With less than three weeks to go until the start of the Liverpool Theatre Festival, organisers have published details of the full programme. 

Organisers of the forthcoming Liverpool Theatre Festival (LTF) have published the full programme of events.

Created by Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms, the outdoor live entertainment festival was first staged in September 2020 to help support the city’s creative arts industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s festival runs from Wednesday, September 1, to Sunday, September 12, and is once again being staged at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in Liverpool city centre. In July the seven-day ‘Little LTF’ was held to champion and showcase new works and talent and attracted 1,200 people.

Added to this year’s event is Swan Song, taking place at 7.30pm on Wednesday, September 8. This 70-minute shown was premiered at last year’s festival and is a one-man comedy play. It is written by multi award-winning Jonathan Harvey, stars TV and stage actor Andrew Lancel and is directed by BAFTA-winning Noreen Kershaw.

Opening the festival on September 1 is one-woman comedy show 2Gorgeous4U – From Ladette To Laundrette with performances at 5pm and 8pm. Written by acclaimed Liverpool playwright Mark Davies Markham, the production stars Lynne Fitzgerald (TwoBunty The BouncerThe Desperate Scousewives), with James Baker directing (Jerry Springer The OperaYank). 

LTF producer and artistic director Bill Elms said:

“With less than three weeks until the curtain rises on the second annual Liverpool Theatre Festival, excitement and anticipation are really kicking in.

“We have a diverse programme offering a fantastic line-up. Many of these shows are being premiered as part of the festival, and for others they are coming to Liverpool for the very first time.”

LTF is funded by Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool, sponsored by Falconer Chester Hall, and supported by Liverpool Everyman & Playhouse Theatres and dBS Solutions.

Find out more

→ The full programme includes:

Wednesday 1 September 2021, 5pm / 8pm
70 mins no interval

→ Perfectly Frank
Thursday 2 September 2021, 7.30pm
2 hours 20 mins including interval

→ The Last Five Years
Friday 3 September 2021, 5pm / 8pm
75 mins no interval

→ When Another Dragon Roars
Saturday 4 September 2021, 11.30am
£14 / £12 Children
45 mins no interval

→ Everybody’s Talking About Musicals
Saturday 4 September 2021, 6pm / 8.30pm
75 mins no interval

→ Boing … Meow! The Musical
Sunday 5 September 2021, 11.30am
£12 / £10 Children
50 mins no interval

→ Electric Dreams
Sunday 5 September 2021, 4pm / 8pm
£20 (4pm) £22 (8pm)
2 hours 10 mins including interval

→ An Evening Without Kate Bush
Monday 6 September 2021, 7.30pm
2 hours including interval

→ Twice Nightly
Tuesday 7 September 2021, 7.30pm
70 mins no interval

→ Swan Song
Wednesday 8 September 2021, 7.30pm
70 mins no interval

→ Opera Beneath The Stars
Thursday 9 September 2021, 7.30pm
2 hours including interval

→ Broken Biscuits
Friday 10 September 2021, 6pm / 8.30pm
60 mins no interval

→ Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Saturday 11 September 2021, 1pm
£14 / £12 Children
2 hours including interval

→ Laughterhouse Comedy
Saturday 11 September 2021, 6pm / 8.30pm (line-up varies slightly between shows)

→ Goldilocks and the Fab 4
Sunday 12 September 2021