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AUTUMN 2013

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WELCOME

DIARY I’m delighted to be able to present a fantastic season of shows appearing here at the Liverpool Empire in the coming months in this, our Autumn Guide 2013. There are just too many highlights to mention, but

certainly we’re honoured to host the tour premiere of West Side Story this September, and it’s exciting that tickets are now on sale for the Liverpool visit of the acclaimed musical Disney’s The Lion King, seen by over 70 million people worldwide! It’s our aim to ensure that you have a wonderful experience every time you visit us, from the moment you book your ticket until you leave the theatre after a memorable performance. We have four great bars at the Empire, in the atrium, stalls, foyer and circle. Did you know, our atrium bar opens half an hour before the main theatre doors open? That’s an hour and a half before the performance starts allowing you to relax, enjoy a drink and take in the lovely view through our floor to ceiling windows. There are often promotions available and you can pre-order your

JULY DORA THE EXPLORER LIVE! FRI 12 - SUN 14 JUL 6 STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL TUE 23 JUL 32 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL TUE 30 JUL - SAT 3 AUG

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AUGUST SOUL SISTER MON 5 - SAT 10 AUG

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STAGE EXPERIENCE

GREASE THU 22 - SAT 24 AUG

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JOHN EDWARD TUE 27 AUG

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SEPTEMBER VISION OF ELVIS THU 12 SEP

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BEATLEMANIA FRI 13 SEP

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WEST SIDE STORY TUE 24 - SAT 28 SEP

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OCTOBER SLEEPING BEAUTY ON ICE TUE 1 - SAT 5 OCT 10

interval drink so there’s no need to wait at the bar.

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We have a full confectionery range available in the

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foyer, and classic favourites can be purchased from the Little Darlings sweet cart in the circle bar. Alternatively, you could even buy an ice cream in the auditorium itself during the interval. We strive to make theatre accessible at a price to suit every pocket, and many shows are available at prices starting from just £10. For more

PRICE PROMISE

information see the panel on the right. On behalf of the whole team at the Empire, thank you for your continued support. We do hope to welcome you back very soon. Best wishes, Diane Belding General Manager

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AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE FRI 11 OCT

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THE RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR SAT 12 OCT

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RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA

HA HA HOLMES SUN 13 OCT

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JASON MANFORD WED 16 - THU 17 OCT

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THE ILLEGAL EAGLES FRI 18 OCT

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MOTOWN'S GREATEST HITS SAT 19 OCT 33 M PEOPLE SUN 20 OCT

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WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

TOSCA, ANNA BOLENA, MARIA STUARDA, ROBERTO DEVEREUX TUE 22 - SAT 26 OCT

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BLOOD BROTHERS MON 28 OCT - SAT 9 NOV

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NOVEMBER NORTH WEST DANCE CHALLENGE SUN 10 NOV THE SLIPPER AND THE ROSE WED 13 - SAT 16 NOV 16 ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET

NUTCRACKER WED 20 - SAT 23 NOV

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ED BYRNE SUN 24 NOV

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CATS TUE 26 NOV - SAT 7 DEC

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DECEMBER JASON BYRNE’S SPECIAL EYE SUN 1 DEC

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PETER PAN FRI 13 DEC - SUN 5 JAN

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DANCE ’TIL DAWN MON 31 MAR - WED 2 APR

PEPPA PIG’S BIG SPLASH SAT 18 JAN 34

APRIL SALLY MORGAN THU 3 APR

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BRENDAN COLE SUN 26 JAN

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ROY CHUBBY BROWN FRI 4 APR

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT MON 27 JAN - SAT 1 FEB

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SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN TUE 22 APR - SAT 3 MAY

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FEBRUARY OPERA & BALLET INTERNATIONAL

NABUCCO & AIDA FRI 7 - SAT 8 FEB

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GHOST THE MUSICAL TUE 11 - SAT 22 FEB

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SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS MON 24 FEB - SAT 1 MAR

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MARCH THRILLER LIVE MON 3 - SAT 8 MAR

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READY STEADY COOK LIVE! WED 12 MAR 34

BOST PRESENTS

West Side Story

SLEEPING BEAUTY, THE NUTCRACKER, SWAN LAKE TUE 7 JAN - THU 9 JAN

BUDDY THU 13 - SAT 15 MAR

MAY DISNEY’S THE LION KING FRI 16 MAY - SAT 5 JUL 30 OCTOBER RIVERDANCE TUE 28 OCT - SUN 2 NOV


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BEN RICHARDS JACKIE CLUNE NATALIE CASEY AMY LENNOX AND ANITA LOUISE COMBE FRIENDSHIP, GOSSIP, POISON, MURDER THESE GIRLS HAVE ALL THE FUN! 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is the hilarious new musical comedy based on the hit movie that centres on three office workers who turn the tables on their sexist boss. Featuring original numbers from Dolly Parton’s Oscar, Tony® and Grammy Award-nominated score, 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.

TUE 30 JUL - SAT 3 AUG Tue eve 8pm Wed - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP ATG THEATRE CARD £10 off opening night. Thereafter, £5 off C G S E Details page 39

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‘THE KIDS LOVE IT - THEIR ENTHUSIASM IS INFECTIOUS’WHATSONSTAGE

‘THE BEST CHILDREN’S SHOW I’VE EVER SEEN’ NATALIE CASSIDY

Everyone’s favourite explorer is embarking on a LIVE musical adventure across the UK! In Nickelodeon’s Dora the Explorer LIVE! Search for the City of Lost Toys, Dora has lost her teddy bear Osito and the search is on to retrieve him! With the help of the audience, Map, Backpack, Boots, Diego and their courageous friends, Dora uses her map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully pass through the number pyramid and the mixed-up jungle to reach the City of Lost Toys. But watch out - you never know what that sneaky fox Swiper might be up to along the way! Dora the Explorer fans will delight in this two act, song and dance spectacular that invites them to think, sing and play along. 6

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DIRECT FROM ITS TRIUMPHANT WEST END RUN AT LONDON’S SAVOY THEATRE ‘SIMPLY THE BEST! TRIUMPHANT!’ DAILY TELEGRAPH

Inspired by the music, life and times of IKE &

★★★★

‘SENSATIONAL’ THE TIMES

‘TERRIFIC’ Direct from its smash hit West End season, this new musical hailed as ‘SENSATIONAL’ THE TIMES is inspired by the life and times of Ike and Tina Turner. Critics and audiences alike are raving about the show with ‘A BACK CATALOGUE TO DIE FOR’ EVENING STANDARD. This ‘SLICK’ new musical (THE TIMES) features all the classic Tina Turner hits, including What’s Love Got To Do With It, Proud Mary, Private Dancer, River Deep Mountain High and of course Simply The Best and many more. The story follows the highs, lows, passions and heartbreak of Ike and Tina as their careers soared whilst their marriage crumbled, ultimately leading to Tina being catapulted to super stardom and heralded as one of the greatest solo artists of all time. Full of heart and soul, electrifying choreography, and stunning musical numbers, Soul Sister is sure to have you on your feet, partying the night away.

DAILY MAIL

MON 5 - SAT 10 AUG Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats available)

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THE NO.1 ‘GREATEST MUSICAL OF ALL TIME’ THE TIMES TOP 50 MUSICALS 2013

★★★★

‘IF YOU BUY ONE THEATRE TICKET, MAKE IT THIS ONE’ OBSERVER

★★★★

‘THIS IS A SHOW THAT TRULY HAS IT ALL. BLAZINGLY UNDIMINISHED’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

UK TOUR PREMIERE IN LIVERPOOL

Based on a conception by Jerome Robbins Book by Arthur Laurents Music by Leonard Bernstein Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

With ground-breaking choreography by the legendary Jerome Robbins, book by Arthur Laurents, an unforgettable score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story changed the face of musical theatre for ever. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and packed with unforgettable songs including Maria, Tonight, Somewhere, America and I Feel Pretty, this production of West Side Story has been described as ‘ONE OF THE TOWERING ACHIEVEMENTS OF MUSICAL THEATRE OF THE LAST CENTURY’ Guardian. Now Joey McKneely’s vibrant stage production of the classic musical, with Jerome Robbins original choreography, returns to the UK after international sell out success.

★★★★

‘QUITE SIMPLY A MASTERPIECE’ EVENING STANDARD

Entire original production directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins Originally produced on Broadway by Robert E. Griffith and Harold S. Prince by arrangement with Roger L. Stevens

TUE 24 - SAT 28 SEP Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £45 (Premium seats available)

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WORLD CLASS SKATING IN THE INTIMACY OF THE THEATRE

The Imperial Ice Stars, the world’s leading performers of theatrical ice dance, are returning to the UK with their stunning production Sleeping Beauty on Ice. Direct from a world tour of The Nutcracker on Ice, The Imperial Ice Stars last performed in the UK in May 2012 with a sell-out season of Swan Lake on Ice at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Set to the magnificent music of Tchaikovsky, Sleeping Beauty on Ice tells the classic fairytale love story through sublime world class skating, breathtaking high speed lifts and throws, awe-inspiring aerial gymnastics, stilt skating and fire effects - all in the intimacy of the theatre stage. The thrilling production features a 26-strong cast of Olympic, World, European and National Championship skaters, with choreography by renowned Russian Olympic coach Tatiana Tarasova and award-winning Tony Mercer, widely regarded as the world’s leading creator of theatre on ice. Sleeping Beauty on Ice is a spectacular theatrical experience which will thrill and enchant audiences of all ages.

‘HOTTEST ACT ON ICE’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

★★★★

‘SUBLIME AND SPECTACULAR’ DAILY MAIL TUE 1 - SAT 5 OCT Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed, Thu mat 2pm Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats available)

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IT’S THE ONE THAT YOU WANT

A MAGICAL ADVENTURE IN DANCE

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE STAGE EXPERIENCE, BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ROBERT STIGWOOD, PRESENT

BOOK, MUSIC, AND LYRICS BY JIM JACOBS AND WARREN CASEY

Stage Experience is returning to the Liverpool Empire this summer and it’s going to be electrifyin’! Over 100 young people from the local area will work with a professional creative team to stage the full scale musical production of Grease. It’s time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks and take a trip to a simpler time as ‘bad boy’ Danny and ‘the girl next door’ Sandy fall in love all over again. Featuring unforgettable songs from the hit movie including You’re The One That I Want, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Greased Lightnin’ and many more.

Grease is presented through special arrangement with and all authorised performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 570 Seventh Avenue, Suite 2100, New York, NY 10018. www.theatricalrights.com This is a non-professional production. In association with the Empire Theatre (Merseyside) Trust Ltd (Reg Charity 509458).

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Escape to Neverland with Liverpool Empire Youth Ballet’s debut production Peter Pan. Join Wendy, John, and Michael as they soar towards the second star to the right with Peter to a magical land, where adventures happen every day. Will you be able to brave the dastardly Captain Hook and his band of merry pirates who are looking for revenge? With a sumptuous score of modern classics and sensational choreography, we invite you to believe in the impossible and witness this dance performance which promises to be truly out of this world.

WED 9 - THU 10 OCT Wed - Thu eves 7pm

THU 22 - SAT 24 AUG Thu - Sat eves 7pm Sat mat 2pm

TICKETS £17 ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off

TICKETS £10 - £14.50 PP EARLY BOOKING OFFER £12.50. Book and pay by Fri 16 Aug G B Details page 39

Peter Pan written by J M Barrie By arrangement with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Samuel French Ltd

EARLY BOOKING OFFER Save £5, book by Thu 1 Aug. Thereafter, save £2 until Fri 27 Sep Details page 39


WELSH NATIONAL OPERA’S THE TUDORS

The Tudors Donizetti

New productions

Heads will roll ANNA BOLENA

TUE 22 - SAT 26 OCT Tosca Tue & Sat 7.15pm Anna Bolena Wed 7pm Maria Stuarda Thu 7.15pm Roberto Devereux Fri 7.15pm

Her story ends here

TICKETS £5 - £25

MARIA STUARDA

EXPLORE WITH US & SAVE Book two operas and save 25%, Book three or four operas and save 35%. Speak to the box office to find out more.

Elizabeth I head to head with Mary, Queen of Scots.

ROBERTO DEVEREUX Elizabeth and Essex. She rules the world, he rules her heart. WNO also performs

TOSCA PUCCINI An operatic thriller that goes straight for the heart.

FREE NEW TO OPERA TALK Tosca Sat 26 Oct 6.15pm Details page 39

wno.org.uk The Tudors is supported by a lead gift from Swansong Project Maria Stuarda is also supported by the WNO Friends and the WNO Idloes Owen Society.

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BILL KENWRIGHT PRESENTS

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THE MUSICAL FOR ALL TIME COMES HOME TO LIVERPOOL ‘BRINGS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING TO ITS FEET AND ROARING APPROVAL’ DAILY MAIL

‘EXHILARATING. ONE OF THE BEST MUSICALS EVER WRITTEN’ SUNDAY TIMES

Written by Willy Russell, the legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning Blood Brothers. Bill Kenwright’s production recently surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the Standing Ovation Musical, as inevitably it; ‘BRINGS THE AUDIENCE CHEERING TO ITS FEET AND ROARING ITS APPROVAL’ JACK TINKER, DAILY MAIL

MON 28 OCT - SAT 9 NOV Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats available)

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THE CINDERELLA MUSICAL

FROM THE FAMOUS SHERMAN BROTHERS WRITERS OF MARY POPPINS, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG AND THE JUNGLE BOOK The Slipper and the Rose is a story about two people in love, but those two people just happen to be Cinderella and the charming Prince Edward! BOST bring your favourite characters to life, with Cinderella and her Fairy Godmother joining forces to thwart her scheming Stepmother and Stepsisters, and deliver humour and romance within a world of charming music and sumptuous costumes. You know it will be a happy-ever-after ending, but did the course of true love ever run smoothly? Of course, there has to be a sprinkling of magic along the way. This re-telling of the much-loved and enchanting fairytale as a stage musical will appeal to all generations. So, with family tickets available at just £48, book early to guarantee an evening of romantic delight! 16

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with NODA Limited on behalf of Excelsior Group Productions and Paradine Co Productions Limited

A LAVISH STAGE PRODUCTION BASED ON THE RICHARD CHAMBERLAIN AND GEMMA CRAVEN FILM WED 13 - SAT 16 NOV Wed - Sat eves 7.30pm Sat mat 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £24 PP ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off Thu - Sat eve C G F S Details page 39

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DIRECT FROM LONDON’S WEST END

★★★★★

‘DAZZLING’

Nutcracker

THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

★★★★

‘ONE OF THE BEST NUTCRACKERS AROUND’ DAILY EXPRESS

Journey back in time with English National Ballet to a frostcovered, gas-lit world and join Clara, her Nutcracker doll and the magician Drosselmeyer in this traditional, festive tale for all the family.

WED 20 - SAT 23 NOV Wed - Sat eves 7.30pm Thu mat 2pm Sat mat 2.30pm

On an enchanted Christmas Eve, under the heavy boughs of the candlelit tree, Clara battles with the Mouse King and falls in love with a handsome prince. As the air grows colder and snowflakes begin to fall, Clara and her valiant Nutcracker take a hot air balloon ride across the frost-dusted skyline to the glistening Land of Snow where her adventure really begins.

TICKETS £10 - £35 PP

In a world of Edwardian elegance, Nutcracker brings to life the eternally popular Tchaikovsky score featuring the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Waltz of the Flowers. This classical production is a magical, memorable and unmissable seasonal treat. Photograph by Guy Farrow

(Premium seats available)

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‘A REAL VISUAL AND MUSICAL TREAT’ BRISTOL EVENING POST

‘PURRFECT

NOT TO BE MISSED’ METRO 18

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‘CATS IS PURE ENTERTAINMENT AND LEAVES THEATRE FANS PURRING!’ ABERDEEN EVENING EXPRESS

Don’t miss Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s extraordinary record-breaking, smash-hit musical as it returns to the Liverpool Empire for two weeks only! Adapted from TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, this wonderful blend of fantasy, drama and romance is set on the night that the Jellicle Cats meet for the Jellicle Ball in a sparkling fusion of music, dance and verse. With an amazing musical score that includes the timeless Memory, spectacular set designs, stunning costumes and breathtaking choreography, Cats is a magical musical like no other. One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, Cats has enchanted audiences in over 300 cities around the world - now you too have the chance to experience this legendary musical phenomenon.

TUE 26 NOV - SAT 7 DEC Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £37.50 PP (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price on first 2 eve shows Thereafter, £6 off (Mon - Fri) (Strictly limited availability)

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RAY QUINN

LOUIS EMERICK PETE PRICE LEANNE CAMPBELL EMMA STEPHENS SHAUN MASON STAR IN

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THE CROC IS TICKING SO HOOK YOUR TICKETS FOR THIS YEAR’S FAMILY PANTO ADVENTURE!

★★★★★

‘PANTOMIMES DO NOT GET MUCH BETTER THAN THIS’ LIVERPOOL POST ON CINDERELLA 2012

‘THE BEST PANTOMIME EVER 10/10’ BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE ON CINDERELLA 2012

Panto returns this Christmas with a line-up of Liverpool favourites in Peter Pan! Ray Quinn (Grease, Dancing on Ice, X-Factor) stars in the title role, alongside Brookside’s Louis Emerick as Captain Hook, Radio City’s Pete Price as Starkey, Juice FM’s Leanne Campbell as Tiger Lily, Shaun Mason (Cinderella’s Buttons) as Smee, and Emma Stephens as Wendy. Fly away on a spectacular journey of wonder and excitement into the magical world of Neverland this festive season. Join Peter, Wendy and the Lost Boys in their thrilling adventure to save Tinkerbell from the villainous Captain Hook and his crew of dastardly pirates. With stunning special effects (including amazing flying!), sumptuous costumes, superb sets and a good helping of fairy dust, Peter Pan is the perfect treat for the whole family and for those who never want to grow up!

‘LAVISH COSTUMES, SENSATIONAL SETS AND A STELLAR CAST’ PUBLIC REVIEWS ON CINDERELLA 2012

FRI 13 DEC 2013 SUN 5 JAN 2014 DECEMBER 2013 Fri 13

7pm

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Sun 15

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5pm

Mon 16

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Tue 17

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Wed 18

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Thu 19

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Fri 20

2pm

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Sat 21

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Sun 22

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Mon 23

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Tue 24

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Wed 25

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Fri 27

2pm

7pm

Sat 28

2pm

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Sun 29

1pm

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Mon 30

2pm

7pm

Tue 31

1pm

JANUARY 2014 Wed 1 No performances Thu 2

2pm

6pm

Fri 3

2pm

6pm

Sat 4

2pm

7pm

Sun 5

1pm

TICKETS £10 £19.50 £27.50 PP (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price Fri 13 & Mon 16 Dec, Thu 2 & Fri 3 Jan eves FAMILY TICKET £65 (4 tickets, on top 2 prices, excl. Sat 14, Sat 21 – Tue 24, Fri 27 & Sat 28 Dec mats)

SUPERB EMPIRE QUALITY & PRICES FROM JUST £10 IT’S THE BEST VALUE PANTO IN TOWN!

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‘MISS IT AT YOUR PERIL’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

INCLUDING THE MASSIVE HITS

MAGGIE MAY, BABY JANE, HOT LEGS, DO YA THINK I’M SEXY?, SOME GUYS HAVE ALL THE LUCK, OOH LA LA, SAILING, TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT PLUS MANY MORE! 22


FEATURING 20 OF ROD STEWART’S GREATEST HITS PHIL MCINTYRE ENTERTAINMENTS, ARNOLD STIEFEL AND AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP PRESENT

WRITTEN BY BEN ELTON

‘TOP SHOW. TOP SONGS. TOP BLOKE. ROD STILL ROCKS!’ HEART FM Rod Stewart is quite simply one of the best selling recording artists of all time in a career spanning five decades. Tonight’s The Night, the smash hit West End musical comedy inspired by the songs of Rod is the all-singing, all-dancing feel good show which went on to play sold-out theatres across the UK. Tonight’s The Night is back and now is your chance to rediscover the magic of timeless classic songs, from Maggie May to Baby Jane and Hot Legs to Sailing plus many more! Set on the mean streets of Detroit and in the glamorous clubs of uptown LA, Tonight’s The Night tells the story of a shy young man, so tongue tied that he cannot find the courage to declare his love to the girl of his dreams. How different he is to his hero, that legendary rock n’ roll vagabond Rod Stewart - now there’s a guy who never had any trouble hitting on a girl! One night our hero strikes a deal with the Devil, trading his soul for Rod’s. It seems like a good idea at the time but this guy is about to find out the hard way that you can’t find true love using another man’s moves and that Devil or no Devil, there’s only one Rod Stewart! Written by multi award-winning writer and comedian Ben Elton (We Will Rock You) this sensational musical comedy features spectacular staging, a world class band and dazzling choreography. Directed by Cjay Ranger, Choreographed by Denise Ranger. Photos of previous cast.

‘THE BIGGEST SMASH HIT IN YEARS’ CAPITAL RADIO

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THE RUSSIAN STATE BALLET OF SIBERIA RETURNS

THE ALL-TIME FAVOURITE MUSICAL COMES TO LIVERPOOL! PAUL NICHOLAS PETER FROSDICK GEORGE CRITCHLEY PRESENTS

Sleeping Beauty Every child’s favourite fairy tale, this is the classic story of love and innocence, mystery and magic set to Tchaikovsky’s sublime score.

The Nutcracker This most famous of fantasy ballets transports us to an enchanting world where toy dolls come to life, in a magical production.

Swan Lake The greatest romantic ballet of all time is brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s haunting and unforgettable score.

SAM ATTWATER

HELENA BLACKMAN

as Adam

as Milly

THE ACCLAIMED BRAND NEW VERSION OF THE CLASSIC AMERICAN FRONTIER MUSICAL This sensational production features colourful costumes, fabulous sets, and sassy high energy performances and includes sixteen smash hit showstoppers - Bless Your Beautiful Hide, Sobbin’ Women, Love Never Goes Away, Wonderful, Wonderful Day, Goin’ Courtin’, Glad That You Were Born and many, many more! This breath-taking show is guaranteed to put a spring in your step and a tune on your lips! It’s toe-tapping good! MON 24 FEB - SAT 1 MAR Mon eve 7.45pm Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

TUE 7 - THU 9 JAN Sleeping Beauty Tue 7.30pm The Nutcracker Wed 7.30pm Swan Lake Thu 2.30pm & 7.30pm

TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats available)

TICKETS £10 - £34.50 PP (Premium seats available)

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Directed and Choreographed by Broadway’s award-winning Patti Colombo.

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OPERA AND BALLET INTERNATIONAL PRESENT TWO ELLEN KENT PRODUCTIONS

★★★★★

DIRECTED BY ELLEN KENT, FEATURING THE CELEBRATED CHISINAU NATIONAL OPERA AND NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC WITH INTERNATIONAL GUEST SOLOISTS

NABUCCO WITH THE FAMOUS CHORUS OF THE HEBREW SLAVES Ellen Kent returns with a new production of the very first opera she ever produced. Verdi’s haunting and melodic chorus of the Hebrew slaves follows the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco. This powerful tale is laced with revenge, destruction and jealousy. A spectacular traditionally staged production featuring magnificent sets and costumes with amazing lighting and stage effects. Nabucco promises to be an evening to remember.

AIDA THE GRANDEST OF ALL ELLEN KENT’S OPERAS RETURNS TO THE UK A stunning, traditional production of this magnificent story of war, jealousy and revenge. The doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames, unfolds against stunning sets inspired by the Valley of the Kings. Spectacular ballet sequences. Unforgettable arias including the classic Triumphal March. Incredible pyrotechnics, mesmerising fire spinners with a magnificent wall of fire! NOT TO BE MISSED! Both Operas are sung in Italian with English surtitles

‘VISUALLY AND VOCALLY GRIPPING FROM START TO FINISH’ THE INDEPENDENT ON AIDA

WINNER OF THE BEST OPERA AWARD LIVERPOOL POST THEATRE AWARDS FOR AIDA

‘A TERRIFIC PRODUCTION’ LIVERPOOL DAILY POST ON NABUCCO FRI 7 - SAT 8 FEB Nabucco Fri 7.30pm Aida Sat 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £29.50 PP (Premium seats available)

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THE MUSICAL PHENOMENON DIRECT FROM THE WEST END

★★★★★

‘JAW-DROPPINGLY AMAZING’ MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS Direct from the West End, the smash-hit musical Ghost comes to Liverpool for two weeks this February. Based on the phenomenal Oscar-winning movie that captured the hearts and imaginations of a generation back in the 90s, Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next, trying to communicate with girlfriend Molly through a phoney psychic in the hope of saving her from his murderer. Adapted for the stage by Bruce Joel Rubin from his own Oscarwinning screenplay for the film, the amazing special effects and dazzling staging are by the multi award-winning Paul Kieve (Inner Magic Circle member) and Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus. With a score by rock legends and Grammy award winners, Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) and Glen Ballard (Michael Jackson and Alanis Morrisette), and featuring the unforgettable Unchained Melody, Ghost is a rollercoaster ride of romance and comedy with dazzling state-of-the-art staging.

‘A DAZZLING DISPLAY OF UNDYING LOVE’ THE TIMES

TUE 11 - SAT 22 FEB Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm TICKETS £10 - £35 PP (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price on opening night & Wed 12 Feb. Thereafter, £6 off (Mon - Fri) C G S Details page 39

0844 871 3017 (bkg fee) www.atgtickets.com/liverpool Main photograph by Matt Crockett. Original London cast photography by Sean Ebsworth Barnes.

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CELEBRATING THE UNDISPUTED KING OF POP

25TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR BEFORE THE BEATLES, BEFORE THE STONES,

PAUL WALDEN & DEREK NICOL FOR FLYING MUSIC IN ASSOCIATION WITH ADRIAN GRANT FOR KEY CONCERTS PRESENT

ROCK & ROLL WAS BORN!

FEATURING THE SONGS OF

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THE WEST END HIT MUSICAL

Direct from London’s West End, the record breaking Thriller Live is a spectacular concert celebrating the career of the world’s greatest entertainer that takes you on an electrifying journey through the magic of Michael’s musical history. Experience non-stop hits from pop to rock, soul to disco plus innovative dance moves executed with flair, precision and passion in a show that you will never forget.

Forget feel good, Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story is Feel Great! Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story, from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. Featuring songs including That’ll Be The Day, Oh Boy and Rave On, this is show is just Peggy Sue-Perb! THU 13 - SAT 15 MAR Thu 7.30pm Fri 5pm & 8.30pm Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm

MON 3 - SAT 8 MAR Mon - Thu eves 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8pm Sat 3pm & 7.30pm

TICKETS £10 - £25 PP (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price on opening night. Thereafter, £5 off.

TICKETS £16 - £28.50 (Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD £3.50 off C G E Details page 39 28

EARLY BOOKING OFFER £5 off, book by Sat 31 Aug. @buddythemusical buddythemusical.com #buddy25

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THE SMASH HIT MUSICAL COMES TO LIVERPOOL!

‘ONE OF THE MOST MARVELLOUS MOVIE MUSICALS OF ALL TIME NOW BIGGER, BOLDER AND BETTER’ MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘THIS ALL-TAPPING, ALL-SPLASHING SHOW WILL PUT A SMILE ON ANYONE’S FACE’ DAILY EXPRESS

Direct from the West End, this superbly enjoyable production of Singin’ in the Rain is a smash hit with critics and audiences alike. It tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies - and some of its stars – behind.

TUE 22 APR - SAT 3 MAY Mon - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed & Sat mats 2.30pm

This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinseltown glamour of one the world’s best loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ’em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

TICKETS £10 - £43.50 PP

Featuring screen star Maxwell Caulfield as studio boss R F Simpson and Coronation Street favourite Vicky Binns as the ‘uniquely voiced’ starlet Lina Lamont, high energy choreography and sumptuous set design (including 12,000 litres of water!), Singin’ in the Rain showers you with everything you could wish for in a hit musical.

C G S E Details page 39

Images of West End cast. Photography by Manuel Harlan.

(Premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD Half price on opening night. Thereafter, £6 off Mon - Fri.

0844 871 3017 (bkg fee) www.atgtickets.com/liverpool

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THE ACCLAIMED WEST END AND BROADWAY MUSICAL COMES TO LIVERPOOL

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Set against the majesty of the Serengeti Plains and to the evocative rhythms of Africa, Disney’s The Lion King is a worldwide theatrical phenomenon. It has been seen by over 70 million people worldwide and is still drawing sell-out crowds at London’s Lyceum Theatre in its 14th year. In May 2014 this award-winning production will begin its long anticipated season at the Liverpool Empire.

FRI 16 MAY - SAT 5 JUL Tue - Sat eves 7.30pm Wed, Sat & Sun mats 2.30pm Extra Thu mat 29 May & 3 Jul 2.30pm

A spectacular visual feast, this adaptation of Disney’s classic film transports audiences to a dazzling world that explodes with glorious colours, stunning effects and enchanting music. At its heart is the powerful and moving story of Simba - the epic adventure of his journey from wide-eyed cub to his destined role as King of the Pridelands.

TICKETS £10 - £55 PP

DON’T MISS THIS ACCLAIMED PRODUCTION WHEN IT ARRIVES AT THE LIVERPOOL EMPIRE!

0844 871 3017 (bkg fee)

(Premium seats available)

C G S E Details page 39

www.atgtickets.com/liverpool

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COMEDY, DANCE, MUSIC & MORE!

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL TUE 23 JUL 7.30pm TICKETS £10 - £39.50 C G (premium seats available)

ATG THEATRE CARD £5 off This fab-u-lous dance spectacular told through the eyes of Lisa Riley. Directed by Craig Revel Horwood. Joined by Artem Chigvintsev, Natalie Lowe, Ian Waite and an ensemble of world class dancers! A Strictly fix that’s not to be missed.

BEATLEMANIA FRI 13 SEP 7.30pm TICKETS £19 Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their very first number one hit, the authoritative Beatles live concert show is coming to town. The show promises to transport music fans from The Beatles’ Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond, from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

JOHN EDWARD

VISION OF ELVIS

TUE 27 AUG 7.30pm TICKETS £31 - £51

THU 12 SEP 7.30pm

John Edward is an internationally acclaimed Psychic Medium, lecturer and author! Popularly known for his internationally syndicated TV shows: Crossing over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country. Now you can see him live in Liverpool! A John Edward event lasts for two hours with no interval.

Rob and his sensational band bring you an evening of all the classic hits, from the hipswivelling 50s all the way to the 1968 comeback special, the finale being the electrifying jumpsuit concert years. This show leaves you in no doubt that you are witnessing a truly authentic Elvis show!

AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE

THE RAT PACK

TICKETS £19 C

FRI 11 OCT 8pm TICKETS £26

VEGAS SPECTACULAR SAT 12 OCT 3pm & 7.30pm

ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off C

TICKETS £17 - £21

Britain’s biggest burlesque showhere direct from the West End. A riotous romp into the bizarre world of burlesque and cuttingedge variety, it’s the slickest, wickedly wittiest, cabaret extravaganza of the year. Dress up and come to the cabaret. Over 18s. www.easytheatres.com

Kids free T&C apply C The ‘Purveyors of Cool’ return for 2 great shows featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Wonderful memories of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr - Come Fly With Me, Mr BoJangles, Sway, Mack The Knife & more. www.ratpack.biz

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STARRING SUB HEADING JOE PASQUALE DATE13 SUN Time OCTTICKETS 7.30pm £? ATG THEATRE CARD C £? off TICKETS £17 - £19

WED 16 DATE Time - THU TICKETS 17 OCT £? 8pm ATG THEATRE TICKETS £23.50 CARD £? off

HEAVEN DATE Time HEATS TICKETS UP TOUR £? FRI ATG18 THEATRE OCT 7.30pm CARD £? off TICKETS G F S £21 .50 - £23.50

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The comedy event of the year! Awaiting copy There’s a beast on the moors, a crime to be solved, and with the Ha Ha team on the case what can go right? You’d be barking to miss this new show from theatre’s funniest parodists as Holmes & Watson embark on their most dangerous adventure yet!

MOTOWN’S TBC SUB HEADING HITS GREATEST

DATESWEET Time TICKETS £? HOW IT IS ATG 19 THEATRE CARD £? off SAT OCT 7.30pm G F S £22.50 C G TICKETS ATG THEATRE CARD £2 off Awaiting copy The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown is back by popular demand! This stunning 100% live show combine’s first class music together with the slickest choreography and an amazing band, delivering a truly outstanding Motown experience. x

G F S Everybody’s favourite northern comedian, Jason Manford, has Awaiting copy announced a brand new tour for 2013. The show promises to feature a wealth of comedy anecdotes, misunderstandings and audience banter delivered with Jason’s likeable charm and teasingly intelligent wit.

C G Awaiting copy In 1980 The Eagles took a 14-year break and returned with the now classic album Hell Freezes Over. The legendary tribute band Illegal Eagles, have no intention of taking any time off and are back this year with their Heaven Heats Up tour. Bringing you all the classic songs.

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SUN 20 DATE Time OCTTICKETS Doors 7pm £? ATG THEATRE TICKETS £26 - £56 CARD £? off

ROARING DATE TimeFORTIES TICKETS £? SUN 24 NOV 8pm ATG THEATRE CARD £? off TICKETS G F S £23.50

G F S Mercury prize winners M People come to Liverpool in celebration Awaiting copy of their 20th anniversary since the release of acclaimed seminal album Elegant Slumming and as a full live band, playing all their hits including Moving On Up, Search For The Hero and One Night In Heaven.

A self-confessed Awaiting copy ‘miserable old git’ since the age of 23, Ed Byrne is now in his forties. While for others this might result in a crisis that prompts the purchase of a sports car, Ed embraces middle age with open arms. Come join him, as he truly comes of age and gives out his clarion cry, ‘I AM IN MY FORTIES. HEAR ME ROAR!’

BOOK NOW www.atgtickets.com/xxx (bkgBOOK fee) NOW 0844 871 3017 (bkg fee)

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MORE TOP COMEDY, MUSIC AND DANCE

JASON BYRNE’S SPECIAL EYE

PEPPA PIG’S BIG SPLASH!

SUN 1 DEC 8pm TICKETS £18.50

SAT 18 JAN 1pm & 4pm TICKETS £14.50 - £16.50 C F (premium seats available)

Star of new BBC1 sitcom Father Figure, Jason Byrne and his special eye head out on the road. Why Special Eye? Because Jason’s shows are special and yes, British public, so is his eye. ‘YOU ARE JUST BLOWN AWAY BY THE SHEER FORCE OF HIS TALENT AND CHARISMA’ INDEPENDENT

READY STEADY COOK LIVE! WED 12 MAR 7.30pm TICKETS £26 The nation’s favourite cookery show live on stage! Russell Grant and Lesley Waters are joined by a celebrity chef serving up all the ingredients of Britain’s best loved cooking show. Will ‘Green Peppers’ or ‘Red Tomatoes’ triumph? Decide and vote at Ready Steady Cook Live! www.readysteadycooklive.com

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BRENDAN COLE LICENCE TO THRILL SUN 26 JAN 7.30pm TICKETS £25 - £35 C G

Come and join Peppa and her friends in Peppa’s Big Splash for another all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and muddy puddles! Peppa Pig returns live on stage with super cute puppets and brilliant sing-along songs in this brand new show that will brighten your day!

Brendan Cole is once again set to dazzle audiences with his current show. Brendan, one of Strictly’s most charismatic performers, will host throughout and along with his company of 20 musicians and dancers treat you to an evening of ballroom magic in this dance extravaganza!

SALLY MORGAN

ROY CHUBBY BROWN

PSYCHIC SALLY ON THE ROAD THU 3 APR 7.30pm TICKETS £24.50 G The star of Sky Living’s Psychic Sally On The Road, returns for another tour. Extremely entertaining, due to Sally’s warm and bubbly personality, audiences have been left amazed as she delivers messages with astounding accuracy. Sally Morgan is investigational and the show is for the purpose of entertainment.

FRI 4 APR 7.30pm TICKETS £21 ATG THEATRE CARD £1.50 off C Roy Chubby Brown returns with his bluest show yet! He’s still rude, he’s still crude and this time he’s turning headlines into punch-lines as his rip-roaring brand of banter continues to burst bellies across the country. If easily offended, please stay away!


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TUE 26 NOV - SAT 7 DEC GROUPS 10+ £5 off top 3 prices GROUPS 20+ £6 off top three prices, plus 1 ticket free GROUPS 50+ £7 off top three prices, plus 3 tickets free

AUDIO DESCRIBED Thu 26 Sep 7.30pm SIGNED Fri 27 Sep 7.30pm

make BIG savings on your tickets! Groups of friends, family, colleagues or school trips can access exclusively reduced ticket prices. A book now pay later scheme is available too. Look below for examples of BIG group savings on many of our shows! Also a group of 8 people saves on booking fees.

OUR GROUP SALES TEAM IS WAITING TO HEAR FROM YOU!

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SCHOOL GROUPS £16 plus 1 teacher free with every 10 pupils. Rear stalls and rear circle only. Mon - Wed eve plus midweek mat. Strictly limited availability

PETER PAN FRI 13 DEC - SUN 5 JAN GROUPS 10+ Stalls £15 top 2 prices, Circle £15 top price, £9.50 2nd, 3rd price (selected perfs)

Call 0844 871 3037 (Mon - Fri, 10am - 6pm) or visit atgtickets.com/groups

SCHOOL GROUPS £10 INCL FREE ICE CREAM! Plus 1 teacher free with every 10 pupils.

WEST SIDE STORY

Available Mon 16 - Thu 19 Dec, 20 Dec mat, Thu 2 - Fri 3 Jan

TUE 24 – SAT 28 SEP GROUPS 10+ £5 off top 3 prices GROUPS 20+ £6 off top 3 prices plus 1 free ticket GROUPS 50+ £7 off top 3 prices plus 3 free tickets (Tue - Thu) SCHOOL GROUPS £14 plus 1 teacher goes free in 10 (circle, Tue - Thu)

BLOOD BROTHERS MON 28 OCT - SAT 9 NOV GROUPS 10+ £4 off top 3 prices GROUPS 20+ £4 off top 3 prices plus 1 ticket free in every 10. GROUPS 50+ £4 off top 3 prices plus 1 ticket free in every 10 plus and extra 3 free in 50. Excludes Fri/Sat eves

SCHOOLS GROUPS Best available tickets £10.50 plus 1 teacher goes free with every 10 pupils. Wed mat only

GHOST TUE 11 - SAT 22 FEB GROUPS 10+ £5 off top 3 prices GROUPS 20+ £6 off top 3 prices plus 1 free ticket GROUPS 50+ £7 off top 3 prices plus 3 free tickets (Excl Sat, strictly limited availability)

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THE LION KING FRI 16 MAY - SAT 5 JUL GROUPS 10+ £5 off top 3 prices (Tue - Thu, excl w/c 27 May, strictly limited availability)

SCHOOL GROUPS Top price reduced to £25, 2nd and 3rd price £20. Plus 1 teacher free with every 10 pupils. (Wed mat and eve, excl 27 May, strictly limited availability)

WELSH NATIONAL OPERA

MARIA STUARDA AUDIO DESCRIBED Thu 24 Oct 7.15pm

BLOOD BROTHERS AUDIO DESCRIBED Thu 7 Nov 7.30pm SIGNED Wed 6 Nov 7.30pm CAPTIONED Tue 5 Nov 7.30pm

CATS AUDIO DESCRIBED Wed 4 Dec 7.30pm SIGNED Tue 3 Dec 7.30pm CAPTIONED Thu 5 Dec 7.30pm

PETER PAN AUDIO DESCRIBED Fri 20 Dec 7pm SIGNED Thu 19 Dec 7pm CAPTIONED Mon 30 Dec 7pm DISNEY’S

THE LION KING AUDIO DESCRIBED Thu 12 Jun 7.30pm SIGNED Thu 19 Jun 7.30pm CAPTIONED Wed 4 Jun 7.30pm Tickets are subject to availability and priced £15, except Maria Stuarda (£5) and Disney’s The Lion King (£25)

To book for any of these performances, or for more information please contact the Access Officer on 0151 702 7328 (Mon - Fri 10am - 6pm) or email liverpoolgroups@ theambassadors.com

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CREATIVE LEARNING SHOW BASED MASTER CLASSES FOR INDIVIDUALS £6.50 per head

9 TO 5 TUE 30 JUL 11am - 12.30pm Gentle movement session for participants aged 50+ led by a member of the cast. FRI 2 AUG 4pm - 5.15pm Join cast member Andrew Waldron to learn a routine from the show followed by a Q&A about working in a touring show. Suitable for participants aged 11+

WEST SIDE STORY WED 25 SEP 5.30pm - 7pm Dance workshop to explore the choreographic approach of Jerome Robbins. ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET

NUTCRACKER THU 21 NOV 10am - 1pm LIVE DRAWING EVENT Workshop looking at the skills necessary to draw the moving body and then put these skills into practice whilst watching morning company class. £20 Ages 16+ FRI 22 NOV 5pm - 6.30pm DANCE IS THE WORD Join a seminar style discussion about dance criticism and what it takes to write about dance. Includes a ticket to see the show and an opportunity to write a review which will be submitted to English National Ballet’s Dance is the Word Blog: https://danceistheword. wordpress.com/ £20 Ages 16+ 36

SAT 23 NOV 9.30am - 12pm Centre Stage Series: Nutcracker Family Dance and Design Event A chance for the whole family to learn more about the story Nutcracker through dance and art activities. £30 Ticket for 1 adult and 1 child (5 - 16). SAT 23 NOV 11.30am - 1pm Watch the daily class, essential for dancers to maintain and improve their technique. £12 Ages 5+

CATS Would you like the chance to meet some of the ‘feline’ stars of the show? INTRODUCTION WORKSHOP Ideal for students prior to seeing the show. DANCE WORKSHOP Explore the electrifying dance style of the show. PERFORMANCE POETRY WORKSHOP Explore TS Eliot’s poetry and cat characters. SCHOOL/GROUP PROJECT Work with the Creative Learning team to explore the show and characters through musical theatre. Schools/groups will then come together for a sharing session to celebrate their work, hosted by one of the participating schools. FOR DETAILS OF COSTS AND TIMES OF THESE AND OTHER EVENTS http://creativelearning.atg. co.uk/eventsworkshops/ liverpool-events/

Pictures: Large pic right hand page Brian Slater Photography Small pics Mike James

LIVERPOOL EMPIRE PERFORMING ARTS CLUBS The Liverpool Empire Theatre offers a number of weekly sessions where children and young people are nurtured and supported by our qualified dance, drama and singing teachers so each individual can achieve their full potential.

NEW EMPIRE MUSICAL THEATRE STARS No audition necessary. Membership is for a full academic year Sep 2013 Jul 2014. Learn dance, drama and singing skills in this weekly session, with the option of taking the accredited examinations in Dance for Musical Theatre. The fun filled session will culminate in a yearly summer showcase performance. Ages 6 - 9, Thu 5.15pm - 6.30pm. THU 26 SEP 2013 THU 3 JUL 2014 Cost £140 per academic year (Instalment plan available, optional examinations extra)


WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS TO JOIN OUR YOUTH DANCE AND YOUTH THEATRE Youth Dance and Youth Theatre meet weekly at the Empire Theatre. Previous productions and projects have included U.Dance Northwest, 013 Dance Festival, Billy Elliot Youth, Schools Edition Les MisĂŠrables and Footloose.

AUDITIONS

Company members have the option to train for Ballet examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance and Theatre craft examinations with IDTA. Open to participants aged 11 - 21

To find out more and to register for an audition please email natalieflynn@ theambassadors.com

TUE 22 OCT 2013 Liverpool Empire Youth Dance Company WED 23 & THU 24 OCT 2013 Liverpool Empire Youth Theatre Auditions

CONTACT US Natalie Flynn, Creative Learning Manager natalieflynn@ theambassadors.com 0151 702 7337 Lauren Taylor, Creative Learning Officer laurentaylor@ theambassadors.com 0151 702 7339 Proud to be a part of the Family Arts Festival

The Empire Theatre (Merseyside) Trust Ltd. Reg Charity No: 1437514 (England)

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HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS FIRST CLASS ENTERTAINING FACILITIES FOR ALL OCCASIONS WITH A DEDICATED HOSPITALITY TEAM ENSURING YOU RECEIVE THE HIGHEST LEVEL OF SERVICE CORPORATE HIRE Whether the need is for a board meeting, a presentation, a seminar or exhibition, we can offer the perfect surroundings to meet your requirements. Not to mention our first class catering service and highly dedicated team who will provide you with everything you need to make your event a success. Focus your attention on business and leave the rest to us.

PRIVATE HIRE The Empire Theatre is an ideal setting to celebrate that special occasion. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding or retirement party, we will ensure it’s an event to remember. With imaginative catering options prepared by our executive chef and friendly staff on hand committed to providing the highest quality service, you can be sure you are in the safest hands.

WEDDINGS AND CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS There are few locations that can provide the elegance and romance of the Empire Theatre and because we believe that every wedding should be unique we pride ourselves on helping you achieve this, in this very special venue. All parts of the theatre are licensed for civil ceremonies; choose from one of our elegant suites, or for the more adventurous, hold your ceremony on our world famous stage. We offer top class catering, and will provide you with a highly dedicated events team every step of the way, who will share in your ideas and help you create your perfect day, one you will cherish forever. 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 38

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 ask staff for more details. Bookings are advised, call our dedicated team on 0151 702 7354.


BOOKING INFORMATION ONLINE Book all shows 24hrs a day at www.atgtickets.com/liverpool (secure online bookings). All bookings are subject to fees. Payment Methods: Credit Card/ Debit Cards 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. BOOK IN PERSON Call into our Box Office at the Empire on the corner of London Road and Lime Street, Monday to Saturday 12 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.

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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.atgtickets.com/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

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 All information in this brochure is correct at time of printing, and is subject to change.

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 ATG Tickets for most shows are subject to a per ticket booking fee at a maximum of £4.90. In all cases there is a transaction 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. 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. We have recently used this fund to replace over half of the stalls seats and carpet. EMPIRE THEATRE TRUST The Empire Theatre is managed by The Ambassador Theatre Group (Venues) Limited on behalf of The Empire Theatre (Merseyside) Trust Ltd

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AMBASSADOR THEATRE GROUP Co-founded by Sir Howard Panter and Rosemary Squire OBE in 1992, the Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd (ATG) has grown to be the UK’s largest theatre group with a total of 40 venues in Britain and on Broadway and an internationally recognised theatre producer. It is also 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 and Trafalgar Studios 1 & 2. In New York, ATG owns The Foxwoods Theatre, the largest theatre on Broadway. 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 and Grand Opera House, York. Current and recent ATG co-productions include Macbeth, The Hothouse, Passion Play, Posh, Jumpy and Constellations (Royal Court at the Duke of York’s), 9 To 5 The Musical, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Legally Blonde The Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Goodnight Mister Tom, The Mystery of Charles Dickens, South Pacific, All New People, Dandy Dick, Blue/ Orange, Ghost The Musical, Matthew Bourne’s Nutcracker!, Exit the King, The Mountaintop, Being Shakespeare, The Misanthrope, West Side Story, Elling and Guys and Dolls.

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