In October 1866 a new theatre, named The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House opened in Liverpool, on Lime Street. About three quarters the size of the theatre that stands today, it was lit by gas light and all the stage machinery was controlled by steam power. The very first production was the opera Faust, performed by an Italian company. Within a year the theatre had been renamed and became the Alexandra Theatre and Opera House, probably because the Prince of Wales married Princess... Read more >>
With countless West End credits to his name, Peter McKintosh is the design mastermind behind some of the country's most successful stage productions, We caught up with Peter about his work on Guys and Dolls now on in the West End and heading out on tour soon.
Here are our top tips about the best Christmas shows to go and see this 2014. There's something in here for everyone, whether you're from Torquay, Glasgow or anywhere in between.
Check out which of our biggest and best musicals are UK bound this 2014, and which plays are taking punters by storm.
Take at look at the programme covers of our pantomimes and Christmas shows over the last 10 years. How many have you attended?
This year we’ll take a magical carpet ride to Old Peking in the Liverpool Empire’s fun-packed and hilarious family pantomime Aladdin! Check out the all star Liverpool line-up we’ve secured just for you.
Liverpool Empire has quite a few royal connections. Not only built on the site of The Prince of Wales Theatre & Opera House (royalty’s all in the name, right?), it’s played host to Queenie, her prince, and is one of only seven locations to proudly present the Royal Variety show.
Take our pantomime quiz to decide which show is the one for you. Are you young at heart like Peter Pan, a bit of a clean freak like Cinderella, a fan of exotic climates like Aladdin, not a morning person like Sleeping Beauty, one of the lads like Snow White, keen on heights like Jack and the Beanstalk or all about the gold like Dick Whittington?
This Christmas, we thought we'd try and get some of ATG's staff centre stage with our own version of the '12 Days of Christmas' classic. Contributors are - in true ATG style - from all round the country, and involved in theatre in many different capacities.
Halloween is here again, and we thought we'd mark the occasion by telling you ghost stories from some of our most haunted theatres. Light a candle, grab a cuppa and be prepared for the fright of your life!
Captain Hook's left-hand man Smee gives us an insight into life aboard the Jolly Roger.
The stars of Liverpool’s panto, Peter Pan, raise over £2,000 in memory of actress Bernie Nolan.
Did you know that ATG owns 40 theatres? Each unique in their own special way... here are some nice photos that show them off at their best.