Little extra from Liverpool Theatre Fest

Published: 4 April 2021
Reporter: David Upton

Bombed out! Liverpool Theatre Festival Credit: David Munn

Liverpool Theatre Festival plans to return in September after its inaugural year—and this time introduces a summer event to première new works.

The outdoor festival at St Luke’s Bombed Out Church in September 2020 was created by Liverpool theatre producer Bill Elms after theatres nationwide closed their doors due to the coronavirus lockdown.

It went ahead with COVID-secure safety measures and featured established shows and artists with performances of musical theatre, drama, comedy, cabaret, monologues and children’s shows.

This year, it will run across two weeks in September, with the addition of Little LTF to première and champion new talent. Once again, the festival hub is the church and gardens in Liverpool city centre.

Little LTF will run for a week during the summer and gives writers and performers the platform and opportunity to present new work in front of a live audience.

Little LTF runs from July 12–18 and will be staged within the church walls in a specially designed undercover performance space, creating a more intimate setting. Full details will be on the festival web site from April 6. Successful shows will be announced in May.

The main event will run from September 1–12 and is planned to launch the city’s autumn theatre season. The line-up for that will be announced soon.

The inaugural Liverpool Theatre Festival welcomed almost 2,500 festival-goers across nine days and featured 19 performances of 12 productions. It was named Liverpool Echo Awards Community Event of the Year 2020 and organiser Bill Elms was named in The Stage 100 of theatre-makers.