Liverpool event guide: April – May 2016


4-9 April
The 39 Steps
Playhouse Theatre
Patrick Barlow’s adaptation of Hitchcock’s classic makes its way to Liverpool on its 10th anniversary tour, with just four actors playing more than 130 characters in the thriller and comedy hybrid.

7-9 April
Crabbie’s Grand National
Aintree Racecourse
Place your bets, put on your fanciest outfits and head to Aintree for its world-famous Steeplechase.

7-9 April
New Dawn Fades: The Story of Joy Division
Epstein Theatre
The story of Manchester rock moguls Joy Division and the tragic suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis, played by the North West’s very own Michael Whittaker.

9 April
Calderstones Tea Dance
Calderstones Mansion House
One last chance to Charleston down to Calderstones Mansion for a tea dance before the venue undergoes renovation. Enjoy an afternoon of music, tea and cake.

15-16 April
Cream Classics
Liverpool Cathedral
The Royal Liverpool Orchestra will collaborate with Cream to perform classic dance music tracks as you’ve never heard them before.

15 April
Rob Beckett
St George’s Hall
Co-host of ‘I’m a Celebrity Get me Out of Here Now’ and one of Britain’s brightest young comedians, Rob Beckett heads to the city on his ‘Mouth of the South’ tour.

23 April
Moose Blood
Arts Club
The alt-rock quartet from Kent heads to Liverpool’s Arts Club for the last stop of a UK tour, playing new material and fan favourites such as ‘Boston’.

23-24 April
The Complete Walk
various Liverpool venues
As the only announced city outside of London to be taking part, Liverpool will screen 37 short films as part of a tribute to William Shakespeare, marking 400 years since his death. Shakespeare’s Globe is behind the event.

26 April – 7 May
The Bodyguard
Empire Theatre
2008’s X Factor winner and three-time Brit Award nominee Alexandra Burke plays Hollywood superstar Rachel Marron in this critically acclaimed stage adaption of the movie.


1 May
Camp & Furnace
Heading to the Baltic Triangle venue in 2016, Festevol will be headlined by Juliette & The Licks and former Beta Band frontman Steve Mason.

7 May
The Firelight Show
Lantern Theatre
Magicians Murray and Fearchara take you on an adventure soaked in danger and thrills, with nail-biting stunts such as mind reading, optical illusions and Russian roulette.

9-14 May
Liverpool Empire
It’s time to kick off the Sunday shoes and put on your dancing ones as this high energy production filled with showstopper hits from the 80s heads to the city for a five-day run.

14 May
Liverpool Mozart Orchestra: Spring Serenade
Capstone Theatre
Led by conductor Maxime Tortelier, Liverpool Mozart Orchestra is set to perform pieces from Beethoven, Delius, Saint Saëns, Vaughan Williams, Elgar and, of course, Mozart.

15 May
Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th
The Great Hall, St George’s Hall
Liverpool will continue its tradition of marking The Queen’s milestone anniversaries with a special gala concert. The iconic venue will play host to performances of song, music and dance from the past nine decades.

17-28 May
Mouse – The Persistence of an Unlikely Thought
Stand-up comedian and storyteller Daniel Kitson returns to the city’s Everyman theatre for a run of his latest live show.

22 May
Run For The 96 5K
Stanley Park
The fun run returns for 2016, remembering the 96 who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy and raising funds for the Liverpool FC Foundation and Everton in the Community.

20-28 May
Physical Fest
various venues
For the 12th year, Europe’s only festival specialising solely in physical theatre gets set to host a packed programme of workshops, street theatre, performances, debate and networking events.

27-29 May
Sound City
Liverpool Waters Bramley-Moore Dock
Known as the ‘first festival of the year’, Liverpool’s Sound City offering for 2016 will span two days with acts including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Palma Violets and The Coral to name a few.

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