The Royal Court Theatre is one of Liverpool’s most storied theatres. Built in its current form in 1938, the Grade II listed art deco theatre has a strong place in Liverpudlian local culture, hosting eight long-running productions a year with a Liverpool theme along with touring comedy and musicals.
The Royal Court first became an entertainment venue in 1826 when circus owner John Cooke acquired the site. The building was redesigned as a regular theatre in 1881 and re-opened as the Royal Court. In 1938 the Royal Court took on its current form, being designed with a nautical theme as a nod to Liverpool’s maritime heritage.
The theatre became a live music venue in the 1980s, hosting international acts such as Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, and U2. By the mid 2000s the Royal Court returned to its original purpose, and recently underwent an extensive £12m refurbishment in four stages.
Recent productions presented by the Royal Court include The Ruby Slippers, Mam! I’m ‘Ere, and BOST Musical’s version of Sweeney Todd. Always friendly and undeniably Scouse, if you’re looking for a fun, heartwarming evening you can’t look further than the Royal Court.