The Stirling Prize Winning Everyman


Situated on Hope Street, between the two cathedrals, the new Everyman opened in March 2014 to great acclaim from audiences and critics, winning the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture. Accessible and environmentally sustainable, the new theatre combines the trademark wrap-around auditorium and basement bistro with many new facilities. Light, open front-of-house spaces and a pavement café; rehearsal and workshop facilities; a dedicated space for our work with young people and community groups, and a workspace for writers allows the whole building to be a vibrant, creative hub, by day and night. And a beautiful façade, representing the people of Liverpool, expresses the fact that this is truly an Everyman for everyone.

How we built the new Everyman

The new theatre was 10 years in the planning and took over two years to build. The journey began back in 2004 with a Feasibility Study that led to the appointment in 2007 of leading theatre Architects Haworth Tompkins. During 2008 to 2009 on-going consultation took place with artists and audiences, with Arts Council England confirming their support for the project in 2009. In May 2010 plans were submitted to Liverpool City Council and planning permission granted three months later. A year later the funding package was complete, thanks to investment from the European Regional Development Fund, and we announced our final production in the old theatre: David Morrissey in Macbeth, directed by Gemma Bodinetz.

Relive the process though our Everyman Newspaper,  published at intervals during the redevlopment: Issue 1, June 2011Issue 2, March 2012Issue 3, September 2012Issue 4, May 2013Issue 5, November 2013 & Issue 6, May 2014.

The Finale: 2 July 2011
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The Build: Groundbreaking, Topping Out, Webcam
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The Portrait Wall
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The Ev4Ev Fundraising Campaign
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A Greener Theatre
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The Opening Weekend 1-2 March 2014
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The Hope Street Quarter

The Everyman is part of the Hope Street CIC, a collaboration of organisations working closely to enhance the experience and offer on what is regarded as the “Best Street in the UK” (Academy of Urbanism 2013).