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Family programme announced for city’s theatre festival

LIVERPOOL Theatre Festival returns in 2023 with a brand new date to coincide with the school Summer holidays – and this year the programme features nine family shows to wow youngsters of all ages. 

The event usually takes place in September, but this year it’s been brought forward. Spanning 11 days, it will play its part in entertaining children of all ages during the school Summer holidays. 

The nine-strong line-up of family shows include specially commissioned new shows The Oogy Boogy Man and Fred The Musical, as well as The Magic Bookmark With Mama G, Magic Gareth: Level Up!, Rubbish Romeo And Juliet, The Monkey With No Bum, Shout! The Mod Musical, Dame Fanny & Her Fabulous Friends, and The Tempest. 

The fourth annual Liverpool Theatre Festival takes place between Thursday 20 July and Sunday 30 July 2023 and features a total of 24 performances. Once again, it will take place outdoors at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in Liverpool city centre. 

Alongside the family shows, the Liverpool Theatre Festival programme also features evening shows of comedy, drama, music, opera, and musical theatre.

This year’s festival partners are Edge Hill University, Morecrofts Solicitors, Bill Elms Associates and Ticket Quarter. 

This project is part-funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as the lead authority. Along with Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool. 

Producer and artistic director Bill Elms commented: “Introducing youngsters to live theatre and making them feel welcome has been instrumental since we launched Liverpool Theatre Festival. They are the performers, writers, and creatives of the future – so they play a vital role when planning an event like this. 

“This year’s festival takes place at the start of the school Summer holidays. This new date provides the perfect opportunity for families to experience the event and for youngsters to catch-up with their friends during the break. This is the perfect introduction to experience live performance – it’s outdoors in one of Liverpool’s iconic venues, most shows are one hour, and lots of fun is guaranteed. We’ve also tried to make the shows affordable.” 

Since its inaugural staging in Autumn 2020, it has gone on to win praise from audiences and critics alike, as well as winning many awards along the way. Liverpool Theatre Festival is committed to supporting local artists, creatives, and theatre companies. 

This year the festival boasted its biggest and most diverse programme to date with 24 performances over 11 days, featuring drama, cabaret, comedy, music, opera, musicals, family shows, and drag shows.  

There are still opportunities for businesses to support the event as a partner or sponsor. To find out more contact producer and artistic director Bill Elms by emailing bill@billelms.com 

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

SHOW LISTINGS 

LIVERPOOL THEATRE FESTIVAL 2023 
Thursday 20 July – Sunday 30 July 2023 
St Luke’s Bombed Out Church, Leece Street, Liverpool, L1 2TR 

THE OOGY BOOGY MAN 
Date: Friday 21 July 
Time: 2.30pm 
Tickets: £15 / Children £13 
Genre / Audience: Family | 6+ 

FRED THE MUSICAL 
Date: Sunday 23 July 
Times: 11.30am / 1.30pm 
Tickets: £14 / Children £12 
Genre / Audience: Theatre | 3+ 

THE MAGIC BOOKMARK WITH MAMA G 
Date: Monday 24 July 
Time: 1.30pm 
Tickets: £14 / Children £10 
Genre / Audience: Family | 4+ 

MAGIC GARETH: LEVEL UP! 
Date: Wednesday 26 July 
Time: 1.30pm 
Tickets: £12 / Children £10 
Genre / Audience: Family | 5+ 

RUBBISH ROMEO AND JULIET 
Date: Thursday 27 July 
Time: 1.30pm
Tickets: £14 / Children £12 
Genre / Audience: Family | 5+ 

 THE MONKEY WITH NO BUM 
Date: Friday 28 July 
Time: 11.30am / 1.30pm 
Tickets: £14 / Children £12 
Genre / Audience: Family | 3+ 

SHOUT! THE MOD MUSICAL 
Date: Saturday 29 July 
Time: 2.30pm 
Tickets: £18
Genre / Audience: Family | 10+ 

DAME FANNY & HER FABULOUS FRIENDS 
Date: Sunday 30 July 
Time: 12pm 
Tickets: £12 / Children £10 
Genre / Audience: Family | 6+ 

THE TEMPEST BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 
Date: Sunday 30 July 
Time: 3pm 
Tickets: £14 / Children £12 
Genre / Audience: Family | 9+ 

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