Lantern Theatre Liverpool

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23rd October
- It’s Play Time

Six short plays from talented, new writers exploring love, loss, loneliness, sex-booth vouchers and gargantuan sandwiches.


Emerging playwrights collective Writers on the Brink are proud to present a rehearsed reading of six short plays.

This pick-and-mix of exciting, new drama will be given a script-in-hand performance by professional actors alongside up-and-coming acting talent.

Six budding writers have been working with acclaimed screenwriter Julian Perkins (Murphy’s Law, Casualty, Images of Tiffin) and North West literary agent Diane Culverhouse (Culverhouse Associates) to develop their plays to industry standard.

Funny, absurd, sad and heart-breaking the stories will take the audience on an unforgettable journey featuring tales of UFO swimming pools, a lothario lover, a corpse in a coffin, one foul-mouthed, geriatric swinger, relationships on the brink and devious, murderous doctors.


24th October
- Silencing Shaw (Liverpool Irish Festival)

Censorship, Theatre and World War I

19.00: Book Launch, Eamon Maher and Eugene O’Brien (eds.) From Prosperity to Austerity: a socio-cultural critique of the Celtic Tiger and its aftermath (2014). The book will be launched by Professor Shaun Richards, Professorial Research Fellow in Irish Studies at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and co-author, with Chris Morash, of Mapping Irish Theatre: Theories of Space and Place (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

1930: Introductory lecture: Dr. Lauren Arrington
2000: Rehearsed reading of Bernard Shaw’s O’Flaherty VC (1904). Director: Professor Victor Merriman, Edge Hill University.


26th October
- Committed (Liverpool Irish Festival)

A rehearsed reading of a play considered too radical for West Belfast premieres at this year’s Liverpool Irish Festival.

Steve Smith Committed

The year is 1993. An IRA ceasefire is in the offing and ex-prisoner Dan McCrory is sent to a small catholic enclave, which has been plagued by petty crime. His mission is to establish a “Concerned Residents Committee”, and the ground for an election campaign, which will follow the cease-fire, which he knows, is imminent. While carrying out the punishment of a local “Hood”, however, he finds out something he’d rather not know, something that throws a shadow over his whole future.

Stephen L. Smith was born in Holywood, Co.Down. Having studied in Dublin, Florence and Berlin, he became a political and community activist for thirty years in Ireland. He lived and worked in Liverpool for fourteen years where he wrote and produced two plays, which have been staged in Liverpool and Manchester.

This rehearsed reading will be followed by a Q&A session, the performance will be developed and performed at Lantern Theatre Liverpool in November.


30th October
- Arise Mystic Diva!

A divine feminine show, of music and dance.   A vaudeville explosion of Eastern dance, music and magic-   Be beguiled by a cast of  urban goddesses, entertaining you with a  multi-dimensional cabaret. Be enchanted as you venture into an all singing, all dancing,   all rocking, uplifting show that worships the divine feminine in all her […]

isishtarcolourA divine feminine show, of music and dance.


A vaudeville explosion of Eastern dance, music and magic-   Be beguiled by a cast of  urban goddesses, entertaining you with a  multi-dimensional cabaret.

Be enchanted as you venture into an all singing, all dancing,   all rocking, uplifting show that worships the divine feminine in all her forms.


About Club Orientation

Club Orientation has been running for ten years. It is a loose collective of all types of artists that believe in freedom of expression, audience participation and the healing and consciousness changing abilities of performance.


31st October
- Doodah Farm

“Doodah Farm are a band with incredible sleight of hand when it comes
to filling a room up and rocking it out, in parts country-heavy,
featuring a hefty amount of fast-paced folk and cheeky lyrics, these
boys are always a delight to see live and are definitely starting to
get the attention they deserve.”

Helen Basil (Seba Rashii Culture Zine)

Doodah Farm

Fresh from a main stage performance at Liverpool Pride supporting Katy
B Doodah Farm are having a party to celebrate the release of their
much anticipated debut single Oi Oi.
The night will include a headline set from Doodah Farm featuring
exclusive first live performance of Oi Oi, the beautiful sounds and
fantastic harmonies of Clever Little Tramps as well as an acoustic
performance from local legend Neildsy and a DJ set from Wilson Wilsov.


31st October
- The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – Tracy Star wanted it all! The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star is the cautionary tale of a rock and roll wannabe. Written by Stella Grundy, former front woman of Manchester band Intastella, it offers a peculiar blend of comedy and tragedy interspersed with original music and rhythmic pacey dialogue.

Rise and Fall

Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll – Tracy Star wanted it all! The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star is the cautionary tale of a rock and roll wannabe. Seeking to escape the drudgery of her day-to-day life in 1980s Manchester, she sought to make something of herself in the burgeoning male dominated Madchester music scene.

Tracy Star was ‘The Manc Madonna’ before life in the music industry took its toll. Written by Stella Grundy, former front woman of Manchester band Intastella, The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star, offers a peculiar blend of comedy and tragedy interspersed with original music and rhythmic pacey dialogue.

The script was developed from nine original songs which formed the basis of a concept album and offers a peak into the darker aspects of the music business.

The show has received brilliant feedback from audiences and critics, as well as receiving a Manchester Theatre Awards nomination for Best Fringe Production.

“Poetic, funny, and completely immersive The Rise and Fall of a Northern Star is an absolute triumph.” Joanna Ing, What’s On Stage

“In Tracy, Grundy creates a stunning and vibrant subject, who is loveable, funny and infuriating all a once… We may be witnessing the bitter-sweet tale of Tracy – but the real star here is Grundy – and from this performance you can’t imagine her falling from grace any time soon.” Lisa Grey, Manchester Evening News


31st October and 1st November
- Frankenstein at the Bombed Out Church

‘Adenuf Productions have a reputation for creating daring and original theatre (Adolf in Toxteth, One Bad Thing – the murder of John Lennon, and The Tommy Cooper Christmas Special) and Frankenstein at The Bombed Out Church this Halloween promise to be their most spectacular production yet.

Lantern Frank

Scary subject matter.  Suggested 12 years and upwards.


6th - 8th November
- John and Mark

The theatre premiere of John and Mark sees prisoner Mark David Chapman visited by John Lennon, the man he shot dead years earlier.


Imagine a prison cell. Imagine a killer is visited by the man he gunned down. Imagine that man is John Lennon.

Set in the cell of a New York maximum security prison, the theatre premiere of John and Mark; a new play by George Gunby, sees prisoner Mark David Chapman visited by John Lennon, the man he shot dead years earlier.

The production is accompanied by the UK premiere of Tony and Academy Award nominated writer Murray Schisgal’s short-one act play Naked Old Man. Frustrated by his ageing body, Murray cherishes each moment that lies ahead. He does so with great humour; for tonight the award-winning playwright and co-writer of Tootsie is joined by three of his closest friends. It just so happens that each of them is deceased.

Presented by Northern Outlet Theatre Company


9th November - 11th November
- Broken Biscuits

A tale of two best friends whose friendship has spanned over 20 years until Rita’s son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie’s son Paul.


Rita and Maggie were more like sisters until this devastating tragedy shattered both their lives and their friendship, with emotions high things may be taking a turn for the worst.

Maggie is desperate to save the friendship but doesn’t realise Rita just wants to die. A packet of ginger nuts and a cuppa tea may not be enough to resolve this situation, can Maggie save the friendship and Rita.

Friendship, Love, laughter, sadness and hope are all at the centre of this touching story along with the devastating long term effects that war has on everyone not just those on the battlefield


13th and 14th November
- F E A R 2

Welcome to F E A R 2. A theatre show that provides four plays in approx. 2 hours . These plays are not for the light hearted. You have been warned!

License To Thrill are proud to present F E A R 2. We are a local theatre company based in Liverpool who specialise in devising, writing and performing our own plays in the style of the French traditional theatre practice Grand Guignol. These particular plays skillfully blend comedy and horror – sometimes eroticism. We also perform original classic Grand Guignol scripts.

F E A R 2 promises not to disappointment. If you wish (want) to be shocked, thrilled and challenged, then this production is probably what you’ve been waiting for (if not, then please stay away). Three brand new plays and one classic Grand Guignol script to awaken you! The plays will last anything from 10 to 30 minutes duration. We aim to take you on a ‘roller-coaster’ ride of emotions – laughing one minute, crying the next. You may even walk out if you cannot stomach what is being performed (if so, sorry, not ticket refunds!).

IMPORTANT: Prudes and cissies do not waste your time buying a ticket… we would not want to offend!

Please note: This performance is strictly for age 18+


15th November
- Amsterdam by Chanje Kunda

Chanje met someone in Amsterdam and is now taking a trip into the unknown. Humour, danger and mesmerising beauty combine in a show-not-to-be-missed.


I am not the object of desire – I am desire …

What happens when you abandon your responsibilities to chase your dreams? Life is about taking risks and this is a big one. Seduced by a charming Surinamese man she met in Amsterdam, Chanje liberates herself of all the possessions that define her, in favour of a voyage into the unknown. What will be her fate? Amsterdam fuses theatre, spoken word, music and live arts into a super-modern play of love and lust.

Amsterdam was developed by Afrique Performs with help of The Contact in Manchester and Podium Mozaiek Theatre in Amsterdam. The artistic team includes director Juliet Ellis, choreographer Darren Pritchard, composer Jason Singh and clowning expert Angela de Castro.

AMSTERDAM Theatre Show Promo from Chanje Kunda on Vimeo.

Music by Dan Steele

Lighting Design by Kelli Zezulka


20th November
- Debs Gatenby presents Hi Anxiety

Hi, Anxiety explores one person’s (actually, two people’s…) experience of mental illness.


With one in four of us estimated to experience mental illness, Debs Gatenby’s one woman show is a laugh out loud funny yet wistful look at how mental illness affected her. And her mum. As Deb says: “It’s two breakdowns for the price of one, an emotional meal deal.”

Hi Anxiety is presented as part of the Homotopia Festival

Photo credit Lee Baxter


21st and 22nd November

Truant presents

Still Ill

by Billy Cowan

Still III

Ulster. The Troubles are over. Police stations are closing down. Sex shops are opening up. Tommy can’t believe all the changes, but then he bumps into Gary, his old friend and fellow fan of The Smiths. The two men start a dangerous affair that pulls Tommy back into a world of violence he hoped had disappeared.

A tragic love story between the ‘jumped up pantry boy’ and ‘the boy with the thorn in his side’.

Winner of Warehouse Theatre’s International Playwriting Award.
 “Hits home with a punch!”
(WhatsonStage for Truant’s Care Takers)


27th - 29th November
- [title of show]

Join Jeff and Hunter on their creative journey to produce a new smash hit musical – The show within a show about a musical theatre show…

Tony award nominated [title of show] follows the story of Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers from New York with their friends Susan, Heidi and Larry, on their journey to create a show stopping musical for a new musical theatre festival. As the deadline for submissions looms they make a pact to write until the festival’s deadline and submit whatever they’ve written. What they write is in fact… [title of show].

Over the course of 90 minutes they write and perform their show at the festival, learning lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. At its heart, [title of show] explores how relationships are tested when life changes and new opportunities are revealed. Above all, it is a love letter to musical theatre and to the joy of collaboration.

Strong language throughout. 14+ age limit.

What We Did Next is an ambitious Liverpool-based musical theatre group. It sprung from the realisation that Liverpool had nowhere for people who love musical theatre to gather and put on great shows. WWDN aims to address this need whilst having a schedule that fits around people’s busy lives and also providing a vibrant social scene.

WWDN’s latest success was a twist on the Rogers and Hammerstein classic Carousel, which played to sell out audiences at the Unity Theatre in June 2014. Other shows include Company (2009), RENT (2010), Spring Awakening (2011), Into the Woods (2012), Elegies for Angels, Punks and Ranging Queens (2012), Batboy (2013).


6th December
- Henry Priestman

Henry’s Liverpool Philharmonic Hall gig in February (to launch his new album) sold out 3 months earlier, so be quick to snap up tickets for this, his first ever Lantern Christmas show.

Mark McNulty  (5)

In 2009 Henry (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s, and Yachts’ songs in the 70’s) reinvented himself as a singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD The Chronicles of Modern Life to critical acclaim. Now the new album “The Last Mad Surge of Youth” is reaping even more 4-star reviews.

“it’s absolutely brilliant…..he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2


20th - 23rd December
- Zagmuth

The best family Christmas show in town! A mesmerising, magical Christmas show from Take A Hint Theatre Company.

Zagmuth 2014

Inspired by the origins of Christmas, Zagmuth blends song, clowning and movement bringing to life a new Christmas character on a winter wonderland adventure which sees a little girls wishes come true in the most extraordinary of places.

Perfect yuletide entertainment for the whole family, the story of Zagmuth is waiting to be told to give you that warm festive feeling. Embrace the wonderment of Christmas with Take A Hint and the Lantern Theatre this December! An original Christmas show not to be missed!


2nd - 4th January
- The Snow Queen

Storytelling, original music and song combine in this captivating adaptation of a timeless tale, to enchant the whole family!

Snow Queen front

Gerda and Kay are the best of friends and are certain they always will be but when Kay is hit with magic splinters from a shattered mirror, everything begins to change. Kay meets the dark and mysterious Snow Queen who takes him far away to her distant land of ice. In this classic tale of ice kingdoms, magic spells and enchanting creatures, Gerda quests to defeat hatred and save her best friend from the dark magic of the Snow Queen.
RPO presents this new adaptation by Sarah Nelson, with stunning original music by James Atherton. Storytelling, original music and song combine in this captivating production of a timeless tale that promises to enchant the whole family this Christmas.


8th May
- Canadian indie Folk artist Tia McGraff

“Tia McGraff has developed into a clever and mature tune smith capable of reaching miles beyond the average folk-country singer-songwriter “
Alan Cackett (Maverick Magazine: UK)

Described as having “a voice stolen from angels” and “the modern day-female Gordon Lightfoot”, internationally acclaimed Tia McGraff is excited to be performing at The Lantern Theatre, along with musical and life partner Tommy Parham.


Described as having “a voice stolen from angels”, Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Johnny was so impressed with Tia, he invited her into June’s dressing room to introduce the two. Johnny Cash wasn’t the only one who recognized a shining star! Soon heavy weights like Randy Bachman (BTO), Dan Hill (Celine Dion), Andrew Gold, Mark Slaughter, and countless others, were inviting Tia to write and record with them.
Every songwriter’s dream is to make it in Nashville, and Tia soon found herself moving there to further her passion and craft. It was in Music City, USA, that this Canadian songstress met Colorado native, Tommy Parham (Lee Greenwood’s “Rocks You Can’t Move”.
Together, they have a passion for song writing “outside the box”. They celebrate numerous film/TV placements, including Ashley Judd’s “Come Early Morning”, and their song “All Of Us”, which was used in an Australian TV commercial promoting multiculturalism was also used in a video on World Youth Day in Sydney.


Become a friend
- Round of Applause Tier

We get by with a little help from our friends

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With no public subsidy, we rely heavily on the support of our generous friends, and for just £4 a month, you too can get involved! And of course, we will return the favor by providing you with a bunch of offers and fantastic opportunities you won’t want to miss out on!

As a friend of the Lantern you will receive an annual membership card entitling you to

• Priority ticket booking.

• Exclusive email bulletins, keeping you ahead of the curve with what’s new at Lantern Liverpool

• 2 complimentary tickets to all in house Lantern Theatre productions (inc. Shiny New Productions)

• 10% discount on all drink purchases at LTL Bar

NB: Please enter a valid email address at point of purchase to ensure all correspondence is received.


The Lantern Team

Dedicated to the development and delivery of new talent, here at Lantern Theatre Liverpool. We are committed to bringing fresh ideas to our stage and to your attention.

Lantern Theatre Liverpool is an intimate, family run venue, nestled in the heart of Liverpool’s creative playground – The Baltic Triangle. A converted warehouse on the edge of Liverpool One, Lantern Theatre Liverpool emanates a bohemian contemporaneity that makes it the perfect location for unique, ground-breaking theatre.

Founded in 2009 by ‘tiny Giants Productions’, the theatre changed hands in September 2011 when mother and daughter combination, Margaret Connell and Siobhan Noble, stepped in to take the reins. With a vision centred upon the support of local artists – especially those looking for their first professional platform – a new era for Lantern Theatre Liverpool began.

Since then we have received fantastic feedback from both artists and public alike and are quickly becoming an established member of the Liverpool theatre scene. In partnership with Lantern Theatre Liverpool, in-house technician Peter Mitchelson, launched Shiny New Theatre Festival in July 2012, showcasing pre Edinburgh Fringe performances. Resident theatre company, New Leaf Theatre Ensemble, offer weekly acting training for adults of all ages and ability and we are currently developing a young writers programme. Watch this space


Siobhan Noble

Siobhan Noble is co-owner and Marketing Manager at Lantern Theatre Liverpool. Siobhan’s entrepreneurial flair began in 2008 with the launch of vintage boutique, Tatties Vintage. With over 6,000 likes on Tatties Vintage business page, it was clear that Siobhan had found her niche in marketing. Combine this with having spent the majority of her childhood in rehearsal rooms with mum, Margaret, it is no surprise that Siobhan felt ready for the challenge that is Lantern Theatre Liverpool.


Margaret Connell

Margaret Connell, co-owner and Artistic Director at Lantern Theatre Liverpool, began her career in theatre as a member of The Liverpool Playhouse Youth Arts Team. Margaret, who has a Masters in Applied Drama, has extensive experience both in higher education and in the industry. Margaret most enjoys the variety of performance and the opportunity to meet so many interesting and talented people working at a fringe venue affords.

Get involved

Education / Outreach

Through our Education/Outreach programme Lantern Theatre Liverpool (LTL) aims to; create opportunities for people to engage in participatory arts projects, engage and empower people and communities, create professional development opportunities for local artists, promote the value of diversity and inclusion and to maximize the value of project legacies.

School workshops
LTL provides drama based workshops for schools, pupils and teachers, delivered here or in your school at very competitive prices. Contact for details.

Summer Schools
please check back and follow us on facebook and twitter for further information.

New Leaf Theatre Ensemble
Always wanted to act? Weekly acting training for adults, all ages and levels of experience welcome. Led by Esther Dix, Actor/Director and LIPA graduate. Contact for details.

Writer’s Forum
LTL aims to provide a base for young and aspiring writers, local to and studying in Liverpool. Contact for details.

Front of House Volunteers
We are always looking for friendly committed volunteers to support our front of house team. Contact for details.

Ambassador Scheme

Running since 2012, Lantern Theatre Ambassador Scheme gives those who are wishing to gain industry experience, just that. Successful ambassador candidates must commit to a three month scheme, offering 10 hours each week, with roles including Box Office, front of house, marketing and promotion, administration and venue preparation. In return for the commitment shown ambassadors will benefit from; free entry to performances, when performing box-office duties, discounted tickets to all performances. networking opportunities, skill development, CV enhancement and references for future jobs, plus, 10% off drinks at Lantern Theatre Bar. Ambassadors will also be given the opportunity to shadow a range of industry jobs including, writers, producers, directors, marketing, fundraising, arts admin, event organisation and administration. This will build a strong portfolio for successful ambassadors and set them on the path to professional employment.

Become an Ambassador
Potential Ambassador’s must supply, a current CV as well as a proposal in no more than 400 words outlining what they anticipate the role to be, what they would like to gain from the role, ways in which they would promote The Lantern and any additional skills that they may have. Email

Download the Ambassador PDF for more info

Support Us

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends…

Become a friend of Lantern Theatre Liverpool today. LTL is dedicated to the delivery and development of ground breaking theatre; committed to bringing fresh talent to our stage and to your attention. However, with no public subsidy, we rely heavily on the support of our Friends and for as little as £4 a month, you too can get involved and begin to play your part…

Just like any true friendship, we promise our relationship will be mutually beneficial!


Venue hire

‘You know how it is with venues: most make you happy to be there; a rare few make you feel there is nowhere else you would rather spend the evening. So it is at the small but perfectly set-up Lantern’ The Observer

The Lantern Theatre is an open plan, modular space that can be used for a variety of different events, theatre, music and comedy. It’s current configuration is for theatre but can easily be changed to suit the needs of your event. The size and shape of the venue gives a level of intimacy that audience members will love.

The performance space is roughly 6.5 x 6.5 meter with two sets of curtains at the rear of the space to enable crossovers. The lighting facilities in the theatre are limited due to the size of the space and are rigged at the front and sides only. Our technicians will also be on hand to make any slight adjustments, dependent on your needs. The space does have some height restriction and cannot support sets in excess of 2.45 meters, we therefore strongly advise that you view the venue before making a booking.

The back stage and dressing room area is relatively compact but can easily accommodate a cast of 10 – 15. The Lantern Theatre has a fully licensed bar serving drinks, snacks and ice cream before, during the interval and after the performances. The bar will be staffed at all times and also serves as the box office for members of the public who wish to purchase their tickets on the day of the performance. Audience members are advised to arrive 15 – 30 minutes before the event begins. The venue has a capacity 100 maximum. Staff and cast members are included in this and should, therefore, be factored in.

The configuration of seating that you currently see in the plan has the capacity for an audience of 73. An extra row of seats at the front would give a capacity of 85. For special events like music or comedy nights the seating can be moved to allow for tables and chairs and a small stage. There is also a goods lift which can be used to transport set/costumes, however it must be supervised by our staff at all times.

Bar hire

The recently renovated Lantern Theatre Bar is an inviting candlelit hub of creativity, where theatregoers can mingle with cast and creatives for post performance chats in an intimate setting. Reasonably priced drinks in a unique space only add to the character of this fringe venue. Turn off your Instagram filter; Lantern Theatre Bar has a natural glow of its own.

As well as for post theatre drinks LTL Bar is available to hire for private functions and lends itself to a variety of occasions. Be it birthday party, baby shower or a simple friendly get together, it is the perfect venue. Catering facilities are available as well as a range entertainment. Call today to discuss party packages.

Contact Us

01517 030 000

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Company Number 7750494
The Lantern Theatre
57 Blundell Street
Liverpool L1 0AJ