Lantern Theatre Liverpool

What's on

9th July
- Minding Mum

A tale of dementia or a demented tale? Mum, two daughters and the entire collection of Doris Day! Bewitched, bothered and bewildered? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps……….

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13th July
- Matchbox The End?

Matchbox Comedy Club returns to the Lantern for the final time, offering up your monthly dose of carefully curated “outside the box funny” comedy. Curated and compered by Alastair Clark

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20th July
- Hotel

Part of Shiny New Festival

If only the walls of a hotel room could talk.

One room, three separate stories, strangers each with a tale to tell.

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20th July
- Lady Parts

Part of Shiny New Festival

LADY PARTS follows 3 characters as they challenge perceptions of femininity and social hierarchy, supported by a pacy soundtrack of 80s new romantic classics.

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21st July
- The Brink

Part of Shiny New Festival

No one tells you what it’s really like do they? Having a baby.”

Holly’s ready for motherhood. She’s read the books, been to classes and written her birth plan.

But what happens when things don’t go to plan….

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20th July
- The Communist Threat

Part of Shiny New Festival

Two men sent to kill a traitor, but in 1950’s Vienna nothing is as it seems. Immerse yourself in Cold War paranoia, with this critically-acclaimed thriller.

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22nd July
- Viva

Part of Shiny New Festival

From the creators of Cabaret from the Shadows, Viva!!! is an intense solo show, that is sure to leave you bewildered with excitement!

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22nd July
- Hidden Mother

Part of Shiny New Festival

In her mind Diana i a glamorous singer-raconteuse at The Former Persons’ Club, and Leon her pianist. In reality the pair are patients in a mental asylum heading for closure.

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23rd July
- The House on the Hill

Part of Shiny New Festival

An original piece written and directed by The Devil’s Company. Focusing on the genre of crime/drama and centered around two drug traffickers in the English countryside trying to get by.

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23rd July
- Undermined

This one-man show explores the humour and struggles of the minors strike through energetic and gripping storytelling with a pint and a classic soundtrack.

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21st and 23rd July
- You Boy

Part of Shiny New Festival

Two brothers, somewhere along the M62. You Boy is a lunching, kicking, crying, laughing, ball-squeezing play about love, life and death.

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24th July
- Tales That Time Forgot

Part of Shiny New Festival

This family-friendly performance celebrates the joy of reading and aims to encourage and inspire children to read for pleasure. Within the play there are appearances from well-known children’s storybook characters and original songs, which reinforce the message that reading is fun.

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24th July
- Pond Wife

Part of Shiny New Festival

In an ocean where girl power is queen, join Holly&Ted as they take you on a journey that is funny, feminist and fabulous!

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24th July
- Dirty Glitter

Part of Shiny New Festival

Award-Winning Naughty Corner Productions are back with their third show ‘Dirty Glitter’, a comedy thriller from the outrageous minds behind ‘The Bastard Queen’ and ‘Not the Horse’.

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26th July
- Brazilica Film Festival

Brazilica Film Festival: Brazilica is the UK’s only Brazilian Festival & Samba Carnival taking place annually in July in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre and is now in it’s 9th edition and growing every year. Brazilica Film Festival 2016 features films and documentaries in locations throughout Liverpool from 9th July to 6th August website: […]

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The Lantern Team

Dedicated to the development and delivery of new talent, here at Lantern Theatre Liverpool. We are committed to bringing fresh ideas to our stage and to your attention.

Lantern Theatre Liverpool is an intimate, family run venue, nestled in the heart of Liverpool’s creative playground – The Baltic Triangle. A converted warehouse on the edge of Liverpool One, Lantern Theatre Liverpool emanates a bohemian contemporaneity that makes it the perfect location for unique, ground-breaking theatre.

Founded in 2009 by ‘tiny Giants Productions’, the theatre changed hands in September 2011 when , Margaret and Siobhan , stepped in to take the reins. With a vision centred upon the support of local artists – especially those looking for their first professional platform – a new era for Lantern Theatre Liverpool began.

Since then we have received fantastic feedback from both artists and public alike and are quickly becoming an established member of the Liverpool theatre scene. In partnership with Lantern Theatre Liverpool, in-house technician Peter Mitchelson, launched Shiny New Theatre Festival in July 2012, showcasing pre Edinburgh Fringe performances. Resident theatre company, New Leaf Theatre Ensemble, offer weekly acting training for adults of all ages and ability and we are currently developing a young writers programme. Watch this space



Siobhan  is co-owner and Marketing Manager at Lantern Theatre Liverpool. Siobhan’s entrepreneurial flair began in 2008 with the launch of vintage boutique, Tatties Vintage. With over 6,000 likes on Tatties Vintage business page, it was clear that Siobhan had found her niche in marketing. Combine this with having spent the majority of her childhood in rehearsal rooms with mum, it is no surprise that Siobhan felt ready for the challenge that is Lantern Theatre Liverpool.



Margaret , co-owner and Artistic Director at Lantern Theatre Liverpool, began her career in theatre as a member of The Liverpool Playhouse Youth Arts Team. Margaret, who has a Masters in Applied Drama, has extensive experience both in higher education and in the industry. Margaret most enjoys the variety of performance and the opportunity to meet so many interesting and talented people working at a fringe venue affords.


New addition to the team but an old familiar face

New addition to the team but an old familiar face

Daniel Noble has taken the role of Events and Venue Manager at the Lantern Theatre. Daniel’s background is a mix of marketing, events and venue management and has been instrumental in upgrading the facilities at The Lantern Theatre as well as developing the versatility and helping maintain it’s place as Liverpool’s ‘number one’ fringe venue.

Get involved

Education / Outreach

Through our Education/Outreach programme Lantern Theatre Liverpool (LTL) aims to; create opportunities for people to engage in participatory arts projects, engage and empower people and communities, create professional development opportunities for local artists, promote the value of diversity and inclusion and to maximize the value of project legacies.

School workshops
LTL provides drama based workshops for schools, pupils and teachers, delivered here or in your school at very competitive prices. Contact for details.

Summer Schools
please check back and follow us on facebook and twitter for further information.

New Leaf Theatre Ensemble
Always wanted to act? Weekly acting training for adults, all ages and levels of experience welcome. Led by Esther Dix, Actor/Director and LIPA graduate. Contact for details.

Writer’s Forum
LTL aims to provide a base for young and aspiring writers, local to and studying in Liverpool. Contact for details.

Front of House Volunteers
We are always looking for friendly committed volunteers to support our front of house team. Contact for details.

Ambassador Scheme

Running since 2012, Lantern Theatre Ambassador Scheme gives those who are wishing to gain industry experience, just that. Successful ambassador candidates must commit to a three month scheme, offering 10 hours each week, with roles including Box Office, front of house, marketing and promotion, administration and venue preparation. In return for the commitment shown ambassadors will benefit from; free entry to performances, when performing box-office duties, discounted tickets to all performances. networking opportunities, skill development, CV enhancement and references for future jobs, plus, 10% off drinks at Lantern Theatre Bar. Ambassadors will also be given the opportunity to shadow a range of industry jobs including, writers, producers, directors, marketing, fundraising, arts admin, event organisation and administration. This will build a strong portfolio for successful ambassadors and set them on the path to professional employment.

Become an Ambassador
Potential Ambassador’s must supply, a current CV as well as a proposal in no more than 400 words outlining what they anticipate the role to be, what they would like to gain from the role, ways in which they would promote The Lantern and any additional skills that they may have. Email

Download the Ambassador PDF for more info

Support Us

I Get by with a Little Help from my Friends…

Become a friend of Lantern Theatre Liverpool today. LTL is dedicated to the delivery and development of ground breaking theatre; committed to bringing fresh talent to our stage and to your attention. However, with no public subsidy, we rely heavily on the support of our Friends and for as little as £4 a month, you too can get involved and begin to play your part…

Just like any true friendship, we promise our relationship will be mutually beneficial!


Venue hire

‘You know how it is with venues: most make you happy to be there; a rare few make you feel there is nowhere else you would rather spend the evening. So it is at the small but perfectly set-up Lantern’ The Observer

The Lantern Theatre is an open plan, modular space that can be used for a variety of different events, theatre, music and comedy. It’s current configuration is for theatre but can easily be changed to suit the needs of your event. The size and shape of the venue gives a level of intimacy that audience members will love.

The performance space is roughly 6.5 x 6.5 meter with two sets of curtains at the rear of the space to enable crossovers. The lighting facilities in the theatre are limited due to the size of the space and are rigged at the front and sides only. Our technicians will also be on hand to make any slight adjustments, dependent on your needs. The space does have some height restriction and cannot support sets in excess of 2.00 meters, we therefore strongly advise that you view the venue before making a booking.

The back stage and dressing room area is relatively compact but can easily accommodate a cast of 10 – 15.

The Lantern Theatre has a fully licensed bar serving drinks and bar snacks before, during the interval and after the performances. The bar will be staffed at all times and also serves as the box office for members of the public who wish to purchase their tickets on the day of the performance. Audience members are advised to arrive 15 – 30 minutes before the event begins. The venue has a capacity 100 maximum. Staff and cast members are included in this and should, therefore, be factored in.

The configuration of seating that you currently see in the plan has the capacity for an audience of 75.

For special events like music or comedy nights the seating can be moved to allow for tables and chairs and a small stage. There is also a goods lift which can be used to transport set/costumes, however it must be supervised by our staff at all times.

Bar hire

The recently renovated Lantern Theatre Bar is an inviting candlelit hub of creativity, where theatregoers can mingle with cast and creatives for post performance chats in an intimate setting. Reasonably priced drinks in a unique space only add to the character of this fringe venue. Turn off your Instagram filter; Lantern Theatre Bar has a natural glow of its own.

As well as for post theatre drinks LTL Bar is available to hire for private functions and lends itself to a variety of occasions. Be it birthday party, baby shower or a simple friendly get together, it is the perfect venue. Catering facilities are available as well as a range entertainment. Call today to discuss party packages.

Contact Us

01517 030 000

Inside Out Arts CIC
Company Number 7750494
The Lantern Theatre
57 Blundell Street
Liverpool L1 0AJ