Liverpool’s Empire Theatre boasts a rich history among the city’s thriving culture and entertainment scene. The perfect place for an evening of amusement, grab tickets to a show the next time you’re in Liverpool and settle in for a night you won’t forget in a hurry.
The history of Liverpool Empire Theatre
First called The Prince of Wales Theatre, the venue was opened in 1866 on Lime Street, one of the city’s primary locations. The theatre of old was smaller than the one we know today and was operated by gas and steam.
The first production shown at The Prince of Wales was Faust, an Italian opera. Within the first year of its existence, the theatre had its name changed to the Alexandra Theatre and Opera House, most likely after Princess Alexandra, wife to the Prince of Wales.
In 1895 the venue was bought by Moss Empires, a large theatre company in possession of several Empire theatres across the country. It was then that the theatre became the Liverpool Empire – a name which has stuck for more than 100 years.
During the 1900s, the theatre owners pulled down the structure as it was and rebuilt today’s more elegant venue. The theatre as we know it was opened in 1925. In the years to follow, the Liverpool Empire Theatre hosted the likes of Julie Andrews, Laurel and Hardy, and Frankie Vaughn.
The Liverpool Empire Theatre today
Liverpool’s premier theatre boasts a seating capacity of 2,348. That’s a big audience! It’s hosted two Royal Command performances, and the Royal Variety Show in 2008. Did we mention The Beatles performed there?
Take a look at the programme and choose an event that coincides with your trip to Liverpool. Or plan a visit around an unforgettable show! The Liverpool Empire is always worth the journey.
Getting to the Liverpool Empire
Thanks to its location on Liverpool’s Lime Street, the Empire Theatre couldn’t be easier to get to. Next door to Lime Street Station, it’s easy to access by train or bus. If you’re driving to your show, you can park in one of the city’s many central car parks for a small fee and enjoy a short stroll to the theatre.
The best restaurants near Liverpool Empire Theatre
There are so many excellent restaurants in Liverpool that are perfect for a pre or post-theatre meal. Try Röski, an eclectic fine-dining restaurant by MasterChef: The Professionals winner Anton Piotrowski. This high-end spot is a short 13-minute stroll from the Liverpool Empire, making it an ideal choice to enhance your evening.
For greater convenience on your evening in Liverpool, grab dinner in your hotel restaurant before you head out into town. The Wheelers of St James Oyster Bar at the Pullman Liverpool boasts a classic seafood-based menu, with dishes like Oysters Rockefeller taking centre stage.
Hotels near Liverpool Empire Theatre
Make the most of your time in Liverpool with a stay at Pullman. Pullman Liverpool is situated at King’s Dock on the city’s iconic waterfront. Close to cultural attractions including Albert Dock, home to the Tate Liverpool and The Beatles Story museum.
When you choose Pullman for your stay, you’re guaranteed the very best from the moment you arrive. Our luxury hotel in Liverpool even offers rooms with guaranteed river views, so you can spend your entire trip in the most beautiful surroundings. Or discover all Accor hotels in Liverpool here.