Stamp of approval for Liverpool’s Everyman

LIVERPOOL’S Everyman Theatre features in a new set of stamps as Royal Mail celebrates ten iconic buildings in the UK. Rehoused in a new building in 2014, specialist theatre architects, Haworth Tompkins, used a rich and tactile palette of rough and smooth materials, including concrete, reused bricks, timber, cork, red leather, copper and plywood. The large stage, which projects into an auditorium of close-packed seating and was inspired by the Everyman’s former space, creates an intense relationship between actors and audience. On the street façade, 105 life-size portraits of Liverpool residents by local photographer Dan Kenyon were etched onto moveable aluminium sunshades. The Everyman Theatre was the Winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize for Building of the Year (2014). Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, said: “We are hugely honoured to see our beloved Everyman celebrated in this way. Through the design and construction process our sights were firmly fixed on creating the perfect theatre for our audiences and artists; it never occurred to us that one day it would be winning major architectural awards let alone being licked and stuck on envelopes! “Everyone at the Everyman is completely thrilled as I’m sure are all the local people represented on the shutters. It’s a very special thing.” Deborah Aydon, executive director at Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres, said:  “The Everyman was a ten-year labour of love for us all and it’s absolutely thrilling to have it feature on a Royal Mail stamp. “Liverpool has always been at the heart of what we do and architects Haworth Tompkins succeeded in making sure our fantastic theatre both welcomes and celebrates all members of our community.  It’s wonderful that the people of Liverpool depicted on the building are being celebrated in this unique way.” Steve Tompkins, director in charge of the Everyman project at Haworth Tompkins, said: “We set out to make a public building that the whole community could feel was part of their everyday lives, a place where members of a diverse society could continue to communicate with each other.  So to have the new Everyman immortalised on a stamp feels like a lovely endorsement of that ambition.  I’m looking forward to tiny Everymans winging their way around the globe as ambassadors for this extraordinary theatre company” Philip Parker, Stamp Strategy Manager, Royal Mail, said: “These new stamps celebrate visionary buildings which combine stunning architecture with great engineering.” Also featured in the set are: the London Aquatics Centre; the Library of Birmingham; the SEC Armadillo, Glasgow; the Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh; Giants’ Causeway Visitor Centre, Northern Ireland; the National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff; the Eden Project, St Austell; the IWM North, Manchester and the Blavatnik Building – formerly Switch House, Tate Modern, London.