The offices of state wear heavily on Jephtha's shoulders. He has led his people through war to victory, he is a hero, the man of the hour - but there is a catch, a terrible catch. Before victory, Jephtha vowed that, if he was to win, he would sacrifice the first living creature he encountered on his return. The first person to greet him was his beloved daughter Iphis...... Read more >>
Running time: 3hrs 10mins
Sublime music, electrifying theatre, a profound plea for humanity.
The offices of state wear heavily on Jephtha's shoulders. He has led his people through war to victory, he is a hero, the man of the hour - but there is a catch, a terrible catch. Before victory, Jephtha vowed that, if he was to win, he would sacrifice the first living creature he encountered on his return. The first person to greet him was his beloved daughter Iphis...
Handel's sublime music and Thomas Morell's exquisite words are infused with almost unbearable pathos. Katie Mitchell's inspired production transforms this oratorio into electrifying theatre which asks profound questions about the clash between individuals and the state. Jephtha is a heart-stopping and poignant experience.
Sung in English with surtitles in English
Pre-performance talk Tuesday 20 November, 6pm
There are sixteen wheelchair spaces available in the auditorium. 12 in the stalls and 4 in the circle. There is lift access to all levels of the theatre. All areas of the Theatres are accessible to customers with limited mobility, including wheelchair users. There is level access from Lime Street, through into the foyer, with level access into the auditorium at both sides of the stalls. The building features wide doors, and additional toilet facilities for disabled people. One front of house lift provides access to the circle and one lift provides access to the stalls bar toilets, with appropriate seating positions available on all levels.
Liverpool Empire Theatre is equipped with an infrared sound amplification system. To access the infrared system please request receiving equipment from a member of the Front of House team who will provide you with an induction loop necklace.
Induction Loop Necklace
Suitable for persons wearing a hearing aid, the induction loop necklace is worn around the neck. Whilst wearing the necklace, switch your hearing aid to the 'T' setting and the sound is amplified. The necklace has an adjustable volume control.
There are a number of British Sign Language Interpreted performances every season. A signer will be sited at the side of the stage. Advice on the position of the signer can be provided by the Access Officer for individual performances. Please call the Access for All line for more information 0151 702 7328.
Guide, hearing and other working dogs are welcome in all parts of the theatre.
There are public toilet facilities on all levels of the theatre. There are separate, fully accessible, male and female facilities on the ground and first floors. Backstage there are accessible facilities. There is an emergency call-point in all accessible facilities, should you need to call for a member of staff.
Baby changing facilities are located in fully accessible toilets. Please ask a member of the Front of House team if you require assistance.
Book in person by calling into our Box Office on the corner of London Road and Lime Street, Monday to Saturday 12.00 noon to 6pm (8pm on performance nights and open 2 hours prior to performances on Sundays)
The Liverpool Empire Theatre is located on Lime Street and is easily accessible by road. For SATNAV use L1 1JE.
The theatre does not have its own parking facilities but Liverpool boasts many city centre car parks with reasonable rates and many are within 5 minutes walk of the theatre.
The closest car parks are located on Hotham Street, Mount Pleasant, Lord Nelson Street and at St John’s Shopping Centre on Lime Street. St. John’s Car Park offers discounted parking of £2 for patrons visiting local theatres after 5.00 pm and leaving before midnight. To qualify for the discounted rate use the main car park and take a ticket on entry. Do not use the short stay pay and display area. When leaving the car park after the performance, you must hand your car parking ticket and your theatre ticket stub, dated for that evening’s performance, to the cashier at the car park exit. You will then be charged the applicable discounted tariff.
The Liverpool Empire Theatre is next door to Lime Street Station. Local (Wirral Line) and National rail services stop at this station. Please use the Lord Nelson Street exit for the theatre.
Key services stop on Lime Street including the 101, C2, C3 , C5, 10, 10A and 10B
Book online: Use the links below
Telephone Booking: 0844 871 3017
Customer Service: 0844 871 7627
Groups Bookings: 0844 871 3037 (10am – 6pm) firstname.lastname@example.org
Access Bookings: 0844 871 7677 email@example.com
Stage Door / Admin:* 0151 702 7320
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Don't forget to pre-order your interval drinks when you arrive as all bars get busy! During most performances alcoholic drinks are allowed into the auditorium. We now accept all major credit and debit cards for bar bill payments.
Whether you want to meet friends over a coffee, enjoy a delicious lunch in our pleasant and relaxing surroundings or simply enjoy a pre-theatre meal, Autograph is the perfect place to begin your enchanting theatre experience. Enjoy superb coffees, teas, soft drinks and selected wines and beers, in a casual yet sophisticated setting. Opens 11am.
See the restaurant tab for details of pre-theatre meals.