Final programme for Liverpool Theatre Festival announced

Liverpool Theatre Festival

Comedy, drama, opera, dance and music awaits audiences 

Perfectly Frank, Twice Nightly, Swan Song, Andrew Lancel, Marcus Collins and Lynne Fitzgerald join the September line-up  

LIVERPOOL Theatre Festival returns in September – and organisers are counting down to opening night by revealing the final programme which includes a further three shows and cast announcements. 
Created by Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms, the outdoor live entertainment festival was first staged in September 2020 to help support the city’s creative arts industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Liverpool Theatre Festival runs between Wednesday September 1 and Sunday September 12 2021, and is once again being staged at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in Liverpool city centre. 

Now added to the programme are shows Perfectly Frank, Twice Nightly and Swan Song, with cast announcements for 2Gorgeous4U, Everybody’s Talking About Musicals, Boing…Meow! The Musical, and Broken Biscuits. Tickets are on sale for all shows. 

Perfectly Frank is on Thursday September 2 at 7.30pm. The show runs for two hours 20 minutes, tickets are £20. David Knopov keeps the swing of Sinatra alive through his show, Perfectly Frank. Seen on BBC’s The One And Only, the show is believed to be one of the most successful Frank Sinatra tributes around. Liverpool’s David Knopov has entertained a global audience with his Sinatra act for more than 30 years – including a performance for Queen Elizabeth II during the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Celebrity fans also include actors Bill Nighy and Dawn French. 

Twice Nightly is on Tuesday 7 September at 7.30pm. The show runs for 70 minutes, tickets are £16.50. Billed as a highlight of Little LTF new works festival in July, Twice Nightly is back for the main festival. Organisers and critics were so impressed by the quality of writing and story of the show, highlighting Liverpool’s lost theatres of the 1930s, and felt the production has real potential and needed to be seen by LTF audiences. The show is written, stars and is directed by Michael Alan Bailey and Maria Lovely. Roy Carruthers and the voice of Eithne Brown also feature, with music and original score by Jessica Dives. It’s 1931 and variety is the spice of life. Liverpool’s theatres are sizzling with the hottest music hall acts of the day. Song and dance double act Don and Madge are living the sweet life, until things turn sour. A night they can’t remember finds them in hot water. 

Swan Song is on Wednesday 8 September at 7.30pm. The show runs for 70 minutes, tickets are £20. After a hugely successful premiere at last year’s Liverpool Theatre Festival, Swan Song is back where it all began due to popular demand. The one-man comedy play is written by multi award winning Jonathan Harvey, stars Liverpool television and stage actor Andrew Lancel, and is directed by BAFTA award winning Noreen Kershaw. It is Liverpool 1997, the world is changing and in the staff room, and gay 40-something English teacher Dave Titswell finds that not all change is welcome. He has a crush, but life, love, and work are never straight-forward for Dave. Jonathan Harvey adapted the play specially for Liverpool Theatre Festival for Andrew Lancel to play the solo role. After a successful tour of the North West of England, it’s back in Liverpool. 

Festival organisers are also delighted to announce a number of cast updates. 

One-woman comedy show 2Gorgeous4U – From Ladette To Laundrette opens the festival on Wednesday 1 September, with performances at 5pm and 8pm. Packed with laughter, throw backs to the Nineties, and a soundtrack guaranteed to bring back memories of the decade featuring Queen Latifa, Blur, Gabrielle, and KKlass. Written by acclaimed Liverpool playwright Mark Davies Markham, the production stars Lynne Fitzgerald (Two, Bunty The Bouncer, The Desperate Scousewives), with James Baker directing (Jerry Springer The Opera, Yank). Clare is a beautician with her own spa and treatment room in Waterloo. Back in the Britpop 1990s, Clare was one half of a pop duo 2Gorgeous4U with her best mate Tina, but they fell out. Audiences are invited to find out what happens when they’re asked to reform for a music festival in their hometown of Liverpool. 

Vibrant and electrifying show Everybody’s Talking About Musicals is on Saturday 4September 2021, with performances at 6pm and 8.30pm. The cast has been announced as Marcus Collins (X Factor, Hairspray, Kinky Boots), Chloe Taylor (Mamma Mia, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wicked), Craig Ryder (Bat Out Of Hell, We Will Rock You, Priscilla Queen Of The Desert), and Gillian Hardie (Blood Brothers, Bad Girls The Musical, Macbeth), joined by an ensemble cast from Liverpool Theatre School. Pearson Theatre Productions and Curtis Productions collaborate for the first time to present this fabulous night of musical theatre with performances from West End shows such as Kinky Boots, SIX The Musical, Mamma Mia, and &Juliet. 

A treat for youngsters is Boing…Meow! The Musical on Sunday 5 September at 11.30am. This musical adaptation of new children’s book Boing…Meow! comes from Asa Murphy, the writer of The Monkey With No Bum book and stage production, which was recently premiered at Little LTF. Sam Conlon will play Auntie May, with Asa Murphy making an appearance playing the rap cat, Moggy D. Stanley is a cat, and this is his story searching for the perfect place to sleep. There is nothing in this world that Auntie May loves more than her ginger cat Stanley – but like all cats, Stanley loves to go wondering around the local neighbourhood looking for the best and most comfortable place to have his afternoon nap. 

The cast has been revealed for Broken Biscuits on Friday 10 September 2021, performances are at 6pm and 8.30pm. Catherine Rice plays Maggie, with Leanne Martin as Rita, and Louise Garcia as Molly. Rita and Maggie were lifelong friends until a devastating tragedy shattered both their lives and their friendship, with emotions high things may be taking a turn for the worst. Friendship, love, laughter, sadness, and hope are all at the centre of this touching story. Broken Biscuits is returning to the stage after sell-out performances around Liverpool theatres and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  

Producer and artistic director Bill Elms commented: “With less than three weeks until the curtain rises on the second annual Liverpool Theatre Festival, excitement and anticipation are really kicking in. We have a diverse programme offering a fantastic line-up. Many of these shows are being premiered as part of the festival, and for others they are coming to Liverpool for the very first time. 

“We are thrilled to welcome back Swan Song after rave reviews and a successful North West tour, and a return for Twice Nightly after it recently wowed audiences at our sister festival Little LTF. The festival will celebrate the wealth of talent we have to offer in Liverpool and the wider region.” 

Liverpool Theatre Festival is funded by Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool, sponsored by Falconer Chester Hall, and supported by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres and dBS Solutions. 

Visit www.liverpooltheatrefestival.com for the latest news updates. 

LIVERPOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2021 LISTINGS 

2GORGEOUS4U  
DATE: Wednesday 1 September 2021
TIMES: 5pm / 8pm 
PRICE: £22 
RUNNING TIME: 70 mins no interval 

PERFECTLY FRANK 
DATE: Thursday 2 September 2021 
TIMES: 7.30pm
PRICE: £20 
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 20 mins including interval 

THE LAST FIVE YEARS 
DATE: Friday 3 September 2021 
TIMES: 5pm / 8pm 
PRICE: £22 
RUNNING TIME: 75 mins no interval 

WHEN ANOTHER DRAGON ROARS 
DATE: Saturday 4 September 2021 
TIME: 11.30am 
PRICE: £14 / £12 Children 
RUNNING TIME: 45 mins no interval 

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT MUSICALS 
DATE: Saturday 4 September 2021 
TIMES: 6pm / 8.30pm
PRICE: £22 
RUNNING TIME: 75 mins no interval 

BOING…MEOW! THE MUSICAL 
DATE: Sunday 5 September 2021 
TIME: 11.30am 
PRICE: £12 / £10 Children 
RUNNING TIME: 50 mins no interval 

ELECTRIC DREAMS 
DATE: Sunday 5 September 2021 
TIMES: 4pm / 8pm 
PRICE: £20 (4pm) £22 (8pm)  
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours 10 mins including interval 

AN EVENING WITHOUT KATE BUSH 
DATE: Monday 6 September 2021 
TIME: 7.30pm 
PRICE: £20  
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours including interval 

TWICE NIGHTLY 
DATE: Tuesday 7 September 2021 
TIME: 7.30pm 
PRICE: £16.50 
RUNNING TIME: 70 mins no interval 

SWAN SONG 
DATE: Wednesday 8 September 2021 
TIME: 7.30pm 
PRICE: £20 
RUNNING TIME: 70 mins no interval 

OPERA BENEATH THE STARS 
DATE: Thursday 9 September 2021 
TIME: 7.30pm 
PRICE: £28 
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours including interval 

BROKEN BISCUITS 
DATE: Friday 10 September 2021 
TIMES: 6pm / 8.30pm 
PRICE: £22 
RUNNING TIME: 60 mins no interval 

TWELFTH NIGHT BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 
DATE: Saturday 11 September 2021 
TIME: 1pm 
PRICE: £14 / £12 Children 
RUNNING TIME: 2 hours including interval 

LAUGHTERHOUSE COMEDY 
DATE: Saturday 11 September 2021 
TIMES: 6pm / 8.30pm (line-up varies slightly between shows) 
PRICE: £22 
RUNNING TIME: N/A 

GOLDILOCKS AND THE FAB 4 
DATE: Sunday 12 September 2021
TIME: 1pm 
PRICE: £14 / £12 Children 
RUNNING TIME: 60 mins no interval 

SOMETHING ABOUT GEORGE – THE GEORGE HARRISON STORY 
DATE: Sunday 12 September 2021 
TIMES: 5pm / 8pm 
PRICE: £22 
RUNNING TIME: 75 mins no interval