- Liverpool Playhouse
Infobox Historic building
style=The Liverpool Playhouse is a
theatrein Williamson Squarein the city of Liverpool, England.
Although a concert room had existed on the site since approximately 1844, the Grade II* listed theatre seen today was built in 1866, when it was the
Star Music Hall. Changing ownership and name to Star Theatre of Varieties and then Star Theatre it became the home to Liverpool RepertoryTheatre Company, which was established in 1911, and disbanded in 1999. The name was changed to The Playhouse in 1917. Among actors in the company were Robert Donat, Michael Redgrave, Alex Atkinson, Anthony Hopkins, John Thawand Ian McKellen. During the Second World Warit was home to the Old Vic. The theatre was briefly closed in the late nineties, but reopened in 2000 under the management of Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust who also run its sister theatre, the Everyman. The Playhouse has become the venue for numerous acclaimed new productions mainly of old plays, in contrast to the Everyman Theatre, which has focused on new works.
In September 2003,
Gemma Bodinetz(artistic director) and Deborah Aydon(executive director) took over the running of the Playhouse and the Everyman Theatre.
* [http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/ Official website] — also for the its sister theatre, The Everyman
* [http://www.liverpooltheatreguide.com/playhouse.htm What's On At The Playhouse Theatre, Liverpool]
* [http://www.arthurlloyd.co.uk/LiverpoolTheatresIndex.htm Liverpool Theatre History]
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