The Everyman has undergone a radical transformation to create a brand new incarnation of this pioneering and much-loved theatre.
Of course the Everyman is no stranger to the radical, or to transformation. It was founded in 1964 in the appropriately named Hope Hall (once a chapel, then a cinema), in an area of Liverpool noted for its bohemian environment and political edge, and quickly built a reputation for ground-breaking work.
A succession of visionary directors, exciting writers, and bold acting companies have kept the theatrical flame alive here for decades, and the Everyman has been the crucible for an astonishing range of theatrical talent. Julie Walters, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Pryce, Pete Postlethwaite, Alison Steadman, Antony Sher, Bill Nighy, Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Barbara Dickson, Matthew Kelly, Cathy Tyson, David Morrissey, Stephen Graham and the Liverpool Poets all considered the Everyman a formative home in their early years.
Prior to its closure for re-development, the programme has ranged from classics such as Pete Postlethwaite’s King Lear, Jonathan Pryce in The Caretaker and David Morrissey’s Macbeth to world premières of plays by a fantastically talented new generation of Liverpool writers. These productions have played to capacity crowds at home and many have travelled outside the city.
The new Everyman is built on the very best of what’s gone before. Its reincarnation now makes it possible for us to create more opportunities, nurture new talent and ideas, and keep our eyes firmly on the future.
Liverpool's Third Cathedral; the Liverpool Everyman Theatre compiled by Ros Merkin was published by Liverpool University Press to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Everyman in 2004. It is available direct from us for the special price of £5 plus P&P. Please click here to purchase online.