In October 1866 a new theatre, named The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House opened in Liverpool, on Lime Street. About three quarters the size of the theatre that stands today, it was lit by gas light and all the stage machinery was controlled by steam power. The very first production was the opera Faust, performed by an Italian company. Within a year the theatre had been renamed and became the Alexandra Theatre and Opera House, probably because the Prince of Wales married Princess Alexandra and it was named after her. The theatre staged a variety of shows, mainly focussing on opera but also featuring plays, ballet and musical shows.
In 2001 Apollo Leisure became part of a large American company called Clear Channel Entertainment before the theatrical division of CCE became known as Live Nation. Recently the Ambassador Theatre Group completed the acquisition of all of Live Nation’s UK theatres, including the Liverpool Empire. ATG is also one of the country’s foremost theatre producers and has been behind some of the most successful and innovative productions in Britain and internationally. All the redevelopment work has now finished and there now stands a new building next to the theatre on the corner of Lime Street and London Road, replacing the old Legs of Mann pub. The new building, attached to the theatre by a glass atrium contains the box office, bar and three floors of multi-function space that can be used for events, parties, conferences and performances. The new building also contains a lift, providing access to the circle on two levels and enabling us to increase the number of wheelchair spaces we have in the auditorium.
Selected reviews for this venue:
Tony Cookson, 10/03/14
Thriller Live (10/03/14) - One of the best shows ever!
If you are a fan of Michael Jackson / The Jacksons, you will love this show! All of the cast - singers / dancers & the live band were so talented and certainly made it a night to remember and had the audience dancing in the aisles. The whole performance was totally flawless and whether you see this show on tour or at Londons West End you will not be disappointed. A show not to be missed.
Address: Liverpool Empire
The Liverpool Empire Theatre is next door to Lime Street Station. Local (Wirral Line) and National rail services stop at this station. Please use the Lord Nelson Street exit for the theatre.
Key services stop on Lime Street including the 101, C2, C3 , C5, 10, 10A and 10B
The Liverpool Empire Theatre is located on Lime Street and is easily accessible by road. For SATNAV use L1 1JE.
The theatre does not have its own parking facilities but Liverpool boasts many city centre car parks with reasonable rates and many are within 5 minutes walk of the theatre.
The closest car parks are located on Hotham Street, Mount Pleasant, Lord Nelson Street and at St John’s Shopping Centre on Lime Street. St. John’s Car Park offers discounted parking of £2 for patrons visiting local theatres after 5.00 pm and leaving before midnight. To qualify for the discounted rate use the main car park and take a ticket on entry. Do not use the short stay pay and display area. When leaving the car park after the performance, you must hand your car parking ticket and your theatre ticket stub, dated for that evening’s performance, to the cashier at the car park exit. You will then be charged the applicable discounted tariff.
Liverpool Empire Theatre is equipped with an infrared sound amplification system. To access the infrared system please request receiving equipment from a member of the Front of House team who will provide you with an induction loop necklace.
Induction Loop Necklace Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace, switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control.
There are a number of British Sign Language Interpreted performances every season. A signer will be sited at the side of the stage. Advice on the position of the signer can be provided by the Access Officer for individual performances. Please call the Access for All line for more information 0151 702 7328.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are public toilet facilities on all levels of the theatre. There are separate, fully accessible, male and female facilities on the ground and first floors. Backstage there are accessible facilities. There is an emergency call-point in all accessible facilities, should you need to call for a member of staff.
Baby changing facilities are located in fully accessible toilets. Please ask a member of the Front of House team if you require assistance.