Top entertainment through April and May

Previews: Theatre, attractions and music in Liverpool

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L to R: The Harlem Globetrotters return to Echo Arena; Award-winning play Iphigenia in Splott enjoys a three-day run at Everyman Theatre; Comedian Chris Ramsey takes his latest show to Epstein Theatre

Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms

18 May – 18 September
Tate Liverpool
The largest exhibition of Francis Bacon’s work ever to be staged in the North of England will launch at Tate Liverpool in May, providing another landmark display for the gallery. Francis Bacon: Invisible Rooms will feature around 30 paintings alongside rarely seen drawings and documents by the Irish-born British figurative artist, considered a major figure of 20th Century art. The Bacon display will be paired with an exhibition of works by fellow 20th Century painter Maria Lassnig.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

In cinemas from 27 May
It’s time to step back into the bizzare parallel universe created by Lewis Carroll in 1865 and join Alice as she embarks on a second voyage in the eerie yet vivid Wonderland. This time around Tim Burton has handed the directorial reigns over to James Bobin as he takes a step down to executive producer, bringing back the star-studded cast including Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Waikowska and Anne Hathaway to return to the madness and hopefully top Alice in Wonderland’s $1 billion ticket sales.

Harlem Globetrotters

26 April
Echo Arena Liverpool
Celebrating an incredible 90 years since the Harlem Globetrotters began performing for millions of adoring fans across the globe, the renowned roster featuring Ant Atkinson, Big Easy Lofton, TNT Maddox and many more is returning to Echo Arena Liverpool. Promising high quality basketball and plenty of laughs, the team’s fun-packed family show will certainly be the best way to liven up a Tuesday evening.

Iphigenia in Splott

14-16 April
Everyman Theatre
Winner of last year’s UK Theatre Award for Best New Play, Gary Owen brings his unconventional retelling of a Greek myth in the city of Cardiff to Liverpool’s Everyman for a three-day run. Teaming up with distinguished director Rachel O’Riordan and designer Hayley Grindle, Gary highlights the issues surrounding the welfare state complete with a boisterous performance from Sophie Melville.

Chris Ramsey

21 April
Epstein Theatre
A regular guest on ‘Celebrity Juice’ and the star of BBC2 sitcom ‘Hebburn’, Chris Ramsey is taking his latest show ‘All Growed Up’ around the UK. Chris will be bringing his quick wit and modern approach to stand-up comedy to one of Liverpool’s most iconic theatres as he explores getting older, taking responsibility and the terrifying realisations it brings.

Out of the Darkness

6-8 May
St Luke’s Church
Out of the Darkness will transform St Luke’s Church into a free moving light and sound display to mark 75 years since lives were lost in one of the country’s worst bombing periods of the Second World War – the May Blitz. From 9-10pm each evening projections will be beamed onto screens placed in the Hardman Street-facing windows of the venue, which was hit by an incendiary device on 6 May 1941, and a 10-minute film will run featuring dramatic archive footage as well as a soundtrack of drones and accounts of the terrifying nights. Stained-glass lanterns, signifying the lives that were lost in the May Blitz, are being created by schools and community groups and will also illuminate the building from 8pm each night.

Liverpool LightNight

13 May
Various city centre venues
Have you ever imagined venturing through the city at night and being surrounded by some of the finest art and culture Liverpool has to offer? Returning for the seventh year in a row, LightNight: Liverpool’s one-night cultural festival is set to spark unforgettable moments once again with a number of interactive activities, street performances, galleries, exhibitions and light projections on offer around the city centre. Keep your eyes peeled for the full programme, expected to be revealed in the coming days.

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