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Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse together make up a single engine for creative excellence, artistic adventure and audience involvement. In recent years we have been on a remarkable journey, described as a "theatrical renaissance on Merseyside" (Observer).

In 2004, with the arrival of Artistic Director, Gemma Bodinetz, and Executive Director, Deborah Aydon, an integrated programme across the two buildings was created, that has generated critical acclaim and audience growth, and been the springboard for forward-looking programmes of artist development and youth and community engagement.

In less than six years we have produced 22 world premieres (the majority by Liverpool writers); audiences have grown by 47%; over 90,000 school and college students have participated in our work, and each year we have worked closely with over 10,000 people who had never been involved with theatre before.

The Everyman
Founded in 1964 in the appropriately named Hope Hall (once a chapel, then a cinema), in an area of Liverpool noted for its bohemian environment and political edge, the Everyman quickly built a reputation for ground-breaking work.


Whether it is the debut of a new Liverpool playwright, a new version of a world classic, or the British premiere of a major international play, the warmth and dynamism of the Everyman space embraces each of the stories that traverse its stage.

The Playhouse
Built in 1866 as the Star Music Hall, the Liverpool Playhouse became a full-time repertory theatre in 1911, and was the oldest repertory company in the country when it was sadly wound up in 1999.


Since 2004 the Playhouse, like the Everyman, has been predominantly a producing theatre. More stately than the Everyman, yet intimate in its own way, the Playhouse has been the home of classic drama, from ancient to modern, presented with the highest production values. More recently, however, with productions like Proper Clever, Once Upon A Time At The Adelphi, Ghost Stories, and Canary, the Playhouse has again become home to new writing and world premieres.

Getting here:

Car: If you're travelling from outside the city, follow signage for Queen Square or St John's Car Parks to reach the Playhouse and follow brown signage for cathedrals to find the Everyman (which is positioned between the two cathedrals on Hope Street, nearest to the Metropolitan cathedral).  For SAT NAV: Everyman - L1 9BH  Playhouse - L1 1EL

Playhouse patrons are entitled to a reduction at St Johns Car Parks: £2 after 5pm on production of your theatre ticket. There is new parking available for the Everyman patrons. This is located behind the new Liverpool Science Park (situated in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral) on Orford Street. Parking is £1.50 after 6pm Monday to Saturday and for Saturday Matinees with tickets being available only from the box office.

Train: Central Station which serves the Merseyrail network is a 5 minute walk to the Playhouse and 10-15 minutes up Mount Pleasant to the Everyman. Lime Street Station (Liverpool's main rail station) is a 5 minute walk to the Playhouse and 10 minutes from the Everyman.

Bus: The Playhouse is a few minutes walk from the bus stops at Queen Square and Sir Thomas Street. The new interchange for Paradise Street is now open and serves buses from across Merseyside.
The Everyman is currently served by many buses using Hope Street and also buses to Brownlow Hill and Oxford Street (both by the Metropolitan Cathedral).


Williamson Square
L1 1EL

Contact Details:

5-11 Hope Street
L1 9BH
Telephone: 0151 709 4776