The Liverpool Theatre Festival is set to return this coming September, a year after theatre producer Bill Elms introduced the outdoor festival to St. Luke’s Bombed Out Church.
The festival was curated last year in response to the impact of the pandemic on the theatre industry, providing actors, technicians, and other theatre workers with temporary employment.
In 2020, and with strict adherence to COVID-19 safety measures, the festival allowed both up and coming and established shows and artists to go ahead with performances ranging across theatre, cabaret, and comedy. Over 2,500 people attended the festival across the eleven days.
The festival will return this year with the addition of Little LTF, specifically designed to premiere and promote new talent.
In a statement on the festival’s Facebook page, Elms commented that “we are sure the public appetite for live theatre and entertainment will be stronger than ever after a very challenging year for everyone. Both of this year’s events will be held in the open air and like last year, any necessary measures will be in place to ensure the safety of our audience, performers and those working at the festival.”
Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust recently received a grant of almost £390,000 from the UK Government’s Cultural Recovery Fund.
Little LTF will run from 12-18 July, followed by the main festival from 1-12 September. It will signal the beginning of Liverpool’s autumn theatre season, for which the line-up will be soon announced in full. More information is available on the Liverpool Theatre Festival website.
Words by George Walker.
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