Royle Variety Show

Published: 27 January 2023
Reporter: David Upton

Rita, Sue and Bob Too

Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre sees Ricky Tomlinson host Ricky’s Royle Variety Show February 5.

The afternoon of variety talent—including cabaret performers, comedians and musicians—is presented in collaboration with Asa Murphy Productions.

The stage version of Andrea Dunbar’s cult classic Rita, Sue and Bob Too comes to the Epstein February 11–19 while RuPaul’s Drag Race ‘breakout’ stars Ginny Lemon & Sister Sister arrive with their You Keep Me Hangin’ On tour February 22, including chance for a meet and greet.

Adult panto returns to March 6 with The Little Mermaid. The show stars Davina De Campo in the title role, with Detox as the evil Sea Witch and David Potts as the captain.

Epstein audiences loved Irish Annie’s when the show was performed last year so it’s back—along with stars Ricky Tomlinson, Catherine Rice and Asa Murphy—for two performances March 18.

In a coming-of-age drama, Too Much World All At Once, March 23, 15-year-old Noble is transformed into a bird and sets out to reach his sister Chloe, stationed with the British Antarctic Survey on a remote island thousands of miles away.

Stone on Stone comes March 24-25. Based on a true story, Frank Kenny’s play is set in New York’s Sing Sing prison in 1922 where Liverpool Irish trade unionist James Larkin was being held on charges of criminal anarchy, and where he was visited by high-profile supporter Charlie Chaplin.

Sleeping Beauty runs from April 7–16.

Eurovision fever is set to take over Liverpool in May when the song contest is held in the city on behalf of Ukraine, and the Epstein is joining in the fun with a Holy Moly Cabaret Eurovision Special May 12, hosted by Nana Funk and starring some of the region’s top cabaret acts.

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