The site where the theatre now stands was once house to The New Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House which was opened in 1866. It closed and was demolished in 1924 making way for the Liverpool Empire Theatre which opened in 1925 as a Playhouse. It has the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain and has hosted many types of entertainment over the years, including variety shows, musicals, operas, pop concerts, and plays. Famously, The Beatles appeared in the theatre in their early days to perform a hometown concert and in 2007, a Royal Variety Performance to mark Liverpool’s designation as European City of Culture.
The theatre is so ornate and contains much detailed architecture, therefore giving it National Heritage status as a Grade II listed building in 1990.
It continues to stage productions in various genres, including musicals, pop concerts, comedians, plays, opera, and wrestling. There is also reputed to be at least two ghosts but you aren’t likely to find a spare seat next to you with one of them in it as the venue rarely fails to sell out!
Please visit the venue’s website for up-to-date travel and facilities information.