Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse have today announced plans for the coming year.
From 12th April, the Everyman will present a new revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s musical thriller, SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET. Directed by Nick Bagnall, the 1979 musical tells the story of a blood-thirsty barber whose victims are turned into pies. Liam Tobin returns to the venue to play the title role. SWEENEY TODD follows his stints in the Everyman Rep Company in 2017 and 2018. With design by Michael Vale and Kirsty Barlow, sound by Ian Davies and musical direction by Tarek Merchant, SWEENEY TODD runs at the Everyman to 18th May.
In association with Hull Truck Theatre, Everyman and Playhouse announce US AGAINST WHATEVER. Following a hugely successful run of ALL WE EVER WANTED WAS EVERYTHING at Edinburgh and the Bush Theatre, theatre company Middle Child present an electrifying cabaret featuring live music and karaoke that looks at the most important the most important subject of this age…the people. US AGAINST WHATEVER runs from 20th to 23rd March.
Touring shows for the season include previously announced productions of Mike Leigh’s ABIGAIL’S PARTY, THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, STONES IN HIS POCKETS, Leicester Curve and Rose Theatre Kingston’s production of THE CAT IN THE HAT. Comedy CAROLINE’S KITCHEN visits Liverpool ahead of a transfer to New York. Caroline is a TV chef with a seemingly perfect life off-screen. But as the cameras go dark, an unexpected guest disrupts a night of celebration, and there’s more than just wine to spill.
Newly announced tours are Eclipse Theatre, Bristol Old Vic and Hull Truck’s PRINCESS AND THE HUSTLER, Mark Thomas’ CHECK-UP – OUR NHS@70 and Kenny Wax’s touring production of AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS. The Playhouse will welcome the return of acclaimed company Spymonkey. The followup this year’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL with pulp-gothic romance COOPED. Celebrating 20 years of Spymonkey, the physical comedy pioneers present a ‘Hitchcock on acid’ tale. A new stage adaptation of Jill Murphy’s THE WORST WITCH will run from 28 May to 1 June, while Ian McKellen will stop off on his UK tour to appear for two nights on 17 and 18 May.
Artistic director Gemma Bodinetz said: ‘Each season we aim to bring the very best in home-grown, national and international theatre to Liverpool. And this season is no exception! Both the Everyman and Playhouse feature companies bringing us classic titles, adventurous adaptations and ground-breaking theatre making. Not to mention the extraordinary work of Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) performing this season for the first time on the Playhouse stage.’
Meanwhile, the Everyman Rep Company has announced it will not return in 2019 following seasons in 2017 and 2018. Bodinetz said: ‘The Company itself is taking a pause. It achieved so much artistically including several awards and its spirit (and indeed many of its regular members) will continue to infuse our work and our ambition to bring adventurous, ensemble-led theatre to Liverpool remains undiminished.’
Tickets for the new season go on sale from 3rd December.