The Royal Court, Liverpool

The site of the Royal Court Theatre has been at the heart of Liverpool culture for nearly 200 years. It was first opened in 1826 as Cookes New Circus and renamed in 1831 as Cooke’s Amphitheatre of Arts, presenting a programme of
opera, music, theatre and ballet.

It was renamed the Royal Court Theatre in 1881. and was the number one touring venue in Liverpool for popular theatre until the 1970s.  Some of the great names that appeared on stage during this period include Vivien Leigh,
John Gielgud, Lawrence Olivier, Yul Brynner, Margot Fonteyn, and Ralph Richardson.  Dame Judi Dench made her acting debut at the Royal Court in 1957 and has recently agreed to be a Patron of the Trust, supporting its
campaign to renovate the theatre.

The theatre was destroyed by fire in 1933 and rebuilt in 1938 in the current Art Deco style of the era. The theatre has exemplary acoustics and sight-lines and boasts the biggest revolve stage outside of the West End

 After 1976 the theatre was primarily used as a rock venue , hosting big names such as R.E.M, David Bowie and Oasis, and then as a comedy venue.

The theatre has undergone a renaissance in the last three years. The current operating company have developed a unique style of theatre for Liverpool audiences (and increasingly audiences from outside of the region),
 that is produced in Liverpool, starring Liverpool actors, and written by Liverpool writers – and it is proving a huge success.
 In the last year alone, over 200,000 people have visited the theatre and experienced its unique atmosphere.

 
The Royal Court, Liverpool

The Royal Court, Liverpool

1 Roe St,
Liverpool,
L1 1HL.

Telephone: 0870 787 1866

 

Latest News

The Magic of Christmas Musicals

Published: September 8th, 2021

Add some theatrical sparkle to your Christmas this year, at ‘The Magic of Christmas Musicals’. We are excited to be back on stage later this year, with a new and exciting production! Being performed in St George’s Hall’s magnificent Concert Room, this special concert will ...

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We’re back together!

Published: August 26th, 2021

After 18 months of online Zoom rehearsals, we finally got back together in our HQ this week! We have embraced a different way of learning and performing over the past year which has been challenging, yet has allowed us to innovate our ways of working. ...

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New member auditions

Published: June 27th, 2021

If you’ve ever fancied joining our award-winning musical theatre society, then now is your chance! We are holding open auditions for new members on Sunday 18th July at 2pm. Auditionees will need to perform one song (preferably from a musical) to the panel. An accompanist ...

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