people – equivalent to 1 in 7 people in Liverpool – during its celebrated engagement in September/October 2014.

WICKED returns for four weeks only from Wednesday 7 to Saturday 31 March 2018. Tickets go on sale from next week:

ATG Theatre Card Members priority on-sale: Wednesday 25th January

Groups of 10+ on-sale: Monday 30th Janaury

General on-sale: Wednesday 1st February

Executive Producer Michael McCabe said: “We were overwhelmed by the incredible response from audiences and critics alike when we first brought Wicked to Liverpool in 2014, and it is extraordinary to think that over 68,000 people came and saw us. The whole team at the Liverpool Empire showed such tremendous enthusiasm and support, and we’re all really delighted to return to this legendary venue.”

The Liverpool Empire’s General Manager, Diane Belding said: “Wicked is one of the most popular musicals there is and we are honoured to be welcoming the production back to the Empire stage. During its run here in 2014, seeing thousands of smiling faces leaving the theatre after every performance was truly magical. I’m sure Liverpool will fall under its spell once again when the production returns to the city next year.”

Acclaimed as “one of the greatest musicals of our time” (Daily Mail), “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard) and “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes and show-stopping songs by three-time Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz.

This spectacular production of WICKED, acclaimed by the Northern Echo as “the ultimate Broadway experience for theatre audiences all over the UK”, played a fifteen-city tour of the UK & Ireland from September 2013 – July 2015, winning five-star rave reviews at every venue. It resumed touring in July 2016 to embark on a major international tour including engagements in Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai and Beijing, before returning to the UK & Ireland in 2018.

WICKED is already the 17th longest running show in West End theatre history and recently celebrated a decade of performances at London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it continues an open-ended run. Around the world, WICKED has now been seen by over 50 million people in 15 countries, and won over 100 major awards.

WICKED has music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell and Disney’s Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Enchanted) and is based on the acclaimed novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

WICKED is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe.

Casting for the 2018 UK & Ireland Tour is to be announced.

Performance times:

Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm, Wed & Sat matinees 2.30pm. Extra matinees on Thur 8th & Thur 29th March

Tickets from £12

Empire Theatre Box Office ¦ 0844 871 3017 ¦

*(Fees may apply to online/phone bookings. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge)

WICKED is suitable for a general audience. As a guide to parents, guardians and teachers, it is recommended for ages 7+. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Children under 3 years of age will not be admitted.

Official website:

Twitter: @WickedUK

Facebook: /WickedUK  |  Instagram: @WickedUK

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Orb Events is delighted to announce a brand-new festival for Spring 2017 – the New Brighton Seaside Festival!

The fantastic three-day family festival will take place over the Spring Bank Holiday (27-29 May). It will take over a huge space between Fort Perch Rock and the Floral Pavilion Theatre on the Marine Promenade in New Brighton.

As well as offering an exciting programme of fun seaside-themed entertainment, the event is set to showcase the best of homegrown seasonal fayre featuring a host of regional producers and introducing a raft of new spring menus from local chefs, restaurants and food businesses.

The first large scale seaside festival of its kind in the area, the weekender is the brainchild of Liverpool event management company Orb Events, the team behind some of the city’s largest festivals including the award-winning Liverpool Loves,Liverpool Pride, and Farm Feast.

The organisers aim to capture the traditional seaside charm of New Brighton while offering an invigorating programme for the whole region to get involved in.

The festival will provide a memorable day out at the seaside – with a varied programme of fun activities each day that families can attend throughout the weekend encouraging festival goers to stay for the whole Bank Holiday.

Foodies can take their pick from a plethora of food traders, take a stroll over to the gin garden and artisan market, get involved with the cookery demos or head to the undercover seating area to sample some craft beer or dabble in a cocktail class or two.

All the while, they will be serenaded by live music from the main stage, from buoyant sea shanty choruses to mesmerising acoustic performances, with plenty of pop-up musical entertainment taking place throughout the site to transport visitors into a coastal utopia.

For the young at heart, a full children’s activity programme will be taking place each day including Punch and Judy style puppet shows, funfair, an on-site crafter van, planting workshops and bush craft classes to boot.

The Festival begins at 10am each day from Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29. With a varied and interactive programme across three days, the weekend is guaranteed to put a spring in the step of family visitors just in time for the Bank Holiday break.

Organiser Debbie Boyd from Orb Events commented: “Following on from such a successful 2016 summer stint, we wanted to create a dynamic family feel festival that celebrates the hidden charm, culture and heritage of New Brighton.

“We’ve received high demand for a Springtime event and with that in mind we’re delighted to be holding a three-day seaside extravaganza against the fantastic backdrop of the iconic Lighthouse and the grandeur of Fort Perch Rock.”

“We’re excited to be embracing a modern vision for the area and bringing an eclectic programme to the public. Expect everything from storytelling to shucking competitions, lots of live music, mermaids and even a pirate puppy parade!

Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 13 via Ticketquarter and are priced £5 for adults and £3 for children.

Weekend ticket packages are available for those visiting for more than one day and children under 3 go free. Take advantage of the Early Bird Weekend Family Tickets for just £50.

The full programme of activities will be announced soon. A park and ride service will be available. For more information visit

Follow us on Facebook/NBseasidefestival and Twitter @NBSeasideFest


Online at or telephone 0844 8000 410

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One day Monty found a book ‘Inventions Very Rare’. Create yourself a monster friend but only if you dare!

Bring your little monsters to the Epstein Theatre for an afternoon of magic and mayhem on Tuesday, 21stFebruary when Big Wooden Horse present… Monstersaurus!

This brand-new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monstrously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but now he has made them all, how is he going to get rid of them?!

This energetic show full of thrills and spills, magic and mayhem will delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of audience participation!

Theatre manager, Rebekah Pichilingi, said: “Our little Epsteinees will love this show which is colourful, fun and full of crazy creatures – it’s the perfect way to entertain your little monsters!”

The show runs for 50 minutes and is suitable for children aged three and over. So book your tickets now for this monstrously amazing family show!



Date: Tuesday, February 21st 2017

Time: 11am & 2pm

Tickets: £13.50, family ticket £43.

To book tickets please call 0844 888 4411* or go online at * or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 2pm – 6pm Monday – Thursday and 12pm-6pm FridaySaturday.

*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy

For more details check out and join our mailing list. Follow us on Facebook and twitter @EpsteinTheatre.

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Children’s Touring Partnership is delighted to announce the full cast for the first UK Tour of Running Wild by Michael Morpurgo in an adaptation by Samuel Adamson, beginning at Chichester Festival Theatre on 10 February 2017. 

The lead role of Lilly will be shared by three young actresses, Jemima Bennett, India Brown and Annika Whiston. Dad/Red Bandana will be played by Kazeem Toisin Amore, Grandma by Liz Crowther, Mahout/Kaya by Stephen Hoo. Dr Geraldine by Corinna Powlesland, Mr Anthony by Jack Sandle and Mum will be played by Balvinder Sopal.

The puppeteers will be Darcy Collins (Frank, the baby orangutan), Romina Hytten (orangutan Mani Head), Fred Davis (Mani Body), Elisa de Grey (elephant Oona Trunk), James Charlton (Oona Head), Michael Peters (Oona Heart), and Wela Mbusi (Oona Hind), with Gareth Aled and Scarlet Wilderink as alternate puppeteers.

Michael Morpurgo’s novel, based on a true story, is brought to life in this award-winning production, which has been described by critics as ‘inspiring’, ‘evocative, ‘imaginative’ and ‘life-affirming’.  Originally produced by Regent’s Park Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre, this epic production, complete with spectacular life-size puppets, tells an emotional and moving story of love, loss and loyalty and of living for the moment.

Running Wild is the story is of a girl named Lilly, who, whilst on holiday with her mother in Indonesia, takes an elephant ride.  During the ride, Oona, the elephant, suddenly becomes anxious and runs from the beach deep into the jungle.  With Lilly on her back, they escape moments before the tsunami hits the island.  Miles from civilisation, at first there’s wonder, discovery and tree-top adventures with the orangutans, but, as thoughts turn to her mother left behind on the beach, and wild tigers prowl, and hunger hits, Lilly must now learn to survive the rainforest.  And then the hunters come…

Michael Morpurgo, the former children’s laureate and author of War Horse, was inspired by the real-life story of Amber Owen, who was on holiday in Phuket with her mother and stepfather in 2004, when she went on an elephant ride.  While riding Ning Nong along the beach, the eight-year-old noticed the elephant was attempting to pull away from the receding sea water.  “He ran away and, as the water came in, I was safely on his back.  He saved my life.”  When he read Amber’s story in the newspaper, Michael Morpurgo said it was the one bit of hope amid the destruction of the Boxing Day tsunami which hit South East Asia.  The production will work to support the Born Free Foundation’s global elephant conservation projects.

Originated by Chichester Festival Youth Theatre, when it won a prestigious UK Theatre Award, before receiving its London premiere at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, Running Wild is co-directed by CFT’s Education Director Dale Rooks and Artistic Director of Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre Timothy Sheader, with set and costume design by Paul Wills, puppetry design and direction by Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié for Gyre & Gimble, both previous Associate Puppetry Directors on War Horse, original songs and composition by Rod Paton, additional music by Nick Powell and Louise Anna Duggan, sound score by Nick Powell, lighting design by James Whiteside, sound design by Nick Sagar and movement direction by Georgina Lamb.  Casting director for the UK Tour is Polly Jerrold, with original casting for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre by Jessica Ronane CDG.

The UK Tour of Running Wild has received Arts Council funding.

For more information


Facebook: RunningWildLive

Twitter: @runningwildlive


10-17 February 2017 Chichester Festival Theatre 01234 781312

22 – 25 February 2017 Belgrade Theatre, Coventry 024 7655 3055

7 – 11 March 2017 Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield 0114 249 6000

14 – 18 March 2017 Wycombe Swan 01494 512 000

22 – 25 March 2017 Hackney Empire, London 020 8985 2424

4 – 8 April Grand Theatre, Blackpool 01253 290190

11 – 15 April West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds 0113 213 7700

18 – 22 April 2017 The Lowry, Salford 0843 208 6000

25 – 29 April 2017 Theatre Royal, Norwich 01603 630000

2 – 6 May 2017 Kings Theatre, Edinburgh 0131 529 6000

9 – 13 May 2017 Newcastle Theatre Royal 0844 811 2121

16 – 20 May 2017 Theatre Royal Plymouth 01752 267 222

23 – 27 May 2017 Royal & Derngate, Northampton  01604 624811

31 May – 3 June 2017  The Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury                01227 787787

6 – 10 June 2017 Wolverhampton Grand Theatre 01902 429 212

Running time: 110 mins including interval

Age guidance: 6+

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The Marriage of Figaro: Unwrapped – A free, hour-long taster!

Scottish Opera’s hit production of The Marriage of Figaro, directed by the great British baritone Sir Thomas Allen, is coming to Liverpool’s Empire Theatre for two performances only, on 5 and 7 January 2017. In addition, the company are offering a FREE event that gives an insight into the show and how it was created.

The Marriage of Figaro features beautiful period designs by Simon Higlett, providing the backdrop to this timeless comedy of social revolution and change.

The role of Figaro is performed by former Scottish Opera Emerging Artist Ben McAteer (The Devil Inside 2016) and he is joined by Lucy Hall as Susanna and Jette Parker Young Artist Samuel Dale Johnson as Count Almaviva. The exciting cast is conducted by Timothy Burke.

Whether you’re new to opera or an old hand, you can find out more at The Marriage of Figaro: Unwrapped – a FREE hour-long taster from Scottish Opera, on 6 January at 6pm.

Presented from the stage by Assistant Director Rebecca Hanbury, The Marriage of Figaro Unwrapped features singers, back-stage crew and The Orchestra of Scottish Opera. You’ll hear highlights from the music and be introduced to the principal characters from the opera, the plot and some key scenes. You’ll also find out more about the props, costumes, lighting and direction, as well as some of the theatrical secrets behind the production.

Assistant Director, Rebecca Hanbury, said: “After an acclaimed tour around Scotland, it is exciting for the team to take The Marriage of Figaro to new audiences in Liverpool. Alongside the show, we are bringing our ‘Unwrapped’ performance which takes you behind the scenes of the show. See how our crew achieves huge scene changes in a matter of minutes, meet the team that makes the beautiful costumes, hear our conductor deconstruct the score, and watch the cover cast perform some of the most exquisite moments of the opera.”

Tickets for the Unwrapped event are free but need to be booked in advance. To book, visit the Empire’s box office, call 0844 871 3017 or visit

The Marriage of Figaro tells the story of Count Almaviva – once charming, he has become a scheming bully who spends his days pestering the serving girls. Figaro, his head of staff, is engaged to Susanna, but Almaviva has a particular soft spot for her and is doing everything he can to delay their wedding…

For more details head to the website

You can also follow Scottish Opera on Twitter and Instagram @ScottishOpera

Why not give it a try!

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Preview: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Sat 21 January – Sat 4 February

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time returns to
The Lowry for the New Year.

Starring Wilmslow and Manchester educated David Michaels playing Christopher Boone’s father Ed and Stockport based Bruce McGregor as Reverend Peters.

Adapted from Mark Haddon’s best-selling book by Stockport born Simon Stephens and directed by Manchester born Marianne Elliott and Manchester educated Associate Director Elle While.

Seven Olivier Award winning production follows Christopher Boone, who is fifteen years old.  He stands beside Mrs Shears’ dead dog, which has been speared with a garden fork, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion. He records each fact in a book he is writing to solve the mystery of who murdered Wellington.  He has an extraordinary brain, and is exceptional at maths while ill-equipped to interpret everyday life.  He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and distrusts strangers.  But his detective work, forbidden by his father, takes him on a frightening journey that upturns his world.

For further details and tickets head to the Lowry website.

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Is it a bird…? Is it a plane…? No, it’s SuperBooty and she’s going to pack a punch at the Epstein Theatre next February!

SuperBooty is a brand new musical comedy brought to you by The Epstein Theatre’s very own panto dame, Michael Chapman!

Packed with non-stop knockabout naughtiness and nine nutty ninjas, SuperBooty is a fun-filled show for all the family which tells the story of a brand-new superhero we can all relate to – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary gift.

Starring Britain’s Got Talent 2016 finalist – Boogie Storm’s Lewis Pryor, Liverpool singing sensation Hayley Hampson, BBC’s ‘Young Dancer of the Year’ finalist, Harry Popper, and the award-winning Anamal Dance Company, this is a show that promises to kick some serious booty! 

The show is written by Michael Chapman, star, writer and director of the Epstein’s beloved Easter and Christmas pantos.

Having written many pantos over the years and played the dame countless times, Michael is proud to present his first big non-panto production.

He explained: “I’ve written loads of ‘fringe’-type shows over the years – small scale stuff. SuperBooty is the first show I’ve written for such a big cast.

 “It’s about a clumsy, slightly overweight, naughty superhero who has a tendency to mess everything up but somehow she manages to inspire the belief in people that anything is possible. Oh, and she can fly!” 

Michael conjured up the SuperBooty character a couple of years ago when he was working on Jack and the Beanstalk at the Epstein.

He revealed: “There was a problem with the ‘killing of the giant’ scene so I came up with the idea that Jack’s Mum would come on as a dodgy superhero and save the day.

 “She was only on stage for two minutes but, she received a fantastic reaction. People were writing in to the theatre asking if she would be in the next panto! So, I wrote a show all about her!”

Michael’s fellow panto performers Lesley Butler and Lewis Pryor star in the show which sees the baddie, Dr Demeanour(played by Butler), turn little innocent children into an army of strawberry-blonde ninjas and devise a plan to take over the world. SuperBooty and her son, Anti-Freeze (played by Pryor), join forces to foil that plan…

Panto stalwart Tom Burroughs plays Keith, the owner of an embarrassingly bad dance school. Hayley Hampson stars as his daughter, Michelle. Harry Barnes (aka incredible dancer Harry Popper) plays the science project gone wrong, Frank Funkenstein. Danny Burns plays Cliff, a deluded contemporary dance choreographer and Katie Cross is a time traveller.

The audience can look forward to watching crazy characters literally flying across the stage, lots of daft jokes and world class dancing provided by Harry Popper and Anamal Dance Company! There is also some very funky music courtesy ofMichael and Danny Smith, the musical director.

Theatre manager, Rebekah Pichilingi, said: If you’ve ever enjoyed one of our pantos then you will love SuperBooty. It’s a family show – suitable for people of all ages – so book your tickets now for the funniest and funkiest new show in town.”

 To book tickets call 0844 888 4411,visit or book in person at thetheatre box office (open 2-6pm Mon-Thu, 12-6 Fri-Sat). 

Performance Details


Date: Friday 17th – Sunday 19th February 2017

Time: Performance times vary

Tickets: Adults £17, concessions £15

*Suitable for age five and over

*All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy.


Venue Details

The Epstein Theatre

85 Hanover Street,


L1 3DZ