The Everyman is in the course of a radical transformation which will create a brand new incarnation of this pioneering and much-loved theatre. Do visit the New Everyman section of the site, and come with us on this great adventure.
Of course the Everyman is no stranger to the radical, or to transformation. It was founded in 1964 in the appropriately named Hope Hall (once a chapel, then a cinema), in an area of Liverpool noted for its bohemian environment and political edge, and quickly built a reputation for ground-breaking work.
A succession of visionary directors, exciting writers, and bold acting companies have kept the theatrical flame alive here for decades, and the Everyman has been the crucible for an astonishing range of theatrical talent. Julie Walters, Bernard Hill, Jonathan Pryce, Pete Postlethwaite, Antony Sher, Bill Nighy, Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Barbara Dickson, Matthew Kelly, Cathy Tyson, David Morrissey, several McGanns and the Liverpool Poets all considered the Everyman a formative home in their early years.
More recently the Everyman programme has ranged from classics such as Pete Postlethwaite’s King Lear, Jonathan Pryce in The Caretaker and David Morrissey’s Macbeth to world premières of plays by a fantastically talented new generation of Liverpool writers. These productions have played to capacity crowds at home and many have travelled outside the city, such as the international tour of The Caretaker last year.
Now we are hard at work creating the Everyman’s next incarnation, which will build on the very best of what’s gone before, and hugely expand what’s possible here on Hope Street.
Liverpool's Third Cathedral; the Liverpool Everyman Theatre compiled by Ros Merkin was published by Liverpool University Press to celebrate the 40th birthday of the Everyman in 2004. It is available direct from us for the special price of £5 plus P&P. Please click here to purchase online.
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