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

Musical tribute to former leading lady

Published: June 27th, 2020

We are saddened by the recent passing of Davina (Dee) Jones. Davina was a member of BOST for many years and was a talented performer and good friend. She first joined in 1979, fresh out of University, for our production of The Sound of Music. ...

Read More

West End Masterclass series launched

Published: June 21st, 2020

Theatre fans given the chance to join exclusive online events with West End stars We have launched a series of special West End Masterclasses, which will be held throughout the year, with a different West End star taking part each time. Exclusive to BOST’s membership base, ...

Read More
Impact of COVID-19 on BOST

Impact of COVID-19 on BOST

Published: March 20th, 2020

Earlier this month we made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming production of ‘When The Lights Go On Again’, as the health of our audience members, cast and crew is of utmost importance. While further rehearsals are unable to take place at the moment, ...

Read More

Keep up to date with our latest news

Enter your email address here:

 
 

© 2020 Birkenhead Operatic Society.
Alexander Hall, 24A Clifton Road, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 2SG
Charity No/259 306.

Royal Court Theatre
Gladstone  Theatre Port Sunlight
Floral Pavilion New Brighton
Liverpool Empire Theatre