Everyman Playhouse reveal Autumn/Winter programme

INCLUDING the already announced the Lovely Bones, A Christmas Carol and Everyman Rock ‘n’ Roll panto The Snow Queen, the Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse has revealed its full programme for Autumn Winter 2018.  The programme features book adaptations, comedians, music, familiar faces and new collaborations to join their in-house productions for the season.

Modern best-sellers and literary classics will visit both theatres throughout the season joining the stage premiere of Alice Sebold’s best-seller The Lovely Bones at the Everyman from 25 September – 5 October.

A production of Lisa Genova’s best-selling novel Still Alice visits the Playhouse from 6-10 November with Sharon Small (About A Boy) as Alice – a clever, driven professional diagnosed with early on-set Alzheimer’s.

Opening the season at the Playhouse is an adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy Persuasion – the story of a young woman swept off her feet by a dashing, but poor naval officer. The production by Theatre 6 visits from 9-13 October.

Announced earlier in the year, Spymonkey’s madcap take on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is this year’s festive production at the Playhouse from 8 December – 12 January.

Another literary adaptation of Frankenstein heads to the Everyman on 9 & 10 November, but this one comes with a twist…

Using nothing but mouths and a microphone, talented and dynamic vocal collective the Beatbox Collective present an electrifying poetic and political live concert of song, soundscape, improvised tracks and battles in Frankenstein: How to Make a Monster.

Prior to this on 6-8 November, Paper Cinema explore Shakespeare’s Macbeth through illustration, puppetry and a live score, The company create epic battle scenes with hand-drawn puppets, sound effects and cinematic projection to re-imagine Macbeth as a cautionary tale for our times.

A new take on an ancient Greek myth by Young Everyman Playhouse (YEP) is presented in The Making of Medea in the Playhouse Studio from 31 October – 3 November. The radical piece will take the form of a true crime documentary.

Frantic Assembly will present the stories of three young men coming home from war, as The Unreturning visits the Everyman from 16-20 October. Based on the Wilfred Owen poem of the same name, The Unreturning explores the profound effect that conflict has on young lives.

1927 return to the Playhouse following a hugely successful run in 2017 with Golem with their radical and innovative brand of theatre. Like a graphic novel bursting into life, 1927 synchronise live music, performance and storytelling with stunning films and animation. The theatre company bring their international hit The Animals and Children Took to the Streets from 17-20 October.

With a combination of puppetry, film, music and live animation created by Liverpool actor and inventive theatre maker Mark Arends, Make do and Mend present The Missing Light – a story of two elderly friends on a surprising journey to reconcile their pasts and find what might lie within their futures. Moving and technically stunning, this production for ages 7+ visits the Everyman on 2 and 3 November.

Presenting a heart-warming children’s story of a duck – a very big duck – by the name of FUP, the eccentric and charming theatre company Kneehigh return to Liverpool to make the Everyman their temporary home once again from 9-13 October. With foot-stomping music and puppetry, the Cornish company are back following in the footsteps of their raucous production The Tin Drum in 2017.

Back at the Playhouse from 30 October – 3 November are Northern Broadsides with a furious and political satire of the working poor transposed to Brexit Britain with ‘They Don’t Pay? We Won’t Pay!’. Directed by Wirral-born Conrad Nelson, a young woman gets mixed up in a riot at the local supermarket, she seizes the opportunity to stock her empty cupboards and those of her friend. But what will the two friends tell their law-abiding husbands?

Former Everyman Company actor Matthew Kelly returns to Liverpool 23 – 27 October in a production of Alan Bennett’s The Habit of Art – a play within a play based on a fictional meeting between poet W. H. Auden and composer Benjamin Britten.

As part of the Liverpool Irish Festival, Liverpool playwrights, comedians and internationally downloaded podcasts all feature between 18 and 28 October.

The varied and season starts and ends with riotous rock ‘n’ roll. Opening the season at the Everyman to celebrate their 45th anniversary, legendary Liverpool band Deaf School will play two nights in the Everyman on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 September. First formed in 1973 on Hope Street – the band will transform the  Everyman stage to feature cabaret style seating and perform their 2017 album Let’s Do This Again Next Week, plus Deaf School favourites including What a Way to End it All.

As always, the Everyman finishes its 2018 with a bang as the legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Panto returns for 2018. A cast of talented actor musicians will this year tell the story of The Snow Queen, as notorious dame Francis Tucker and master of mischief Adam Keast return from 24 November to 19 January.

Gemma Bodinetz. Photo: Dan Kenyon

Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director of the Everyman & Playhouse said: “This season is a rich and wonderful cornucopia of dazzling work from favourite artists and companies.

“It’s a season buzzing with invention and new ways of creating experiences that will delight and live long in the memory. It’s a season where the familiar is spun into something fresh and beautifully unexpected. Even our beloved Playhouse will be seen anew as it proudly hosts Liverpool Biennial 2018 this summer…be prepared to be surprised!”

General sale for all shows in the Everyman & Playhouse Autumn Winter 2018 programme will be available to the public from Monday 4 June. Tickets will be available by calling Box Office on 0151 709 4776 or at: https://www.everymanplayhouse.com/whats-on.