6 things to look forward to in Liverpool this winter
Exhibition | China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors
9 February – 28 October, World Museum
Tipped as a highlight of the Liverpool 2018 celebrations, this landmark exhibition will bring together more than 180 artefacts from museums across North West China’s Shaanxi Province. More than half of the Chinese national treasures from the area, which was home to the First Emperor and his ancestors, have never been on show in the UK before.
Highlights of the exhibition, which spans almost 1,000 years, are set to include a life-size terracotta horse and other exquisite objects from the Emperor’s vast burial complex.
Theatre | The Jungle Book
13 February – 17 February, Playhouse
An exciting new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s much-loved family classic comes to the Liverpool stage.
Adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale, the show features live music created by Joe Stilgoe as it tells the coming-of-age story of man cub Mowgli – a boy raised by wolves in the jungle.
The touring production is directed by Max Webster and features a host of colourful characters and memorable songs.
Display | Feast of Fire
23 March – 2 April, St George’s Hall
Venture into a magical land of fire, music and art as outdoor arts producers Walk the Plank bring a sensational spring celebration to the city.
The organisation, which was behind both the opening and closing celebrations of Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture year in 2008, marks the 10th anniversary by bringing spectacular fire-fuelled sculptural installations to the venue’s historic gardens.
Visitors can also expect a live performance soundtrack and artisan flaming food and drink.
Comedy | John Robins: The Darkness Of Robins
24 February, The Epstein Theatre
John Robins reflects on love and loss in his angst-ridden stand-up show, which picked up the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award at 2017’s Edinburgh Fringe.
Expect shouting, snarling and sneering as John attempts to grapple with life’s fall-outs during his UK tour, which is stopping off for a night at the Liverpool venue.
The acclaimed routine is the latest solo offering from the funnyman, who has also enjoyed huge radio and podcasting success with fellow stand-up star and Radio X sidekick Elis James.
Music | Liverpool International Jazz Festival 2018
22 – 25 February, Various venues
Four days of live music performances, masterclasses and workshops will bring a treat for jazz fans as the sixth annual Liverpool International Jazz Festival takes place.
James Taylor Quartet, Arun Ghosh, Get the Blessing and Soft Machine are among the names on this year’s line up for the festival, which will predominantly be held at the Capstone Theatre at Liverpool Hope University.
Festivities will also move into the city centre as the Anti-Social Jazz Club brings after-events to Fredericks and Buyer’s Club.
Film | Peter Rabbit
In cinemas from 16 March
A new feature-length adaptation of the Beatrix Potter classic is set to hit the big screen complete with an all-star cast of voices.
James Corden brings the rebellious rabbit to life, and is joined by actors including Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill.
Expect a hearty helping of animal magic for all the family to enjoy, as Peter attempts to sneak into a farmer’s vegetable garden.