New stage play celebrates 125 years of Goodison Park

THE Epstein Theatre is to welcome Kenny O’Connell’s stage show, From the Heart of Everton’s Badge to The Grand Old Lady to the venue from Wed 22 – Sat 25 August.

After the success of the stage-play Ball of Fire in 2017, Blue Park Theatre return in conjunction with The Epstein Theatre, delving into the extraordinary history of Goodison Park, which has been home to Everton Football Club for 125 years.

Starring ex Everton player Ronnie Goodlass, some of the most memorable nights played at Goodison Park will be dramatized on stage along with footage from matches in Everton’s history.

The story is centred around the Everton Lock-up which has stood at the peak of Everton Brow since 1787; steeped in rich history, many untold stories attached to this small tower and Goodison Park, are all about to revealed.

Celebrating one hundred and twenty-five years at Goodison Park, Everton FC have organised an event outside the Lock-Up to promote the anticipated move to Bramley Moore Dock. Two Evertonians, Jamie and Robbo barge their way through the crowd and barricade themselves inside the Lock-up in protest.

As the show unfolds, Jamie informs Robbo of his goal to search for Prince Rupert’s gold believed to be buried underground, which he intends to use to renovate his beloved Goodison Park. On their crusade they stumble upon a secret tunnel and unwittingly release the ghosts of Everton’s past: Dixie Dean, Molly Bushell, Prince Rupert and Bessie Braddock…

Jamie and Robbo listen in awe as each ghost reveals remarkable stories of love, triumph and magical nights at Goodison Park.

Through each ghost, they are taken on a historical journey, discovering what really lies under their feet and the true meaning of being inside the heart of Everton’s badge.

The cast includes ex Everton player, Ronnie Goodlass, who stars in the play as the radio commentator, with poetry written by Bobby Parry, and the show’s song, The Grand Old Lady, written by both Kenny O’Connell and Bobby Parry.

Theatre manager, Rebekah Pichilingi, said: “We are very excited to have this show on stage at The Epstein Theatre. Everton FC and Goodison Park are such an iconic fixture for the city so to be able to celebrate its history told through this wonderful stage show is going to make for a fantastic performance.”


From The Heart of Everton’s Badge to the Grand Old Lady

Date: Weds 22 – Sat 25 August 
Time: 7:30pm / Thu and Sat Mat: 1:30pm
Tickets: From £14

To book tickets call 0844 888 4411* or go online at * or in person at The Epstein Theatre Box Office from 2pm – 6pm Monday – Thursday and 12pm-6pm Friday – Saturday.

*Subject to booking fee. All prices include a £1 per ticket venue restoration levy