Theatre Fest hailed a triumph

Pic by David Munn

THE second annual Liverpool Theatre Festival has been hailed a roaring success after attracting an audience of 2,700 theatregoers across 12 days. 

The outdoor festival programme featured 23 performances of 16 shows at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in September.

Liverpool Theatre Festival was created by Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms and was first staged in September 2020 to help support the city’s creative arts industry during the Covid-19 pandemic. Theatres and live entertainment venues were ordered to close immediately under the Government’s first national lockdown guidelines. 

Bill said: “It’s been an extraordinary year for Liverpool Theatre Festival, with both Little LTF and the main festival bringing audiences back to St Luke’s Bombed Out Church. The festival is still very new but the support from the public has been incredible. We are still in the midst of a pandemic, yet their feedback has been really humbling and heart-warming. I am extremely thankful that audiences put their trust in the festival to provide top quality entertainment by local companies in a unique and safe space. It proves how the festival could grow in years to come. 

“The festival couldn’t take place without the support of our funders, sponsors, partners, and friends scheme members. We thank them for supporting the festival growth. We aim to bring back both Little LTF new works festival and the main festival in 2022 but we can’t do it without support – and we’d encourage anyone keen to become involved in taking the event to the next level to get in touch.” 

Festival producer Bill Elms (Image by Wesley Storey)

Just one show during the run had to be relocated due to torrential rain – and organisers were grateful for the support of Royal Court Liverpool and its basement Studio as the change of venue for Opera Beneath The Stars. 

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.