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Once

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Liverpool Empire

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Mon 20 - Sat 25 Jan 2020

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Based on a cult 2006 Irish indie feature, originally shot on a micro-budget of just $160,000, it tells the uplifting yet yearning story of a part-time Dublin guitarist busker (who works by day in his dad's Hoover repair shop) who falls unexpectedly in love with a young Czech immigrant fellow musician. As we follow their relationship across five short days, big changes happen to both of them in little ways.
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Liverpool Empirechange

Mon 20 - Sat 25 Jan 2020
1 Lime St, Liverpool L1 1JE, UK
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]

Why go and see it?

A Broadway and West End hit musical that's a ravishing love story with a bittersweet difference, Once casts a spell over the audience just as its two lead characters cast a spell over each other.

As conjured by a score of original Irish-inflected songs, written by the original stars of the film Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the atmosphere is partly a busked concert and partly an aching romance that feels both spontaneous and freshly minted. The music, played live by the actors themselves, is alternately beautiful and rousing, and Enda Walsh's script quietly overwhelms with its sense of spirit, sincerity and solitude.

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There's no other show quite like it. It's the most unusual, unique and affecting musical you're ever likely to see. It has a spontaneous free-form improvisatory vitality, yet it is also emotionally precise in the understated air of longing that anyone who has ever been in love will recognise instantly. And audiences will fall head over heels in love with the show, too. Once is a genuine one-off which you'll need to see at least once -- but it's also unlikely to be your last time, as you'll want to see it again (and again).

This show wins standing ovations the old-fashioned way: with a love story, great songs, compelling characters and inventive stagecraft. At this point in Broadway history, this feels downright revolutionary
- New York Post
An exquisite reminder of theater's singular capacity to transport us
- Th Hollywood Reporter
A love affair with music… fresh and unexpected
- The New York Times

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What the critics say

It's funny, its truthful, it sings
- The Times
Wins you over with its simplicity, charm and air of sweet melancholy
- The Guardian
Charmingly funny and affecting
- The Independent

Liverpool Empire

1 Lime St, Liverpool L1 1JE, UK
Lime Street Station
Monday to Saturday, 12.00 to 16.00. Sunday, opens 2 hours prior to show starting (closed for no show).
On show nights, the Box Office will remain open until 15 minutes after the show stars. On Sundays and Bank Holidays, if there is a performance, the Box Office will open 2 hours before the show stars, and close 15 minutes after the show starts.
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Access
The Liverpool Empire has four bars to choose from.
Add that VIP experience to your visit by upgrading your ticket to include access to our excusive Ambassador Lounge. You will be greeted on arrival by one of our dedicated hosts who will escort you to your table. For more information, please contact
A cloakroom is available at this venue during selected performances.

In 1866, Liverpool Empire began its life as The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House and was run by gas light and steam power. The name changed to what it is today in 1895, so has had its name for over 100 years. It went through many refurbishments, before being bought by ATG and the theatre now stands about a quarter size bigger than it originally stood.

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Watch the trailer

Liverpool Empirechange

Mon 20 - Sat 25 Jan 2020
1 Lime St, Liverpool L1 1JE, UK
Mon - Sat at 19:30
Thu and Sat at 14:30
For bookings of 10 or more please contact our group teams as below;
West End venues, Group Line 020 7206 1174 or email [email protected]
All other venues please call 020 7206 1179 or email [email protected]