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Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse announce new season of shows

The Everyman. Photograph © Emma Hillier
The Everyman. Photograph © Emma Hillier

Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse has announced a new season of work, the first under Creative Director Suba Das.

The newly announced programme includes three world premiere productions, the 40th-anniversary production of Caryl Churchill’s Top Girls and new collaborations with celebrated UK Theatre companies.

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Opening the season will be new ‘queer love story’ A Billion Times I Love You (27 September – 8 October) by Patrick Maguire, a graduate of the award-winning Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) programme, which is celebrating its 10th year, and directed by fellow YEP graduate Jess Meade.

Meade said: “I feel really honoured to be opening Suba’s season with this bold, brave and beautiful queer love story and incredibly grateful to be supported by Suba and the team at the Everyman & Playhouse in this exciting next step of my career.

“My relationship began with their young director development programme, YEP Directors, so this opportunity is particularly special to me. It all feels very full circle!”

Rock 'n' Roll panto Red Riding Hood logo

Suba will direct the return of Everyman’s rock ‘n’ roll panto which for 2022 will be Red Riding Hood (25 November – 14 January) while in March 2023 the venue’s Creative Director will also helm 40th anniversary of Top Girls, Caryl Churchill’s seminal play examining what it means or takes for a woman to succeed.

He said: “I’m blown away to have Caryl Churchill’s permission to create what we hope will be a landmark revival of one of the most incredible, important plays ever written. I’m profoundly aware of the responsibilities I have as a man leading this production and I hope more than anything to give space and opportunity to a fully inclusive all-female identifying creative team and company.

“In the 40 years since the play was written there has been so much progress, but as abortion rights are rolled back in America, and the “culture wars” around gender grow ever more toxic, it’s clear there are still battles to fight. This production is the small contribution I can make towards more conversation and understanding. And I’m so excited that in the roles of Marlene and Joyce especially, two sisters who have made very different choices for their lives, I’ll hopefully have the opportunity to bring some of Liverpool’s legendary female acting talent back on to our stage.”

Next year will also see the premiere of a new musical adaptation of Alice In Wonderland in a co-production with Stockroom.

Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director of Stockroom said: “We are delighted to be coming to Liverpool Playhouse next year with our adaptation of Alice in Wonderland. It’s very exciting to be working with Suba and the team on this modern musical riff on a timeless classic.

“I am very proud of our diverse team of writers who have created a fun, cool, and contemporary interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s novel that should be just as appealing to teenagers and young adults as it is for the whole family.”

Another show confirmed for 2023 is a new stage adaptation of The Beekeeper of Aleppo by Nesrin Alrefaai and Matthew Spangler based on the novel by Christy Lefteri. Directed by Miranda Cromwell (Death of a Salesman), the co-production, in association with Nottingham Playhouse and UK Productions will run at the Playhouse from 1 to 11 March.

Six The Musical tour poster

Meanwhile touring productions visiting include Frantic Assembly’s Othello (4 to 8 October), English Touring Theatre’s re-imagining of The Importance of Being Earnest (11 to 15 October), Pilot Theatre’s Noughts & Crosses (22 to 26 November), The Smartest Giant in Town (25 to 29 October) and SIX (6 December to 8 January).

For more information and tickets, visit everymanplayhouse.com


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