We create theatre that ignites the imagination, explores what it is to be human and seeks to exceed expectation in all that it does. In the past 12 years, we have created more than 115 productions. These have included 43 world premières, many by local writers, and the debut productions of eight writers nurtured by our various artist development programmes.
Highlights have included the homecoming of many actors associated with the company: Corin Redgrave in The Entertainer by John Osborne (Playhouse 2004), Pete Postlethwaite’s King Lear (Everyman 2008), Jonathan Pryce in The Caretaker (Everyman 2009), Kim Cattrall in Antony and Cleopatra (Playhouse 2010) and David Morrissey in Macbeth (Everyman 2011).
Many productions began their lives here in Liverpool before touring the UK, transferring to London or overseas. These have included Ghost Stories (Playhouse 2010), The Ladykillers (Playhouse 2011), The Match Box by Frank McGuinness (Playhouse Studio 2012), The Kite Runner (Playhouse 2013) and Roger McGough’s Molière trilogy of Tartuffe, The Hypochondriac and The Misanthrope (Playhouse 2008, 2009 & 2013).
New plays have included the European premiere of Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman (Everyman 2004), the award-winning Unprotected (Everyman 2006), Tim Firth’s The Flint Street Nativity (Playhouse 2006), Jonathan Harvey’s Canary (Playhouse 2009), The Swallowing Dark by Lizzie Nunnery (Playhouse 2011) and Michael Wynne’s Hope Place (Everyman 2014).
Many of our productions are creative collaborations with theatres makers fromacross the UK. These include theatres such as Bristol Old Vic, Nottingham Playhouse, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Chichester Festival Theatre, Glasgow Citizens, Rose Theatre Kingston, Edinburgh Royal Lyceum, Nuffield Southampton, Royal & Derngate Northampton and Lyric Hammersmith, and companies including Slung Low, English Touring Theatre, 20 Stories High and Kneehigh.