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The main reason for me to visit Liverpool was to see new The Phantom of the Opera production at city's Empire Theatre. As many know I'm a big fan of the musical and I've been following the new production around the UK during 2012. Please check out my Phantom 25 Travelogue.
I sat in the front row where I got a great view of the action and the seat was pretty comfortable with plenty of leg room. I was concerned before if I would be too close to the stage but the view was good even if I couldn't see the stage floor but it didn't matter to me.
The theatre opened in 1866 as The Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House then renamed the Alexandra Theatre and Opera House. The theatre mainly focussed on opera but also staged musicals, ballets and plays. The theatre attracted notable performances. Eventually the theatre ran into financial problems and in 1895 the theatre was bought by Moss Empires, a theatre company. Since the Moss Empires ownership the theatre was renamed as 'Empire Theatre' and has remain. so ever since. Around about the same time the theatre was refurbished by Frank Matcham.
The theatre was rebuilt during the 1920s as Moss Empires wanted a larger and grander theatre. The current building opened in 1925 which boasted Europe's widest auditorium with 2,281 seats and is one of Britain's two tier (stalls and circle) theatres. The theatre was damaged during World War II along with other nearby buildings.
The theatre hosted the Beatles when they returned to Liverpool in 1965 to a sold out audience and it was known more for the fans' screams than what was played on stage. The Empire Theatre struggled during the 1970s due to a low demand from audiences and there was talk of developers who wanted to demolish the theatre and use the site for different things such as a car park. Fortunately the theatre was saved and has thrived ever since with a major resurgence of musicals.
In 1998, the Empire Theatre went through another an intensive refurbishment to modernise the theatre including its facilities, access, seating, front of house space, stage and back stage and adding in the up to date technology. The main change was the stage being extended at the back by 20 feet and this attracted a lot of the big musicals such as Beauty and the Beast (ran 1998) and The Phantom of the Opera (ran in 1998 and 2013).
The theatre is owned by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) who is responsible for theatre production nationwide and also the upkeep of this theatre and its ticketing.
Dress Code: Smart casual
Updated Mar 22, 2013
Address: Lime Street, Liverpool, L1 1JE
Phone: 0844 871 3017
Whilst my friends went to see 'Phantom' at Liverpool's Empire Theatre on our first evening I decided to catch a movie at Liverpool One's ODEON cinema.
I saw 'Les Miserables' at the ODEON cinema. It cost me 9.25 gbp (March 2013) to see the movie which is more than average one pays for seeing a movie at a regional cinema. The ODEON cinema has 14 screens and an IMAX screen. There is a Costa, a coffee shop, a pick and mix sweets emporium (which I specially love) and premium auditorium which includes an exclusive bar and VIP seats.
Updated Mar 19, 2013
Address: 14 Paradise Street, Liverpool, L1 8JF
Phone: 0871 22 44 007
As we all know, at the end of a night, many of us fancy something to eat! So, at the bottom of Slater Street (nearest Republik), you will find a Subway, Pizza place, a newsagents (type shop) and a chippy.
Also, taxi's stop further along the road.
Updated Aug 23, 2012
Concert Square is one of the areas to be in Liverpool. Concert Square is literally a square of clubs and bars with a huge seating area. You can grab a seat and table, a drink from any bar/club you choose and listen ti the music from the bar/club you're sitting nearest to!!
We enjoyed it here. You can also hear yourself talking!
If you're a people watcher, this place is great!!!
If you're not sure where you are going, any taxi driver will take you as close as possible (with one-way systems it's not possible to drive you into the Square itself).
Written Aug 23, 2012
Address: L1 4NR
This place was buzzing!
We didn't have to queue for long for a drink (which again, were reasonably priced) and managed to find a spot to sit down (which is very important when you're wearing heels!). They have offers on drinks and I loved the atmosphere in here.
We spent some time in here then got another drink and went out to soak up the atmophere in the seating area outside.
The staff were friendly, and the toilets were clean (and well stocked). The usual with bouncers on the doors and keeping everything fun!
If it's a night in here you want, then you can also book a booth in advance.
Dress Code: No trainers (sneakers), jeans, t-shirts.
Written Aug 23, 2012
Address: 2 Concert Square. Liverpool L1 4NR
Phone: 0151 709 8832
Hmmmm, well . . . . interesting is the word I've finally decided to use!
It's a basement club with very low ceiling. It's rather dark and has incense burning and a weird feeling atmosphere (in my opinion obviously).
The music was R 'n' B and the bar prices are acceptable. The place seemed clean, and there were a few people in there.
It has places for you to sit down and a small dancefloor.
I have to admit that we only stayed for one quick drink and moved on to a different place, none of us were enjoying the feel of the club. But, hey! That was us, you may enjoy this club.
Dress Code: Smart, no trainers (trainers), t-shirts
Updated Aug 23, 2012
Address: 18-22 Wood Street Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4AQ
Phone: 0151 707 1933
We went in here at the beginning of our night out on the groundfloor level. It was quiet as it was early (to be in a club!), but we had a great hour here! The music was good and the bar was next to us with offers on their very own cocktail creations.
We came back later on in the evening (or was it technically morning?! I lost track of time!) and went into the club downstairs.
There is a cover charge to enter (£4 - August 2012). There is a dance floor, large bar and booths with tables.
Some booths are for anybody, and some are for hire.
The bar serves branded alcohol and is reasonably priced (cheap compared to Manchester!).
The toilets are clean and well kept most of the night. There is a toilet attendant that has perfumes for you to use for a cost (not specified-just what you think it should be).
As you pay to enter the club, you are stamped. Don't wash this off if you want to re-enter the club the same night - this includes going outside for a smoke then coming back in.
The DJ was good, enjoyed having a dance and also enjoyed that fact that I could sit down when I wanted to!!!
The staff are 'on the ball' with spillages, so they get cleaned up quickly and no sticky floors.
The atmosphere was great and we all had a good time in here.
There are bouncers on the door, and they are friendly.
Dress Code: No jeans, trainers (sneakers), t-shirts.
Updated Aug 22, 2012
Address: 6-10 Slater Street, Liverpool, Merseyside L1 4BS
Phone: 0151 703 0618
This was the first club we went into and it was really quiet. There was a member of staff outside enticing people in with a free shot - so we though 'what the hell!' and went in.
We stayed for a couple of drinks, sat down, the music was OK.
I couldn't really get a feel of the place as it was our first stop and we were out at 8.30pm, so were out very early in club world!
I can say that the bar staff were nice, there were some offers on drinks (normal price much cheaper than Manchester), the toilets were clean, there were places to sit and stand, and it also has an upstairs.
We paid no cover charge. Could have a plesent conversation with the bouncers on the door.
Dress Code: No jeans, t-shirts or trainers (sneakers).
Written Aug 22, 2012
Address: 66 Bold Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 4HR
Phone: 07513 219 946
Large Victorian pile of a pub, located at the intersection of Hardiman and Hope Streets, across from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, hence its name. Built between 1898 and 1900, the Dining Rooms are in the style of classic gentleman's clubs of the time - but it is open to all! A Liverpool institution for many generation, the Philharmonic contains several attractive large and small drinking rooms and a large well-preserved circular bar. Handsome colored glass and intricate tiles on the woodwork and on the floors further add artistic interest.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 36 Hope Street
Although this is not the "original" Cavern Club - it kinda is. It was closed in 1973 (due to construction in the Merseyside Rail) - then reopened in 1984 by Liverpool FC defender Tommy Smith. He rebuilt it using most of the old bricks from the original club. Then it closed again, just 5 years later under financial stress. In 1991 - it reopened, again, and has not closed it's doors yet.
The club is famous for being the place that Epstein discovered The Beatles' - already famous in Germany - and Liverpudlians thought they were a German band. From 1961-63, they played almost 300 gigs at The Cavern Club.
It is still a live music venue, as well as a touristy spot.
Dress Code: None.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
Address: 10 Mathew Street
Phone: + 44 (0)151 236 1965
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