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COMES TO LIVERPOOL FOR THE HOLIDAYS FROM THU 22 DEC 2011 SAT 7 JAN 2012

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THE LIVERPOOL EMPIRE IS A FULLY ACCESSIBLE THEATRE Q The Box Office has a lowered counter to make collecting tickets easier Q Disabled toilets are provided on all floors Q There are wheelchair spaces in the auditorium Q We welcome Guide Dogs Q All bar areas have moveable tables and chairs Q The theatre is fully equipped with lifts to all floors and automatic doors Q We provide signed, audio described and captioned performances across the year Q Our staff our fully trained to help you enjoy your visit Q You can pre-order interval drink, to make the interval more enjoyable Q We have an access officer available to take your bookings and help with any access issues that you might have, call 0151 702 7328 between 10am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Autograph is the Empire’s Café Bar providing mouth-watering lunches and Pre-Theatre meals and a selection of superb coffees, teas, soft drinks and selected wines and beers. Whether you want to meet friends over a hot drink, enjoy a delicious lunch in our pleasant and relaxing surroundings or enjoy a pre-theatre supper, Autograph is the perfect place to enhance your visit to the theatre. From 11 am Autograph’s menu includes toasted paninis, home-made soups, baked potatoes and Liverpool’s finest Scouse served with red cabbage. Pre-Theatre menus are available from 5pm and often feature a seasonal theme. Please call for more details. Bookings are advised, call our dedicated team on 0151 702 7354.

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WELCOME

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Hello and a very warm welcome to your new season at the Liverpool Empire. We are very lucky to have a wide range of top class entertainment on offer at the venue over Christmas and beyond; and are proud to host some of the best in musical theatre, comedy, opera, dance and music currently touring within our programme of events.

DECEMBER SCROOGE MON 5 - SAT 10

Our Christmas programme includes two fun-filled festive musicals for all the family, in early December we have Scrooge starring the legendary Tommy Steele and from Thu 22 Dec – Sat 7 Jan the multi million pound festive spectacular White Christmas starring Aled Jones and Adam Cooper takes up residence in the theatre. 2012 is shaping up to be a record year for high profile new West End musicals at Liverpool Empire, with the venue receiving the lavish brand new Lincoln Centre Theater production of South Pacific starring Samantha Womack, the Susan Boyle musical I Dreamed a Dream in which Susan herself appears, the new Leicester Curve production of The King and I and the tour premiere of a new production of 60s hippy musical Hair starring pop idol Gareth Gates. Other number one touring musicals visiting the Empire in 2012 include one of the hottest tickets around at the moment Dirty Dancing - the classic movie on stage and Sister Act, the tour of which opened to five star reviews this autumn. Also just announced as this brochure goes to press are the return of Legally Blonde following the UK tour premier here in July and critics’ favourite Avenue Q. All in all, a very exciting year for the Liverpool Empire! You can save money on all these shows and more with our new ATG Theatre Card. See inside for details. On behalf of the whole team, thank you for your continued support of the Liverpool Empire, and we hope to welcome you to the theatre in the very near future.

WHITE CHRISTMAS THU 22 DEC - SAT 7 JAN JANUARY ROY CHUBBY BROWN SAT 14 SPAMALOT MON 16 - SAT 21 MATTHEW BOURNE’S NUTCRACKER TUE 24 - SAT 28 THE DRIFTERS SUN 29 FEBRUARY LEGALLY BLONDE TUE 7 - SAT 11 LORD OF THE DANCE MON 13 - SUN 19 SOUTH PACIFIC TUE 21 FEB – SAT 3 MAR MARCH SARAH MILLICAN SUN 04 HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES MON 5 SPAGHETTI WESTERN ORCHESTRA TUE 6 HORRIBLE HISTORIES FRI 9 – SUN 11 GISELLE MON 12 SWAN LAKE TUE 13 & WED 14 DAVE SPIKEY THU 15 MADAMA BUTTERFLY FRI 16

Best wishes,

LA TRAVIATA SAT 17

Andrew Rawlinson General Manager

PAUL MERTON MON 19


SALLY MORGAN TUE 20

HAIR TUE 10 - SAT 14

SISTER ACT TUE 22 – SAT 2 JUN

DARA O BRIAIN THU 22 - SAT 24

I DREAMED A DREAM TUE 17 - SAT 21

SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME MON 26 - SAT 31

MAY ELVIS COSTELLO SUN 13

JUNE TITANIC THE MUSICAL TUE 5 - SAT 9

APRIL THE KING AND I TUE 3 - SAT 7

DANCING IN THE STREETS MON 14 - SAT 19

AVENUE Q MON 11 - SAT 16 CIRQUE DE CIEL WED 20 - THU 21 MIDNIGHT TANGO MON 25 & TUES 26

MATTHEW BOURNE’S

SING A LONG A GREASE FRI 29 JULY STARLIGHT EXPRESS TUE 17 - SAT 28

MUSIC BY

TCHAIKOVSKY

OCTOBER DIRTY DANCING TUE 9 – SAT 27

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BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS

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THE RECORD-BREAKING LONDON PALLADIUM PRODUCTION!

‘MUSICALS DON’T COME ANY BETTER THAN THIS’ SUNDAY TIMES

‘THRILLINGLY SPECTACULAR. A GIGANTIC FEAST OF SONG AND DANCE WITH A MOUNTAIN OF MAGIC’ EVENING NEWS

Tommy Steele’s return to the London Palladium in Scrooge sent him into the record books as the star to have headlined the most performances at London’s most famous theatre. A prestigious plaque was mounted at the Palladium to honour this extraordinary achievement. Tommy’s legendary career includes over twenty hit singles, Hollywood movie hits such as The Happiest Millionaire and Finian’s Rainbow, and countless award-winning stage musicals such as Half a Sixpence, Hans Andersen and Singin’ in the Rain. The ideal winter treat, Scrooge is a heart-warming family story with stunning sets and costumes, specially created illusions by magician Paul Kieve (acclaimed for the magic effects in the Harry Potter films) and a fantastic musical score which features the Oscar nominated hit Thank You Very Much. Don’t miss Ebenezer, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future and a whole host of Dickensian characters in the award winning, international smash hit musical Scrooge!

MON 5 - SAT 10 DEC Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £13.50 - £35.50 SIGNED PERFORMANCE Tue 6 Dec 7.30pm AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE Wed 7 Dec 7.30pm ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Mon 5 Dec. £5 off Tue - Thu & Sat mat C G S Details page 39

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MICHAEL ROSE LTD, CHRIS MORENO & MAYFLOWER THEATRE, PRESENT

A THEATRE ROYAL PLYMOUTH PRODUCTION

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JONES KEN

FARRINGTON

‘A FESTIVE TREAT, WITH SUMPTUOUS PRODUCTION VALUES TO DAZZLE YOUR SENSES’ METRO

‘A BIG, GLITTERY GREETING CARD OF A SHOW’ THE TIMES 8

THE MUSICALYOU’VE BEEN DREAMING OF This is a delightful musical that is as fresh and rare as newly fallen snow. A multi-million pound production with lavish costumes and stunning sets which has won local and national acclaim. The Times called it ‘A Big, Glittery Greeting Card of a Show’. The Stage deemed it to be ‘Exhilarating’ and ‘Dazzling’. Brimming with classic Irving Berlin hits like Blue Skies, How Deep is the Ocean, Happy Holiday, Sisters and of course the unforgettable title song White Christmas, it tells the story of two buddies putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn, and finding their perfect mates in the process.


SOUTHAMPTON ALED JONES Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Songs of Praise, Cash In The Attic

ADAM

COOPER LOUISE

ADAM COOPER Star of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake & Billy Elliot The Movie

PLOWRIGHT

KEN FARRINGTON Best known for Emmerdale, Family Affairs and Coronation Street

LOUISE PLOWRIGHT Winner of the TMA Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical 2010 for her role in White Christmas

THU 22 DEC 2011 SAT 7 JAN 2012 Performance times vary TICKETS £17.50 - £39.50 (Premium seats available)

Aled Jones; singer, actor, radio and TV presenter (numerous albums, Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, BBC Radio 2, Songs of Praise, Cash In The Attic and Escape to The Country) and Adam Cooper; dancer and actor (Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, Billy Elliot The Movie, On Your Toes, Guys and Dolls and a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet) recreate their amazing double act from 2010 in the roles of Bob Wallace (Jones) and Phil Davis (Cooper). Lousie Plowright – winner of the TMA Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical 2010 for her role as Martha Watson in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical, Mamma. Ken Farrington - best known for his roles in Emmerdale, Family Affairs and Coronation Street.

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE Fri 6 Jan 7.30pm CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE Wed 4 Jan 7.30pm SIGNED PERFORMANCE Tue 3 Jan 7.30pm C G S Details page 39

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MARCUS BRIGSTOCKE JODIE PRENGER TODD CARTY ‘I FELT I MIGHT ACTUALLY DIE OF LAUGHTER’ THE INDEPENDENT

‘FANTASTIC FUN’ THE EXPRESS

NOW SEEN BY OVER A MILLION PEOPLE IN THE UK!

Audiences across the land have been roused in chorus singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and roaring with laughter since Monty Python’s Spamalot by Eric Idle and John Du Prez, won the Tony Award for Best Musical. Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and features a bevy (or F DQF possibly a brace) of beautiful show girls, witch burnings KHDOWHKOOHG VDIHW  \

not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people. The show features the hilarious songs He Is Not Dead Yet, Knights Of The Round Table, Find Your Grail and of course the Nation’s Favourite Comedy Song ALWAYS LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE and features Eric Idle himself as God (see small print)*. 10

*As a visual recording! As if we could afford to cart this God-like comic round the country!

MON 16 - SAT 21 JAN Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS ÂŁ14.50 - ÂŁ38.50 (Premium seats available)

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‘A DAZZLING EXTRAVAGANZA’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

MATTHEW BOURNE’S

MUSIC BY

TCHAIKOVSKY

A NEW ADVENTURES PRODUCTION One of the most popular dance productions ever staged in the UK, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! returns to the Liverpool Empire to celebrate its 20th anniversary for one week only. This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. Nutcracker! follows Clara’s bittersweet journey from a hilariously bleak Christmas Eve at Dr Dross’ Orphanage, through a shimmering, ice-skating winter wonderland to the scrumptious candy kingdom of Sweetieland.

‘A NUTCRACKER THAT’S TRULY, TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS’ INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

TUE 24 - SAT 28 JAN Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £12 - £35 (Premium seats available)

Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s unforgettable sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation of the traditional favourite. Hailed by The Observer as ‘the undisputed king of dance theatre’, Matthew Bourne’s company New Adventures has produced some of the most successful dance productions of the last two decades including Swan Lake, Edward Scissorhands and last year’s sell-out hit, Cinderella. Photos Bill Cooper

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‘THE BEST SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN.

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BRILLIANT’

SCOTT MILLS, BBC RADIO 1

‘RIGHT UP THERE ALONGSIDE MAMMA MIA AND HAIRSPRAY’ THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

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‘HYSTERICALLY  FUNNY’ THE MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘SIMPLY BLOWS OTHER MUSICALS OUT OF THE WATER SENSATIONAL’ THE SUN

STARRING

LES DENNIS (Hairspray) RAY QUINN (Grease) AND

CLAIRE SWEENEY (Guy’s & Doll’s with Patrick Swayze) The international award-winning hit Legally Blonde The Musical is coming to Liverpool. Winner of 7 major awards including the coveted Best Musical 2011 (Olivier Awards) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you’ve got! Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett, her chihuahua Bruiser, she learns that it’s so much better to be smart. Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray), Legally Blonde The Musical is the funniest and most fabulous musical around. The best show in town, case closed.

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TUE 7 - SAT 11 FEB Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £19.50 - £39.50 (Premium seats available)

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THE MYTH,THE MAGIC,THE EXPERIENCE

‘IRRESISTIBLE’ THE TIMES

‘GENIUS!’ THE TIMES

‘STUNNING!’ IRISH TIMES

‘A SHOWPIECE EXTRAVAGANZA’ LA TIMES

Since its world premiere, Lord Of The Dance has become the most talked about, the most written about and the most acclaimed show in musical history. It has gone on to receive unparalleled accolades and has broken theatrical records everywhere. With more than 150,000 taps, this new production of the Irish dance spectacular promises to wow British audiences yet again with its breathtaking footwork and dazzling music.

‘FASCINATING, REWARDING AND ABOVE ALL, ENTERTAINING’ NEW YORK POST 14 x

MON 13 - SUN 19 FEB Mon - Sun eves 8pm Sat & Sun mats 2.30pm TICKETS £26 - £39.50

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PERFECT EASTER TREAT FOR ALL THE FAMILY

++++  ‘THE LATEST SENSATION ON THE THEATRICAL BLOCK’ THE TIMES

‘MORTGAGE THE SCHOOL IF YOU HAVE TO. NO-ONE SHOULD BE DENIED THE CHANCE TO SEE THIS: LIVE THEATRE AT ITS RIP-ROARING BEST!’ TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT

We all want to meet people from history. The trouble is everyone is dead! So it’s time to prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows - Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians - are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips.

TERRIBLE TUDORS From the horrible Henries to the end of evil Elizabeth, hear the legends (and the lies!) about the torturing Tudors. Find out the fate of Henry’s headless wives and his punch up with the Pope. Survive the Spanish Armada as it sails into the audience!

VILE VICTORIANS What exactly did a baby farmer do? Can you escape the misery of the mines or the filth of the factories? Do your best to dodge the rotten railway and prepare for the Charge of the Light Brigade! Horrible Histories books are published by Scholastic Ltd. Horrible Histories is a trademark of Scholastic Inc. and is used under authorisation. All rights reserved. Illustration © Martin Brown.

FRI 9 - SUN 11 MAR Fri 9 Mar Terrible Tudors 10.30am Vile Victorians 1.30pm Sat 10 Mar Vile Victorians 2.30pm Terrible Tudors 7pm Sun 11 Mar Terrible Tudors 11am Vile Victorians 3pm TICKETS £16 ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Fri 10.30am C G F S Details page 39

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‘IF YOU DON’T ALREADY HAVE A TICKET TO SEE

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‘FAULTLESS’ DAILY MAIL

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‘A MUSICAL MASTERPIECE. IT’S A REVELATION’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

Supported by

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SOUTH PACIFIC, PURCHASE ONE IMMEDIATELY’ DAILY MAIL

WINNER OF 7 TONY AWARDS! RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S

STARRING

SAMANTHA WOMACK (DONMAR’S GUYS AND DOLLS)

ALEX FERNS (DONMAR’S GUYS AND DOLLS)

DANIEL KOEK (WEST SIDE STORY)

DIRECTED BY BARTLETT SHER Direct from a sell-out season at London’s Barbican, the breathtaking Lincoln Center Theater production has reinvented Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical. It swept the 2008 Tony Awards, played for two years to sold-out houses on Broadway and was televised across America. With a cast and live orchestra of 50, this international hit landmark production arrives at the Liverpool Empire for 2 weeks only. Metropolitan Opera Director and Winner of Tony Award for Best Director, Bartlett Sher, directs a stellar cast which includes two of the original Broadway stars: Welsh National Opera star Jason Howard as ‘Emile de Beque’, alongside Tony Award nominated Loretta Ables Sayre as ‘Bloody Mary’. Plus British musical theatre stars Samantha Womack, Alex Ferns and Daniel Koek. Considered one of the finest musicals ever written, the score includes Some Enchanted Evening, I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair and There is Nothin’ Like a Dame. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the greatest musicals of all time, as the critics agree, ‘THIS IS A SHOW YOU WILL REMEMBER FOREVER.’ Photo of Paulo Szot and Samantha Womack (Original London cast) ©Lucy Williams

TUE 21 FEB - SAT 3 MAR Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £17.50 - £42 DATES (Premium seats available) Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm DESCRIBED WedAUDIO & Sat mats 2.30pm PERFORMANCE ATGTue THEATRE CARD 28 Feb 7.30pm Discounts SIGNED PERFORMANCE Discounts Thu 1 Mar 7.30pm DISCOUNT ATG THEATRE CARD Discounts Half price Tue 21. Discounts £5 off Mon - Thu & Sat mat G F S Details page 30 C G S Details page 39

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THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA RAYMOND GUBBAY PRESENTS

‘DANCING WAS SHARP, PRECISE & LIGHT OF FOOT THROUGHOUT’ OXFORD TIMES

‘GRACEFUL DANCERS CAPTIVATED THE AUDIENCE’ ABERDEEN EVENING EXPRESS

Giselle The most poignant of all classical ballets combines powerful emotions and visual splendour in a chilling and heart-rending tale of love, treachery and forgiveness from beyond the grave. The story of Giselle and her aristocratic but duplicitous lover Albrecht is set to a glorious score and brought to life by the magnificent costumes and virtuoso performances of the Russian State Ballet of Siberia.

Swan Lake The greatest romantic ballet of all! This is an immortal love story filled with magic, emotion and beauty. From the opulence and splendour of the magnificent court room to the exhilarating lake scenes where swans play in perfect formation, Tchaikovsky’s hauntingly beautiful music creates a truly unforgettable experience. 18

MON 12 - WED 14 MAR Giselle Mon eve 7.30pm Swan Lake Tue & Wed eves 7.30pm Wed mat 2.30pm TICKETS £11 - £32.50 (Premium seats available)

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ELLEN KENT RETURNS WITH THE INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED UKRAINIAN NATIONAL OPERA OF KHARKIV DEREK BLOCK & BLACKBURN INTERNATIONAL PROUDLY PRESENT TWO ELLEN KENT PRODUCTIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL SOLOISTS, HIGHLY- PRAISED CHORUS AND FULL ORCHESTRA

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND Starring the American-Korean soprano Rosa Lee Thomas and the Korean soprano Elena Dee*. Back by overwhelming public demand, this award-winning Opera returns with exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. One of the world’s most popular operas, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant - with dramatic results. Highlights include the melodic Humming Chorus, the moving aria One Fine Day and the unforgettable Love Duet.

‘THIS IS A BUTTERFLY TO CHERISH’

The love story that gripped Paris. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La dame aux Camelias. Based on a true story, it tells of the passionate consumptive Violetta. There are many echoes of Verdi’s own life in La Traviata and he threw himself into the music. The highlights include The Brindisi, the best known drinking song in opera, the duet Un Di Felice and Violetta’s haunting aria Addio Del Passato.

‘UPLIFTING, CHARMING, HEROIC AND FINALLY TEAR -JERKING’ LIVERPOOL ECHO

MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS

Sung in Italian with English surtitles. *Cast subject to change

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FRI 16 MAR 7.30pm

SAT 17 MAR 7.30pm

TICKETS £15 - £35

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Sung in Italian with English surtitles

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FROM THE TEAM THAT BROUGHT YOU DREAMBOATS AND PETTICOATS BILL KENWRIGHT AND LAURIE MANSFIELD PRESENT

A BRAND-NEW MUSICAL FULL OF 60s CLASSIC HITS

Songs include

A Teenager in Love Sweets For My Sweet Turn Me Loose Here I Go Again Viva Las Vegas Little Sister His Latest Flame Suspicion Can’t Get Used to Losing You Save the Last Dance For Me and many more

BY LAURENCE MARKS & MAURICE GRAN FEATURING THE HITS OF POMUS & SHUMAN AND MANY MORE! Save The Last Dance For Me will take you back through the music and magic of the early 60s, a time when each passing week brought another classic rock ’n’ roll track. Featuring songs from the legendary hit-writing duo Pomus and Shuman. This nostalgic, feel-good musical journey will transport you back to music’s golden era as we follow two teenage sisters, Jennifer and Marie, through the summer of 1963. Full of freedom and high spirits they embark on a family holiday to the coast and a traditional seaside town. The young siblings soon discover much more than just sea and sand when they meet a handsome American airman, who invites them to a dance at the nearby United States Air Force base. But young love and holiday romance is never that simple and the sisters soon realise that while the world around them is still watching itself in black and white, life and love can be much more colourful. 20 x

MON 26 - SAT 31 MAR Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £12 - £29.50 (Premium seats available)

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‘ELEGANT, SPLENDID & ADMIRABLE’ THE TIMES

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s

‘A FULL-BLOWN SPECTACLE WITH CLASSY WEST END PRODUCTION VALUES & A CONSIDERABLE WOW FACTOR’ THE GUARDIAN Music & Lyrics presents Curve Theatre Leicester’s production of The King & I Music by Richard Rodgers Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II Based on the novel entitled Anna and The King of Siam by Margaret Landon Original Orchestrations by Robert Russell Bennett New Orchestrations by Julian Kelly Presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Limited on behalf of R&H Theatricals of New York

Starring Ramon Tikaram and Josefina Gabrielle The King and I is loved as one of the greatest musicals of all time. Seen by millions of people across the world since it was first performed in 1951, when it was showered with awards and became the blockbuster Hollywood movie, its glorious soundtrack is still a best seller today. This breath-taking new production from the Curve Theatre, Leicester, directed by Paul Kerryson, is a lavish, grand-scale spectacle. With giant gold Buddhas, sumptuous costumes, a chorus of adorable children, acrobatic dancers and live music this beautiful production guarantees standing ovations. Photography by Johan Persson from Curve theatre 2010 production with original cast.

TUE 3 - SAT 7 APR Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £35 (Premium seats available)

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UK PREMIERE AT THE LIVERPOOL EMPIRE

GARETH GATES, ZOE BIRKETT & AMY DIAMOND STAR IN THE ALL-NEW PRODUCTION OF THE LEGENDARY MUSICAL! The international smash hit production of Hair arrives in the UK for the first time, bringing tales of love, peace, freedom and a timeless soundtrack packed with classic songs including Aquarius, Let the Sunshine In and the infectious title track Hair. Its 1960 New York and a group of people come together to fight for peace, love and freedom. Capturing the mood and movement of the times, Hair is the original rock musical and has one of the most thrilling soundtracks ever written. Fresh from his critically acclaimed appearance in Les Misérables, Gareth Gates (Pop Idol, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat) takes on the role of Claude. Joining him is fellow Pop Idol finalist and West End performer Zoe Birkett (Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Thriller Live) and BBC1’s Over the Rainbow finalist Amy Diamond. Directed and choreographed by Gary Lloyd (Thriller Live, X Factor), Hair remains an unforgettable spectacular for all generations – don’t miss it!

Minimum suggested age 16+, contains nudity.

TUE 10 - SAT 14 APR Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £35 (Premium seats available)

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SUSAN BOYLE IS COMING TO LIVERPOOL!

SUSAN BOYLE WILL MAKE A GUEST APPEARANCE ON THE LIVERPOOL EMPIRE STAGE IN THIS NEW MUSICAL THAT CHARTS HER EXTRAORDINARY STORY Starring Elaine C Smith, best known as Mary Doll in BBC TV’s Rab C Nesbitt, the musical follows Susan Boyle’s meteoric rise from humble beginnings to global icon and features signature songs from her multi-platinum selling albums. Don’t miss your chance to see this amazing production featuring a special performance from Susan herself. This astounding musical will make you laugh and cry but most of all dream. If she can dare to dream so can you.

‘I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS MUSICAL TO HIT THE STAGE’ SUSAN BOYLE

TUE 17 - SAT 21 APR Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £34 (Premium seats available)

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CALLING OUT AROUND THE WORLD Classic hits include

I Heard It Through The Grapevine Baby Love My Girl Dancing in the Streets Shop Around Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours Please Mr Postman Reach Out I’ll Be There Stop in the Name of Love Up Tight (Everything’s Alright) Tears of a Clown Tracks of My Tears

WITH A FULL SUPPORTING COMPANY OF SINGERS, DANCERS AND THE ‘DANCING IN THE STREETS’ BAND After wowing audiences all over the UK and spending three years in London’s West End, Dancing in the Streets is back! Experience the energy, the excitement, the emotion and the electricity of Motown in Ivor Novello Award-winning director Keith Strachan’s production of the hit show Dancing in the Streets, the spectacular celebration of classic music from the heart of the Motor City - Detroit! Motown was a prominent force in breaking down barriers around the world and equally as important, was responsible for producing some of the world’s most influential and enduring songs of the 20th century. The Dancing in the Streets company will re-create the energy, style and music of the stars of the Motown stable. Together they will certainly have you dancing in the aisles!

MON 14 - SAT 19 MAY Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 4pm & 8pm TICKETS £11 - £26.50 (Premium seats available)

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‘PRAY YOU CATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN!’ OLDHAM CHRONICLE

WHOOPI GOLDBERG &

STAGE ENTERTAINMENT PRESENT

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TUE 22 MAY - SAT 2 JUN Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £15 - £42 (Premium seats available)

From producers Whoopi Goldberg and Stage Entertainment (Hairspray), the smash hit musical comedy is coming to Liverpool! When disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be found - a convent! Disguised as a nun she makes the wrong impression on the strict Mother Superior. But when she transforms the choir into the most glorious musical act in town, Deloris forms a lasting bond with her newfound friends, and the gang that’s chasing her finds itself up against an unstoppable team of soulful sisters! Based on the movie of the same name, this fabulous, family-friendly, feel-good show is packed with songs inspired by Motown, funk, soul and disco, which more than a million people saw in the West End!

‘A DIVINE DAZZLING TRIUMPH THAT HAS TO BE SEEN TO BE BELIEVED’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS 26

Images by Tristram Kenton of the UK touring production

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE Wed 23 May 7.30pm CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE Wed 30 May 7.30pm SIGNED PERFORMANCE Thu 31 May 7.30pm ATG THEATRE CARD 2 for 1 Tue 22 May £6 off Wed - Thu C G S Details page 39

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100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

WKLOS are delighted to announce the return of one of their most successful productions. The multi award - winning Broadway production Titanic - The Musical. In the centenary year of the ship’s tragic sinking, WKLOS sail home with the musical they last performed in 2005, for a fitting and momentous occasion as part of Liverpool’s Titanic 1912-2012 programme of events. The sinking of the Titanic remains the quintessential true disaster story. Yet when Maury Yeston and Peter Stone’s Titanic - The Musical launched on Broadway, it didn’t sink it soared! Hailed as a glorious, ground-breaking musical, sweeping the boards with five statuettes at the 1997 TONY Awards.

TUE 5 - SAT 9 JUN Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £14 - £20 ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Tue 5 Jun G S Details page 39

‘BEST MUSICAL OF THE DECADE’ CHRISTOPHER HART, SUNDAY TIMES

Full of mischief, bad behaviour and political incorrectness, the Tony Award-winning Avenue Q is hitting the road again! Avenue Q is the irresistibly charming musical about the lovably hopeless characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues - love, work, relationships and, above all, just how are you supposed to pay the bills with a BA in English? Don’t let your life suck book your tickets today!

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MON 11 - SAT 16 JUN Mon – Thu 7.30pm Fri 5.30pm & 8.30pm Sat 4pm & 7.30pm TICKETS £12 - £31.50 (Premium seats available)

Recommended age 12+ Photograph of London cast by Tristram Kenton and Mögenburg Brinkhoff

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE TBC SIGNED PERFORMANCE Thu 14 Jun 7.30pm ATG THEATRE CARD Half price on Opening Night & Fri 5.30pm. £5 off Tue - Thu. C S Details page 39

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THE RACE IS BACK ON BILL KENWRIGHT BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT WITH THE REALLY USEFUL GROUP PRESENTS

ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’S ‘DAZZLING’ THE TIMES

‘EXPLOSIVE ENTERTAINMENT IN EVERY SENSE. UNMISSABLE’ THE JOURNAL

‘YOU HAVE TO SEE IT. AND STILL YOU WON’T BELIEVE IT’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

‘SIMPLY STUNNING A PURE THRILL’ THE GAZETTE

Bill Kenwright presents one of the best loved and longest running musicals in theatrical history, as the sensational Starlight Express explodes back onto the stage with a new production for 2012, destined to take the UK by electrifying storm. Light years ahead of the rest, this futuristic tale about love and hope in the face of adversity promises to take you on the ride of a lifetime - with two hours of speed, spectacle, energy and turbo charged excitement, combined with an electrifying sound track, dazzling sets and costumes, extraordinary roller-choreography and some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most memorable musical hits. Buckle up; the race is truly back on!

‘A MUSICAL THAT SURPASSES EVERYTHING AROUND IN EVERY DIMENSION’ DAILY EXPRESS

A NEW WIMBLEDON THEATRE PRODUCTION TUE 17 - SAT 28 JUL Eves 7.30pm Wed 18, Thu 19 & Sat 21, Thu 26 & Sat 28 mats 2.30pm TICKETS £19.50 - £39.50 (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Tue 17 Jul. £5 off Wed - Thu & Sat mat AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE Wed 25 Jul 7.30pm SIGNED PERFORMANCE Thu 26 Jul 7.30pm C G S Details page 39

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A DAZZLING EVENING OF DANCE – NOT TO BE MISSED! PRESENTED BY ARLENE PHILLIPS AND ADAM SPIEGEL

THE STARS OF STRICTLY COME DANCING IN THE THEATRICAL EVENT OF THE YEAR

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Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences for six series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning Tango routines. And now they’re back by incredible popular demand with Midnight Tango – a breathtaking evening bringing all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms to life. Vincent and Flavia’s mesmerising choreography and fiery chemistry command the floor with explosive tango routines, gravity-defying moves and feather-light footwork. Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires and featuring some of the finest Tango dancers in the world and live music, Midnight Tango, takes you on a journey into a heart of this intoxicating city. As danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion all combine – this is a spectacular and explosive evening not to be missed! www.midnighttango.co.uk 30 x

www.midnighttango.co.uk Production photography by Manuel Harlan

MON 25 - TUE 26 JUN Mon & Tue eves 7.30pm Tue mat 2.30pm TICKETS £16.50 - £29.50 (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Mon (top 3 prices) £6 off Tue (top 3 prices) C G S Details page 39

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‘THE BIGGEST LIVE THEATRE SENSATION OF ALL TIME’OBSERVER

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‘SMASH HIT MUSICAL GIVES US THE TIME OF OUR LIVES’ BRISTOL EVENING POST TUE 9 - SAT 27 OCT 2012 Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £48.50 (Premium seats available)

Dirty Dancing is an unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Seen by millions across the globe this worldwide smash-hit tells the classic story of Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring hit songs, including Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping I’ve Had The Time Of My Life! Don’t miss your chance to see the fastest selling show in West End history. www.dirtydancingontour.com

AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE Tue 16 Oct 7.30pm CAPTIONED PERFORMANCE Wed 24 Oct 7.30pm SIGNED PERFORMANCE Thu 25 Oct 7.30pm ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Tue 9 Oct C G S Details page 39

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ONE NIGHT ONLY

ROY CHUBBY BROWN

THE DRIFTERS

SARAH MILLICAN

SAT 14 JAN 7.30pm

SUN 29 JAN 7.30pm

TICKETS £21 L G C

TICKETS £25 L C

THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLICAN

ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off

ATG THEATRE CARD £1 off

SUN 4 MAR 8pm G F S

Get ready for a barn-storming night of jokes, banter and hilarious mickey-taking from Britain’s most outrageous comedian, bar none! Laugh till it hurts as Chubby rips into his live audiences with a non-stop battering ram of laughout-loud comedy guaranteed! If easily offended please stay away!

Now in their 59th year, The Drifters have seen massive chart success on both sides of the Atlantic and across the world, with over 114 million album sales and 214 million singles sales and a vast catalogue of hits, including Under The Boardwalk, Like Sister and Brother and Saturday Night At The Movies.

HORMONAL HOUSEWIVES MON 5 MAR 7.30pm

SPAGHETTI WESTERN ORCHESTRA

TICKETS £19.50 G F S

TUE 6 MAR 7.30pm

ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off

TICKETS £20 G F S

STARRING BEVERLEY CALLARD Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men and chocolate !

Five brilliant comic maestros underscore classic Ennio Morricone soundtracks The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, For A Few Dollars More and Once Upon a Time in The West with hilarious sound effects!

TICKETS £21 Ever wondered how to make a home made treadmill? The practicalities of an orgy? Or what to do when you don’t like parties but do like party food? Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she’ll top it up.

DAVE SPIKEY WORDS DON’T COME EASY THU 15 MAR 7.30pm TICKETS £18.50 G F S ATG THEATRE CARD £1 off all tickets Dave’s hilarious new show examines situations in life where words really don’t come easy. Including parents explaining the facts of life, adolescent chat-up lines, and ridiculous song lyrics. Recommended for age 16+.

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PAUL MERTON

SALLY MORGAN

DARA O BRIAIN

OUT OF MY HEAD

CRAIC DEALER

MON 19 MAR 8pm

PSYCHIC SALLY ON THE ROAD

TICKETS £24 G F S

TUE 20 MAR 7.30pm

TICKETS £22 G F S

ATG THEATRE CARD £21

TICKETS £23.50 G F S

With Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. Away from the Have I Got News For You desk Paul Merton proves he’s got legs. A night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls (two of them aren’t girls).

Britain’s best loved celebrity psychic returns by popular demand as part of her nationwide tour. Her reputation has been built from her close relationship with many high profile celebrities. Don’t miss this unique theatrical experience.

ELVIS COSTELLO

CIRQUE DU CIEL’S

THU 22 - SAT 24 MAR 8pm

Dara O Briain hits the road again with a brand new show for 2012. Dara is one of the most recognisable faces of British TV, hosting Mock The Week, The Apprentice - You’re Fired, Stargazing Live and starring in 3 Men in a Boat. Recommended for ages 14+.

THE REVOLVER TOUR

SHANGHI

SING-A-LONGA-GREASE

SUN 13 MAY 8pm G F S

WED 20 - THU 21 JUN 7.30pm

FRI 29 JUN 7.30pm L G C

TICKETS £37.50 & £43.50

TICKETS £19.50 - £24.50

TICKETS £16

Elvis Costello brings the Spectacular Spinning Songbook to the Liverpool Empire. An overture of five uninterrupted rock and roll tunes announces Elvis Costello and the Imposters to the stage, after which members of the audience are invited to spin the gigantic vaudevillian contraption and select the next song.

G F S ATG THEATRE CARD £5 off top price With over 30 amazingly multi talented and skilled performers, this 2 hour extravaganza, combines acrobatics, modern dance, martial arts, original music and many other traditional and modern Chinese elements in an amazing fantasy adventure.

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From the producers of Singa-long-a Sound of Music. Ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a T-bird or a Pink Lady but never quite felt cool enough to pull it off? Well, now is your chance to don those pink jackets, grease up those quiffs and let your inhibitions go for an evening where you are the stars. 33


CREATIVE LEARNING

Liverpool Empire Billy Elliot, Youth Theatre

Liverpool Empire Billy Elliot, Youth Theatre

The Education and Community Department is committed to providing high quality events and activities to groups, schools and individuals, delivered by our highly trained team of performing arts and industry professionals.

SHOW BASED WORKSHOPS Activities for everyone for the following shows: Grease, Buddy, Scrooge, Spamalot, Nutcracker, Horrible Histories, The King and I, Gubbay Ballet, Sister Act, Dirty Dancing and I Dreamed a Dream. For schools and community groups of 10 or more, from £4.50 per head.

ACTIVITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS I LOVE MUSICALS – HOLIDAY Y ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN A high energy week of dance, drama and singing linked to one of our shows. Suitable for all aged 7 – 16 £50 also includes a ticket to a show at the Empire. 34

MON 13 – FRI 17 FEB High energy dance MON 4 – FRI 8 JUN Musical theatre

SISTER ACT CHOIRS NEEDED! Love to sing? Like to be part of a show choir? Part of an existing group? Then join our singing based activities for individuals and groups taking place during April and May. We are looking for a number of existing choirs to take part in a very special performance opportunity at The Empire. Please contact us for further details and to register g y your interest.

BACKSTAGE TOURS AND TALKS Find out more about your favourite theatre with an exclusive backstage tour! Tue – Fri at 11am for groups of 110 – 30 people, lasts 1.5 hours £4.50 per head. Must be booked in advance. Book a member of our tour team to visit your group £30


Stage Experience, West Side Story

Stage Experience, Fame All pics Mike James

MINI MUSICAL THEATRE GROUP STARS

MATTHEW BOURNE’S NUTCRACKER!

For ages 7- 11. Thursdays weekly 6 - 7.30pm. Develop performance skills in dance, drama and singing in a fun and safe environment.

Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker! r! Comes to the Empire in January 2012.

HORRIBLE HISTORIES ACTIVITIES Horrible Histories activities with World Museum Liverpool Terrific Tudors at the Walker Art Gallery. SAT 10 - SUN 11 MAR 11AM – 4PM A weekend of workshops, performances and activities to celebrate the Terrific Tudors featured in the Walkers paintings. Historical happenings at World Museum.

Re:Bourne offer group workshops hops delivered by the cast looking into the production’s themes,, characters and movement. £300 + travel expenses where necessary for up to 25 participants. To book visit www.new-adventures.net/ rebourne or email Helen Prosser at helen@new-adventures.net or call 020 7713 6766.

CONTACT US Natalie Flynn, Head of Education & Community natalieflynn@ theambassadors.com 0151 702 7337 www.liverpoolempire.org.uk The Empire Theatre (Merseyside) Trust Ltd Reg Charity No: 1437514 (England)

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DINING, GROUP BOOKINGS EVENTS AND HOSPITALITY AT THE

CALL OUR GROUP BOOKINGS OFFICE IF YOU ARE BRINGING 8 OR MORE AND IF YOU BRING A GROUP OF 10 OR MORE YOU CAN ACCESS ALL THESE AMAZING TICKET OFFERS Please note – The following concessions apply to certain prices and performances only. SPAMALOT No Concessions available Fri/Sat Groups 10+ £5 off top 3 prices NUTCRACKER No Concessions available Fri/Sat Groups 10+ £5 off top 2 prices LEGALLY BLONDE No concessions available Fri/Sat eve perfs Groups 10+ £5 off top 2 prices Groups 20+ £6 off top 2 prices, plus 1 in 20 free Groups 50+ £7 off top 2 prices, plus 3 in 50 free SOUTH PACIFIC No concessions available Fri/Sat eve perfs Groups 10+ £5 off top 3 prices Groups 20+ £6 off top 3 prices, plus 2 free Groups 50+ £7 off top 3 prices, plus 3 free THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET – GISELLE AND SWAN LAKE Groups 10+ £7.50 off top 2 prices, £5 off 3rd price, plus 1 in 10 free UKRANIAN NATIONAL OPERA OF KHARKIV – MADAMA BUTTERFLY AND LA TRAVIATA Groups 10+ £10 off per ticket off top 3 prices plus 1 in 10 free SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME No concessions available Fri/Sat eve perfs Groups 10+ £5 off Groups 20+ £5 off plus 1 free ticket in every 10 purchased Groups 50+ £5 off plus 8 tickets free in every 50 KING AND I Groups 10+ £5 off top 3 tickets Groups 20+ £6 off top 3 tickets plus 2 free Groups 50+ £7 off top 3 prices plus 3 free 36

HAIR AIR No concessions con nces ce sions ns ava a available ilable ble Fr Fri/S Fri/Sat i/Sat at eve perfs oups oup ups 10+ + £5 off alll tickets ticket tic kets Groups oups 2 0+ £5 0+ £ offf all all tickets ticket tic k s plus 1 in 10 free Groups 20+ oups 50+ £5 off o f all of all tic ti kets plus 8 free Groups tickets k t iin every 50 tickets I DREAMED A DREAM No concessions available Fri/Sat eve perfs Groups 10+ £4 off Groups 20+ £4 off plus 1 in 10 free Groups 50+ £4 off plus 8 free in every 50 DANCING IN THE STREETS Groups 10+ £3 off Groups 20+ £3 off plus 1 in 20 free SISTER ACT No concessions available Fri/Sat perfs Groups 10+ £5 off top 3 prices Groups 20+ £6 off top 3 prices, plus 1 in 20 free Groups 50+ £7 off top 3 prices, plus 3 free in 50 AVENUE Q No concessions available Fri Eve/Sat, both perfs Groups 10+ £5 off top 3 prices Call 0844 871 3037 Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm Email liverpoolgroups@theambassadors.com


DINING, EVENTS AND HOSPITALITY AT THE EMPIRE THEATRE DI

The Empire Theatre offers first class entertaining facilities for all occasions and we have a dedicated hospitality team who will ensure you receive the highest level of service. Parties of all sizes from both corporate and individual bookers are welcome and we endeavour to do our utmost to tailor a package to your exact requirements HOSPITALITY PACKAGES Make a night of it. Our hospitality packages for small parties cater for our guests before the show and during the interval. We have a range of private rooms throughout the theatre to suit any occasion, and with the option to add catering and many other individual touches, we aim to create an evening you will remember forever.

with personal host, you will also receive incredible advertising opportunities in our show programmes and forthcoming attraction guides. Limited spaces are available for this exclusive membership club, with costs starting at ÂŁ1250 (plus VAT) per year. For further information on any of the above services, please contact our Sales and Events Executive, Jayne Lloyd on 0151 702 7333 or email her via jaynelloyd@theambassadors.com

BRINGING MORE THAN 10? Now you can enjoy more of your theatre experience by hiring your own private suite with bar, providing an intimate setting where you and your group can relax away from the crowds. Available for groups of 10 - 50, cost of room hire can be as little as ÂŁ2 per person. Catering and full dining options are also available upon request. WEDDINGS & CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS Both the stage and the entertaining suites in the Atrium are licensed for marriage and civil partnership ceremonies. Our professional events team and top quality caterers will make you feel centre stage throughout the planning process, and if you choose to get married in the auditorium - you will literally be centre stage! The Empire Theatre is a unique choice for a perfect day that will never be forgotten by your guests. GOLD & PLATINUM MEMBERSHIP Our annual corporate membership guarantees your clients, colleagues, employees and friends a unique opportunity to benefit from a truly memorable theatre experience. As well as receiving up to 10 complimentary tickets per month and access to our Private Members Suite 37 x


LIFESTYLES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH LIVERPOOL EMPIRE

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BOOKING INFORMATION BOOK IN PERSON Call into our Box Office at the Empire on the corner of London Road and Lime Street, Monday to Saturday 12.00 noon to 6pm (8pm on performance nights and opens 2 hours prior to performances on Sunday). Payment Methods: Cash, Cheque, Credit Card/ Debit Cards* and Gift Vouchers. BY POST Postal bookings are accepted and should be sent to the following address: The Box Office, Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool,L1 1JE. Payment Methods: Cheque, Postal Order, Credit Card/Debit Cards and Gift Vouchers. Cheques should be made payable to Ambassador Theatre Group Venues. BY PHONE All telephone calls are received through ATG Tickets on 0844 871 3017. Open Mon - Sat 9am - 10pm, Sun 10am - 8pm. All bookings are subject to fees. Payment methods: Credit card/Debit cards. All calls are charged at national rate. ONLINE Book all shows 24hrs a day at our website www.atgtickets.com/liverpool (secure online bookings). All bookings are subject to fees. Payment Methods: Credit Card/ Debit Cards

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GROUPS OF 10+ Call our Groups Hotline on 0844 871 3037 Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm for more information. Please note we operate a book now, pay later facility. Visit our website specifically designed for the groups market www.LiverpoolEmpire.org.uk/groups THEATRE TOKENS We sell and accept national Theatre Tokens. They are unique theatre vouchers and can be used to see shows at over 230 theatres nationwide. Available in values of £5, £10 & £20 with no expiry date. Tokens can also be purchased at most Tourist Information Centres and branches of WHSmith, or by calling Tokenline on 0870 164 8800. www.theatretokens.com

CONCESSIONS We offer discounts for senior citizens, people with disabilities, students, children, the unemployed, and people with hearing, visual and mobility impairments for the majority of shows, on production of relevant ID. Always ask the Box Office at the time of booking as we cannot discount on tickets already purchased. Shows with these symbols have the following concessions available C General concessions G Group discounts F Family discounts S Schools discounts B Early booking offers E Workshops and creative activity

Only one concession is applicable at any one time, please check for restrictions on special offers. All concessions are subject to availability and conditions and can be withdrawn at any time. Phone and online bookings made through ticket agents for most shows are subject to a per ticket booking fee at a maximum of £4.75. Certain concerts are subject to a per ticket booking fee at a maximum of £8. In all cases there is a Ticketmaster handling fee at a maximum of £4. An additional credit/ debit card surcharge may apply for certain events when booking in person at the box office. We regret that we cannot refund or exchange tickets. We make every effort to ensure that all information in this brochure is correct at the time of publication and cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies. Data Protection: when making a booking your name will be added to the ATG database and you may from time to time receive information about forthcoming events. We may also pass on your details to other arts related organisations. Please state at the time of booking if you do not wish to receive such information. ATG THEATRE CARD ATG Theatre Card offers are subject to availability on selected seat prices and for a max. 4 tickets per Card. Please book early to avoid disappointment. RESTORATION FUND The ticket price for certain shows may include a £1 contribution to the theatre’s restoration fund. We are very grateful to our patrons for the financial help we receive

through our restoration levy. In the previous 6 months we have invested in new followspots, a lighting desk and drapes and borders for our backstage department, as well new handrails in the Front Circle Rows A - F. We are currently looking at proposals to replace the external billboard signage. EMPIRE THEATRE TRUST The Empire Theatre is managed by The Ambassador Theatre Group (Venues) Limited on behalf of The Empire Theatre (Merseyside) Trust Ltd The Trustees are Sir Phillip Carter CBE (Chairman) Terry Smith Prof. John Last CBE Tony Ensor Tony Thompson David Morgan (Secretary) The Trust is a registered Charity. No. 509458 This brochure is printed on responsibly sourced FSC paper. Please continue to help the environment by recycling it.

AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Co-founded by Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) is the largest owner/operator of theatres in the UK with 39 venues, an internationally recognised theatre producer and a leader in theatre ticketing services through ATG Tickets. ATG’s impressive portfolio of West End theatres includes Apollo Victoria, Donmar Warehouse, Duke of York’s, Fortune, Harold Pinter, Lyceum, Phoenix, Piccadilly, Playhouse, Savoy, Trafalgar Studio 1 and Trafalgar Studio 2. ATG’s regional theatres include The Ambassadors Woking encompassing the New Victoria and Rhoda McGaw Theatres and the award-winning Ambassador Cinemas; Aylesbury Waterside Theatre; New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham; Theatre Royal Brighton; Bristol Hippodrome; Churchill Theatre Bromley; Edinburgh Playhouse; Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone; King’s Theatre and Theatre Royal, Glasgow; Grimsby Auditorium; Liverpool Empire; Palace Theatre and Opera House, Manchester; Milton Keynes Theatre; New Theatre, Oxford; Richmond Theatre; Southport Theatre; Regent Theatre and Victoria Hall, Stoke-on-Trent; Sunderland Empire; Princess Theatre, Torquay; New Wimbledon Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio; Grand Opera House, York. ATG has been behind some of the most successful and innovative productions in Britain and internationally. Current and recent ATG co-productions include South Pacific, Ghost The Musical, Legally Blonde The Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Elling, Guys and Dolls, Sweeney Todd, Company, Exit the King and The Rocky Horror Show.

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