Lantern Theatre Liverpool

What's on

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!


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.


10th January 2015
- MacManus Homecoming Gig

Playing a gig on Merseyside is like a homecoming for Ronan MacManus, his Grandad played in the band on the White Starline boats back in the 1920′s & 1930′s, Ronan’s father Ross started his musical career playing Bebop and Jazz all around the region and obviously older brother Declan (Elvis Costello) is one of the city’s most famous sons.

Ronan with older sibling Declan (Elvis) imageRonan MacManus will launch his new album ‘Elephant in the Room’ exclusively here at The Lantern. In addition he will also be playing tracks from his ‘War on Peace’ EP and ‘Strawberry Hill’ LP. He will also showcase some new – as yet unrecorded – tracks.

Ronan MacManus is a singer/songwriter from Twickenham in West London. His father Ross MacManus, from Birkenhead, was a musician and trumpet player with Joe Loss and his orchestra and passed on the musical tradition to all five of his sons – including the well-known musician Elvis Costello.


15th and 16th January
- Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity

A rambunctious theatrical freefall taking us on a journey through the inner workings of one man’s depraved and flirtatiously outrageous mind.

Barry’s an indecent man. Or is he? Who’s at fault here? Oh Yes Theatre presents, Inglorious Insinuations of Insanity. A dark comedy born out of improvisation, Inglorious brings fresh collaborative writing to life in a mind boggling, non-stop, one way ticket to la la land.

What happens when imagination takes over, when the strict borders of ‘normal’ social behaviour slip away and our childlike and basest human imperfections come out to play?

It’s all fun and games for Barry, all fun and games indeed.


23rd and 24th January
- Cultural Exchange

This is an evening of new writing presented by Keyhole Theatre Co. who have always encouraged new writing and run scriptwriting classes

Keyhole Theatre Company have presented a wide range of theatre over the years since the company was founded.  The company has toured to Edinburgh Festival with both new writing and well known pieces and has worked in schools, colleges and Adult Learning. Keyhole has run drama classes and scriptwriting classes and taken part in local festivals while also presenting musical theatre. This is the first time the company has appeared at the Lantern and is delighted to present several monologues and a one act play under the title Cultural Exchange.


30th January
- Andrew Watts – Feminism for Chaps

Andrew Watts didn’t realise he was a feminist. Until now. Join him as he explores how chaps like him can change the world. ***** Chortle

Feminism for Chaps

Andrew Watts is an “exquisitely funny” (Time Out) comedian, but he didn’t realise he was a feminist… Until now. Join him as he explores, with his trademark “intelligent wit” (The Scotsman), how chaps like him can change the world.

“An absolutely superb, hilarious show, right the way through to the stumps, this is smart, enjoyable and not just for chaps. It probably made me laugh more than anything else I’ve seen so far this Fringe … This is a show that should play in every school, college and workplace in the country until everyone gets it .. It’s politely passionate, political, beautifully expressed and very funny.” ***** Chortle

“Andrew Watts is so engaging, so entertaining and so persuasive that we are all sad when his clever, personal and very funny hour comes to an end … An intelligent, grown up, feminist show. With great jokes.” **** The Scotsman


31st January
- Brendon Burns – Outside The Box

Often replicated but never matched, his shows aren’t just extended sets, Burns specialises in creating experiences: forever experimenting with the form and throwing himself new challenges.


If we were to use one word to describe Brendon Burns’ career it’d be “interesting”.

Often replicated but never matched, his shows aren’t just extended sets, Burns specialises in creating experiences: forever experimenting with the form and throwing himself new challenges.

Ask around and you’ll find every comic on the international scene has a funny Brendon Burns story. A, “They were there the night he…” tale.

Sure he’s critically acclaimed, a comic’s comic and something of a cult figure. But, above all, he’s… well… interesting

The single most jaw-dropping, awkward, yet ultimately rewarding bit of stand up we have ever seen”
****** (An unprecedented six out of six stars) Time Out, London

Age 16+

For tickets follow this link.


12th February
- Winona

Siblings Kate and Daf have retreated to their family cottage somewhere in the Welsh valley, just when someone puts a gun to their head outside.


Their somewhat quiet retreat turns into something quite different.  Winona is the new play by acclaimed writer Christopher T. Harris, a play about love, social existence and the need to love.

This production is directed by acclaimed practioner Natalie Evans with a cast that includes Ally Goodman, Lesley Staum-Lewis and Andy Evans.

Abandoned Theatre Co. are an independent theatre company who seek to create innovative and original performances of dramatic texts, adaptations and new writing. Formed in Autumn 2012, the company premiered their first production in March 2014; Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. This was followed by Jez Butterworth’s Mojo in May 2014.


21st February
- The Tafts – HOME AT LAST

The Tafts in Concert

Liverpool Family Band the Tafts return to their Home City of Liverpool for a night of Songs, old and new, singing their self-penned stories of Life growing up on the banks of the Mersey.


The Tafts self-penned songs create a beauty and truth within their captivating musical storytelling that crosses the bridges between, Folk, Americana and Adult Contemporary. Their craftsmanship, artistry and musicality take the listener into other worlds, telling of the lives and times of others who have gone before them, in a world that suspends belief and engages as only music can.


24th February
- The Liz & Dick Show

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton spar and bicker at breakneck speed in Dhanil Ali’s intimate analysis of their addiction to each other.

Liz and Dick Show

The BBC4 biopic, Burton and Taylor, has served as an appropriate amuse bouche for this helter skelter  observance of love in decline.  Dhanil Ali forces us to witness the intimate breakdown of both a professional and personal relationship as Elizabeth and Richard spar at breakneck speed during their preliminary script readings. Ken McConnell  rounds Burton’s Welsh vowels with warmth and tenderness only to be rebuffed by Elizabeth’s sharp alcohol-fuelled sarcasm. He wears the Burton cardigan as his own skin, the relaxed confident Shakespearean master who is obsessed with love for Elizabeth, but harbouring too the resentment which comes from being the poor Welsh boy now married to one of the world’s richest women. Lydia Poole plays the 34 year old Liz with natural glamour, perfectly timed wit and stomach lurching poignancy as she realises their marriage is steering toward an abyss.  Even this does not stop her from prodding and needling him into explosion in order for her to enjoy the fallout, and the making up. Never were two people more “addicted to love”. And alcohol.  Public and private audiences are uncomfortable witnesses to their positive and negative passions. Can’t live with her, can’t live without him. In Richard Burton’s own words: “Our love is so furious that we burn each other out”.

Prepare for laughter, tears and an uncomfortable ride through the relationship of two of the most gifted and famous actors of the twentieth century.


7th March

The Sounds of Simon is a tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. The Old Friends Duo tour is how the songs are meant to be: just two voices and one guitar. This is the music of Simon and Garfunkel up close and intimate.


Relive the classics, from Mrs Robinson, to Homeward Bound, as well as some rarely heard songs like A Most Peculiar Man, and A Poem on the Underground Wall. Paul Simon is a wonderful songwriter and this is your chance to hear these songs as they were originally performed.

Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. This is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians.

“Ben is something of an expert on Paul Simon.”  – BBC The One Show

“A world class act.” – The Hinckley Times

“The lead singers have excellent diction, wonderfully balanced harmonies and above all a friendly approach to audience contact. What a treat to listen to live sound with perfect volume.” The Melton Times.

“A musical feast for anyone who loves the songs of Paul Simon.” –Chris Lloyd (Talon)

“Our own Simon and Garfunkel.”  – Musician Records

“Their harmonies were spot on.” – The Outsider



4th and 5th April
- The Bastard Queen

The Bastard Queen is a pitch-black comedy which follows the survival of the last five people on the planet after the apocalypse.

Bastard Queen

Everything is gone. Everyone. Four lone survivors, banded together by uncertain events struggle through life – or what is left of it. Then on a day as bleak as any other, a stranger arrives from the nothingness and disturbs the fragile balance of the group. Each member is forced to face themselves, each other, and overwhelming events that ensue. Albeit with the aid of umbrellas and shoes.

The play is littered with witty musings, laugh-out-loud comedy, and even touching, human moments. This emotionally dynamic production tackles topics ranging from what defines being ‘up’ in the morning, to starvation, to personal intimacy, all with a comical twist.  Co-written with Jemma Lynch and directed by Mikee Dickinson, this production will push the boundaries of black comedy. With Mikee and Jemma’s unique writing, and performances from a talented cast, including Nick Fraser (Illumination and They Shoot Dogs), Jemma Lynch, Megan Bond, Winston Branche and Kate Brady. Additional technical and art work also by Steven Yates and Tom Lyth.

‘The end’ is catching up with them, and with only their imaginations, endless rubbish and a grail-like find to entertain them, they decide to look at the brighter side of things, after all, it’s only the end of the world.

“An incredibly well acted free form play with punchy and funny dialogue and a great soundtrack and set. A very worthy joint winner of our Edinburgh Award 2014″. – Michael Brazier – NSDF CEO


16th and 17th April
- Benefit

Three people and their everyday struggles with their sense of self. A story about lives, loves, victories, and the social systems we depend upon.


Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their histories and their own sense of self. A coup in a foreign country half a century ago, a disability that leaves a person speechless, and a sex addiction that’s destroying a relationship link three characters in a carefully crafted story about lives and loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon. What is left to lose? What is left to gain? And when will equality and justice truly be served?


This production uses forum theatre, a type of interactive theatre which empowers the audience to change the action of the play. You will have the opportunity to debate, disagree and even participate in the show.


Cardboard Citizens is one of the world’s leading practitioners of forum theatre, bringing together diverse audiences in a variety of contexts. The Company has been making life-changing theatre with homeless and marginalised people for over twenty years.

“Cardboard citizens is a theatre company that must surely rank as being amongst the most genuinely life changing in the uk”

What’s On Stage


21st - 26th April
- No Second Bite

A premiere presentation which has been described as the ‘Liverbirds on Acid’ and produced by Jaiden Micheal this adult comedy is for over 18s ONLY.

No Second Bite

Angie and Bella are single and share a flat in a house presided over by their very odd landlordWeena whose sexuality is a matter for continued debate. Both women hold a long cherished desire for motherhood. Unfortunately Bella is very nearly past her sell-by-date and the years have not been kind. As a result she lacks the confidence to track down a suitable mate. Angie however has ovarian time on her side and encounters few problems in attracting male bed buddies but the prospect of any suitable knight in shining armour riding to her maternal rescue is slight. It appears that men these days seem to be taking precautions – possibly as a result of the CSA. We join them at home one evening for a girls-night-in full of pizza, chocs, wine and a bout of men bashing when both their lives take wholly surprising turns as unexpected guests come knocking.

This premiere presentation is produced by Jaiden Micheal & Karen Struel-White written by Belvedere Pashun (WAG The Musical, Norma Jeane The Musical) and stars Lynne Fitzgerald & Charlie Griffiths as Bella and Angie. Show website No Second Bite


30th April
- Muscovado

A new play about slavery in 19th Century Barbados, combining sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension


 ‘How come the cane taste so sweet, yet feasts on my blood?’

 Muscovado is the scorching new play by Matilda Ibini about slavery in Nineteenth Century Barbados. A heady mix of sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension, Muscovado provides an unflinching portrayal of life on a sugar plantation in 1808, accompanied by an original musical score and atmospheric soundscape performed live.                                                                                                                      Muscovado will be touring to theatres and site-specific venues around the UK in 2015.

Really powerful” – BBC Radio 1

“A truly visceral experience. The sweat dripping from the bodies of the actors, confessions in candlelight and sacred song combine with some great writing from a promising future playwright.” **** British Theatre Guide

 “Stirring. This isn’t theatre for the faint-hearted – it’s gruelling stuff. Go if you can.” **** –

 “Compelling. A passionate piece of work. It is a necessary and daring insight into history that though should never be forgotten and should never be repeated. Go and see it!” – Ronke Lawal, Afridiziak




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.


12th December
- Henry Priestman

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

Mark McNulty  (5)

Henry’s Lantern Theatre Christmas Show 2014 was a huge success, and
sold out 3 months before the gig, so be quick to snap up tickets for
this, his “2nd Annual Lantern Theatre (vaguely) Christmas Show”

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. And in 2014 the follow-up album “The
Last Mad Surge of Youth” brought forth even more 4 star reviews.
UnCut: 8/10 “…compares favourably to Ray Davies. These are
heart-warming self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that
he’s not done yet”


Become a friend
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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

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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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The Lantern Theatre
57 Blundell Street
Liverpool L1 0AJ