Lantern Theatre Liverpool

What's on

5th and 6th March
- Broken Biscuits

Back by popular demand, Broken Biscuits returns to the Lantern.

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A tale of two best friends whose friendship has spanned over 20 years until Rita’s son James took a fatal bullet in Afghanistan saving Maggie’s son Paul.

Rita and Maggie were more like sisters until this devastating tragedy shattered both their lives and their friendship, with emotions high things may be taking a turn for the worst.

Maggie is desperate to save the friendship but doesn’t realise Rita just wants to die. A packet of ginger nuts and a cuppa tea may not be enough to resolve this situation, can Maggie save the friendship and Rita.

Friendship, Love, laughter, sadness and hope are all at the centre of this touching story along with the devastating long term effects that war has on everyone not just those on the battlefield.

Voted number on  in Madeup Liverpool’s “Best of the year 2014″ and winner of Studio Theatre Awards “Best Actor” for Gillian Hardy’s ‘Maggie’ this show is a must see.


7th March

The Sounds of Simon is a tribute to the wonderful music of Simon and Garfunkel. The Old Friends Duo tour is how the songs are meant to be: just two voices and one guitar. This is the music of Simon and Garfunkel up close and intimate.


Relive the classics, from Mrs Robinson, to Homeward Bound, as well as some rarely heard songs like A Most Peculiar Man, and A Poem on the Underground Wall. Paul Simon is a wonderful songwriter and this is your chance to hear these songs as they were originally performed.

Paul and Art are played to perfection, bringing in elements of their famously fractious relationship, as well as replicating the beautiful harmonies flawlessly. This is a wonderful show filled with excellent music, nostalgia, and a genuine love for some great musicians.

“Ben is something of an expert on Paul Simon.”  – BBC The One Show

“A world class act.” – The Hinckley Times

“The lead singers have excellent diction, wonderfully balanced harmonies and above all a friendly approach to audience contact. What a treat to listen to live sound with perfect volume.” The Melton Times.

“A musical feast for anyone who loves the songs of Paul Simon.” –Chris Lloyd (Talon)

“Our own Simon and Garfunkel.”  – Musician Records

“Their harmonies were spot on.” – The Outsider



11th March
- Matchbox Comedy Club

Matchbox Comedy Club presents a monthly line up of “outside of the box” funny.


Matchbox Comedy Club presents a monthly line up of “outside of the box” funny. Every single one of the acts on our bill comes with our personal recommendation. Like an overexcited psychopath child with a butterfly collection, we’ve stuffed a bunch of our favourite comedy people into a matchbox and put them on display. It’s a carefully curated living museum of funny.

It’s “alternative” whatever that means, so sometimes it might be odd, shambolic and gorgeously inexplicable. There’ll be sketch troupes, double acts, songs, clowning, stand ups and sometimes even jokes. It’s also new material so it’s delightfully rough around the edges, treading the fine line between genius and disaster.

Come and be part of our club.

“Wonderfully diverse… fabulously different” Giggle Beats

Our line up includes:

Steve Bugeja

 Stylish and original stand up comedy from a charismatic young act with an electric stage presence. Winner of the BBC New Comedy Award 2013, we have him pegged as a star of the future. He’s played the prestigious Comedy Zone in Edinburgh and supported Russell Kane on tour – now he comes to Matchbox Comedy Club!

“Bugeja has an eye for original comic detail that’s all his own, he not only mines big laughs from this, but also an unexpected amount of gentle pathos.” – The Guardian

 “sparky, charismatic, likeable. Young, but a natural comic. ‘One to watch’ certainly.” – London Is Funny


Sam & Tom!

 The duo formerly trio’d in Staple/face – winners of ‘So You Think That’s Funny?’ Best New Sketch Act 2013. Anarchic, chaotic and silly, sort-of-sketch comedy from Sam Nicoresti and Tom Burgess.

“Different and exciting… electric energy” Forge Today

“I set fire to a shed once” – Sam Nicoresti [courtesy of THAT Comedy Blog]


Top Joe

Bewildered Welshman Joe has a high-vis jacket and a sense of existential angst. Theatrical character comedy with punch.


Helen Keeler

 Cynical stand up comedy, witty anecdotes with edge and wry observations from one of our favourite acts on the Liverpool circuit.


12th and 13th March
- Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes…


Following the success of Romeo & Juliet (2014) and Othello (2013), award winning Black Box Theatre Company returns to the Lantern Theatre with a bold and exciting new production of Shakespeare’s darkest and most powerful tragedy – Macbeth.


This radical reimagining of the Scottish play is suitable for both school and general public audiences and utilises the original text in a bold reimagining of Shakespeare’s chilling tale of desire, ambition, and the supernatural.


Acclaimed as one of the most dynamic theatre companies in the UK, Black Box’s reputation for punchy and vibrant productions of contemporary and classic theatre continues to grow.


16th and 17th March
- Too High, Too Far, Too Soon

‘There’s a fine line between fantasy and reality. Problem is, I snorted it.’

Festival frolics, backstage antics, cans of lager and enough chemicals for a pharmaceuticals factory. Featuring a deft mix of theatre and comedy, TOO HIGH, TOO FAR, TOO SOON generates a powerful transformative energy. Based on his acclaimed memoir, We follow Simon Mason on a tragic, hilarious and ultimately hopeful journey into the heart of drug addiction that becomes a universal call to wake up, surrender the past and confront the truth that lies at the heart of all our stories.


Adapted for stage by Cathy Sloan. Performed by Simon Mason.


The book was chosen by Norman Baker, Minister of State for Crime Prevention as his favourite from the top 50 books on drugs and addiction.
‘Nothing’s more boring than a drugs memoir. Not this one though… - Irvine Welsh


‘A remarkable memoir’ Evening Standard


‘..a happy meeting of emotional and intellectual engagement.…Raw, with Simon Mason utterly compelling and sympathetic as a performer’ – Theatre Bubble *****



Outside Edge Theatre is about changing the lives of people affected by substance misuse through theatre and performance. Through our work we support people affected by chemical addiction to reach and recognise their potential, find an identity and build skills and confidence in order to support recovery at all stages.


19th - 21st March
- Dracula

Liverpool Network Theatre present: Dracula

The time is 1897 and the world is on the verge of scientific, technological and media innovations.

When Jonathan Harker visits Transylvania to conclude a land transaction with the mysterious Count Dracula he makes horrifying discoveries about the Count which threaten the safety of everyone he holds dear back in England. This ultimately leads to a nightmarish struggle to survive. Adapted by Faye Christiansen, Directed by Elaine Stewart and performed by an ensemble cast we present a dark, sensual, spine-tingling dramatization of one of the greatest horror stories ever told….The ‘MASTER’ is coming!


25th March
- Woodchip Anaglypta and Nicotined Artex Ceilings

Winner of best spoken word award Greater Manchester Fringe 2014

Lovely stuff, touches heart strings and the odd raw nerve – Johnny Vegas

JB reading book

Salford performance poet JB Barrington is bringing his award winning show ‘Woodchip Anaglypta and Nicotined Artex Ceilings’ to the Lantern Theatre in Liverpool on Wednesday 25th March 2015. He is awe-inspiring with quick-witted comical rhymes and his poems are about portraying life as it truly is, through the eyes of the working class. His show has been referred to as a ‘rollercoaster of emotions’

JB’s show sold out in July this year at the Greater Manchester Fringe then later won the ‘Best Spoken Word Award’ beating a whole host of poetry talent and Phill Jupitus.

Here’s what just some have had to say about JB:

“Lovely stuff, touches heart strings and the odd raw nerve” – Johnny Vegas

“Brilliant and funny” – Terry Christian

“This is a show that everyone walks away from with a smile” – Greater Manchester Fringe

“His poems are about everyday life, love and, occasionally, anger” – Salford Star

“Quality” – Peter Hooton




26th March
- Merseyside Academy of Drama MAD Showcase

Merseyside Academy of Drama presents their end of term showcase with work from advanced and intermediate acting and musical theatre students

Merseyside Academy of Drama offers classes and courses in acting and communication skills for adults of all ages and experience levels. Classes include acting, musical theatre, acting for camera and public speaking and are designed to help you to learn valuable skills while having fun.


2nd and 3rd April
- Sweats

Sweats by Wes Williams – come and join the boys in the steam heat. Contains strong language, scenes of an adult nature and full frontal nudity.


Grin Theatre Company, Liverpool’s very own LGBT theatre company are pleased to bring back the Queertet smash hit Sweats. Originally performed at the Lantern Theatre 3 years ago, the return of this perfect gay rom-com has been fully revised and extended into a full length play. Set in a seedy sauna somewhere in a northern town, we follow the stories of the men who work in and frequent the establishment that is Sweats Exclusive Sauna. There’s Marty who is the manager of Sweats and she isn’t taking any prisoners, there’s Tommy and Eddie best mates, Sam who dreams of a life outside the steam and Calvin who is hunting for passion and maybe more.

A startling, frank and raw comedy drama which contains very strong language throughout, full frontal male nudity, some drug references and scenes of an adult nature. strictly no admittance to under 18’s.


4th and 5th April
- The Bastard Queen

The Bastard Queen is a pitch-black comedy which follows the survival of the last five people on the planet after the apocalypse.

Everything is gone. Everyone. Four lone survivors, banded together by uncertain events struggle through life – or what is left of it. Then on a day as bleak as any other, a stranger arrives from the nothingness and disturbs the fragile balance of the group. Each member is forced to face themselves, each other, and overwhelming events that ensue. Albeit with the aid of umbrellas and shoes.

The play is littered with witty musings, laugh-out-loud comedy, and even touching, human moments. This emotionally dynamic production tackles topics ranging from what defines being ‘up’ in the morning, to starvation, to personal intimacy, all with a comical twist.  Co-written with Jemma Lynch and directed by Mikee Dickinson, this production will push the boundaries of black comedy. With Mikee and Jemma’s unique writing, and performances from a talented cast, including Nick Fraser (Illumination and They Shoot Dogs), Jemma Lynch, Megan Bond, Winston Branche and Kate Brady. Additional technical and art work also by Steven Yates and Tom Lyth.

‘The end’ is catching up with them, and with only their imaginations, endless rubbish and a grail-like find to entertain them, they decide to look at the brighter side of things, after all, it’s only the end of the world.

“An incredibly well acted free form play with punchy and funny dialogue and a great soundtrack and set. A very worthy joint winner of our Edinburgh Award 2014″. – Michael Brazier – NSDF CEO


8th April
- Matchbox Comedy Club April

Matchbox Comedy Club presents a monthly line up of “outside the box” funny.


Every single one of the acts on the bill comes with our personal recommendation. Like an overexcited psychopathic child with a butterfly collection, we have stuffed a bunch of our favourite comedy people into a matchbox and put them on display. It’s a carefully curated living museum of funny.

It’s “alternative” whatever that means, so some times it might be odd, shambolic and gorgeously inexplicable. there will be sketch troupes, double acts, songs, clowning, stand up’s  and sometimes even jokes.

Its new material so its delightfully rough around the edges, treading the fine line between genius and disaster.

Come and be a part of our club.


16th and 17th April
- Benefit

Three people and their everyday struggles with their sense of self. A story about lives, loves, victories, and the social systems we depend upon.

Three interwoven stories unlock the frustrations and passions of characters struggling with their bank balances, their histories and their own sense of self. A coup in a foreign country half a century ago, a disability that leaves a person speechless, and a sex addiction that’s destroying a relationship link three characters in a carefully crafted story about lives and loves and the social systems they have come to depend upon. What is left to lose? What is left to gain? And when will equality and justice truly be served?


This production uses forum theatre, a type of interactive theatre which empowers the audience to change the action of the play. You will have the opportunity to debate, disagree and even participate in the show.


Cardboard Citizens is one of the world’s leading practitioners of forum theatre, bringing together diverse audiences in a variety of contexts. The Company has been making life-changing theatre with homeless and marginalised people for over twenty years.

“Cardboard Citizens is a theatre company that must surely rank as being amongst the most genuinely life changing in the uk”

What’s On Stage


21st - 26th April
- No Second Bite

A premiere presentation which has been described as the ‘Liverbirds on Acid’ and produced by Jaiden Micheal this adult comedy is for over 18s ONLY.

Angie and Bella are single and share a flat in a house presided over by their very odd landlordWeena whose sexuality is a matter for continued debate. Both women hold a long cherished desire for motherhood. Unfortunately Bella is very nearly past her sell-by-date and the years have not been kind. As a result she lacks the confidence to track down a suitable mate. Angie however has ovarian time on her side and encounters few problems in attracting male bed buddies but the prospect of any suitable knight in shining armour riding to her maternal rescue is slight. It appears that men these days seem to be taking precautions – possibly as a result of the CSA. We join them at home one evening for a girls-night-in full of pizza, chocs, wine and a bout of men bashing when both their lives take wholly surprising turns as unexpected guests come knocking.

This premiere presentation is produced by Jaiden Micheal & Karen Struel-White written by Belvedere Pashun (WAG The Musical, Norma Jeane The Musical) and stars Lynne Fitzgerald & Charlie Griffiths as Bella and Angie. Show website No Second Bite


30th April
- Muscovado

A new play about slavery in 19th Century Barbados, combining sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension

 ‘How come the cane taste so sweet, yet feasts on my blood?’

 Muscovado is the scorching new play by Matilda Ibini about slavery in Nineteenth Century Barbados. A heady mix of sexual intrigue, piercing choral music and extreme racial tension, Muscovado provides an unflinching portrayal of life on a sugar plantation in 1808, accompanied by an original musical score and atmospheric soundscape performed live.                                                                                                                      Muscovado will be touring to theatres and site-specific venues around the UK in 2015.

Really powerful” – BBC Radio 1

“A truly visceral experience. The sweat dripping from the bodies of the actors, confessions in candlelight and sacred song combine with some great writing from a promising future playwright.” **** British Theatre Guide

 “Stirring. This isn’t theatre for the faint-hearted – it’s gruelling stuff. Go if you can.” **** –

 “Compelling. A passionate piece of work. It is a necessary and daring insight into history that though should never be forgotten and should never be repeated. Go and see it!” – Ronke Lawal, Afridiziak




8th May
- Canadian indie Folk artist Tia McGraff

“Tia McGraff has developed into a clever and mature tune smith capable of reaching miles beyond the average folk-country singer-songwriter “
Alan Cackett (Maverick Magazine: UK)

Described as having “a voice stolen from angels” and “the modern day-female Gordon Lightfoot”, internationally acclaimed Tia McGraff is excited to be performing at The Lantern Theatre, along with musical and life partner Tommy Parham.

Described as having “a voice stolen from angels”, Tia McGraff first stepped into the international spotlight on a CBC TV special with Johnny Cash and June Carter. Johnny was so impressed with Tia, he invited her into June’s dressing room to introduce the two. Johnny Cash wasn’t the only one who recognized a shining star! Soon heavy weights like Randy Bachman (BTO), Dan Hill (Celine Dion), Andrew Gold, Mark Slaughter, and countless others, were inviting Tia to write and record with them.
Every songwriter’s dream is to make it in Nashville, and Tia soon found herself moving there to further her passion and craft. It was in Music City, USA, that this Canadian songstress met Colorado native, Tommy Parham (Lee Greenwood’s “Rocks You Can’t Move”.
Together, they have a passion for song writing “outside the box”. They celebrate numerous film/TV placements, including Ashley Judd’s “Come Early Morning”, and their song “All Of Us”, which was used in an Australian TV commercial promoting multiculturalism was also used in a video on World Youth Day in Sydney.


12th - 15th May
- Cremona Corner presents ‘Two’ by Jim Cartright.

‘Two’ by Jim Cartwright. A dark comedy about a local boozer with a cocktail of memorable characters that you won’t forget! Suberbly written, Cremona Corner theatre company presents this piece shaken, stirred and everything in between. With ice and a slice of the perfect night at the theatre.

Ever wondered who some of your fellow boozers really are?? In ‘Two’ we invite you for a night down the local where you will get to know some of the regulars…or irregulars, which may be more apt in this instance. There are more than  fourteen characters to get to know, all played by two actors. So come and join the Landlord and Landlady as your hosts of an eventful evening which could turn out to be funny, frightening, eye opening, moving and sometimes just downright daft! Just another Friday night eh….or Is it??


22nd May
- Phil Buckleys Big Idea

Have you ever had a great idea? Phil hasn’t. A show that may teach you a thing or two, but probably won’t. “Top-class” – Time Out

Phil Buckley

Have you ever had an earth shatteringly good idea? Phil Buckley hasn’t. After meeting a teenage boy who may have changed the world, Phil has decided to turn his life around and make his mark on the world.


Phil has been performing stand-up since 2003 with shows in the UK, Australia, New Zealand & America. His TV credits include ‘Stand-Up Jenny’ (ITV), ‘Glee Time (ITV), ‘City Life’ (Channel M) and was interviewed about his shows on ‘Look North’ (BBC1) and ‘Breakfast show’ (Channel M).


Back on the road by popular demand, Phil is taking his brand new show around the UK. Listen as multi award nominated comedian Phil Buckley tries to turn himself from an idiot to a genius by unorthodox methods. Filled with hilarious observations, anecdotes and unashamed jokes, this show may teach you a thing or two, but probably won’t.


*****“Elevating the silly and ridiculous to brilliant comic art” –  The Skinny


**** “Downright hilarious. Interspersed with some savvy observations” – Three Weeks


“The best example of comedy timing I have seen this year” – The Scotsman


26th - 30th May
- Soweto Choir

With their unique all singing, all dancing performances the choir completely captivate; by the end audiences are left breathless, often deeply moved.

With their unique all singing, all dancing performances the choir
completely captivate; by the end audiences are left breathless, often
deeply moved.


3rd June
- The Songs of Leonard Cohen

Keith James in Concert

Each song stripped back – desolate and sensual

Enigmatic, mysterious and sub textural, songwriter Leonard Cohen is an unflinching character, with an exact sense of prose, a wry humour and courage to wrestle with unspoken human frailty.

Keith James, with an undying love of the ‘pure song’ gives you a concert of this amazing material in his intimate and sensitive style, exposing the solitary inner strength of Cohen’s greatest songs in their original perfect form.              



‘Some of the most atmospheric and emotive music you will ever hear’  The Independent


18th June
- Claude Bourbon Medieval and Spanish Blues

Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian stylings into uncharted territories. Each year Bourbon plays more than 100 shows around the world.

Claude Bourbon 4bis

Claude has played countless venues, including Glastonbury Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Colne Great British & Blues Festival, Rock O’Z Arene, Avenches, Switzerland, among others. He has shared the stage in Europe and the USA with countless musicians, Calvin Russel, Charlie Morgan (Elton John, Gary Moore), Jan Akkerman (Focus), Steve Grossman (Miles Davis), Herbie Armstrong ( Van Morisson), Jose barrense Dias and many more.


Now based in the UK, some of this guitarists’ influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician; Paco De Lucia: Deep Purple’s Richie Blackmore; Joaquin Rodrigo; JJ Cale, Monty Python; JS Bach and Fleetwood Mac’s Stevie Nicks….


One reviewer even noted that although “Claude’s roots were in blues, that is like saying Leonardo da Vinci was a painter”.  Intrigued ?


Experience an evening of exploration in the unique ambiance of the Thumb !



“… not a same ole same ole gig…”



“ Claude Bourbon is a unique figure today… his playing is almost indescribable“ – The Hook, Charlottesville, USA


“Never heard anyone get that much beautiful sound out of a J-45″, Bob, Tucson, AZ


“Do you know what Medieval guitar sounds like? I didn’t either ‘til I hooked up with Claude! This is some cool stuff, and he’s French and everything!” Dolores River Brewery, Dolores, CO


“A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso…”Altadena News, USA”


“…This accomplished artist offers tender, compelling performance through highly developed precision. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz, Claude Bourbon provides both a rich evening of music for lovers, and a real treat for music lovers…”, BBC, UK



27th June
- Lightspeed

Told in reverse order Lightspeed follows the relationship of Emma and Charlie – falling into each others ideological fantasies and unrealistic realities.

The award winning Organised Chaos Productions bring their latest production to Liverpool.

Lightspeed is told in reverse order. Emma and Charlie’s paths cross one day. She leads him to believe that she is besotted with the idea of date and love and him. He is sceptical yet intrigued by her mystery. Emma however is playing a game and never truly reveals her feelings. The roles then reverse and Charlie becomes the very character that Emma portrays in the beginning. He falls into her trap of ideological fantasies and unrealistic realities.


30th June
- Merseyside Academy of Drama Showcase

Merseyside Academy of Drama presents their end of term showcase with work from advanced and intermediate acting and musical theatre students

Merseyside Academy of Drama offers classes and courses in acting and communication skills for adults of all ages and experience levels. Classes include acting, musical theatre, acting for camera and public speaking and are designed to help you to learn valuable skills while having fun.


27th July - 2nd August
- Shiny New Festival Multipass

Shiny New Festival returns for 2015 with another impressive lineup of theatre, comedy and more.

Shiny New Festival 2015

Bursting in to it’s 4th year Shiny New Festival 2015 promises to be it’s best year yet. With a line up that will leave Liverpool’s fringe fans crying out for more this year will also see the inclusion of music in to the festivals lineup with a range of local vocal talents taking to the stage for a post performance party each evening.

Grab your advanced Shiny New Festival Multi-pass for the evening of your choice or for the full week and make huge savings.

Lineup TBA



12th December
- Henry Priestman

“It’s absolutely brilliant…..he’s found his voice!” Bob Harris, BBC
Radio 2

Henry’s Lantern Theatre Christmas Show 2014 was a huge success, and
sold out 3 months before the gig, so be quick to snap up tickets for
this, his “2nd Annual Lantern Theatre (vaguely) Christmas Show”

In 2009 Henry (who wrote all those hits for The Christians in the 80’s,
and Yachts’ songs in the 70’s) reinvented himself as a
singer-songwriter, and released his debut solo CD “The Chronicles of
Modern Life” to critical acclaim. And in 2014 the follow-up album “The
Last Mad Surge of Youth” brought forth even more 4 star reviews.
UnCut: 8/10 “…compares favourably to Ray Davies. These are
heart-warming self-assured songs from a man confidently declaring that
he’s not done yet”


Become a friend
- Round of Applause Tier

We get by with a little help from our friends


With no public subsidy, we rely heavily on the support of our generous friends, and for just £4 a month, you too can get involved! And of course, we will return the favor by providing you with a bunch of offers and fantastic opportunities you won’t want to miss out on!

As a friend of the Lantern you will receive an annual membership card entitling you to

• Priority ticket booking.

• Exclusive email bulletins, keeping you ahead of the curve with what’s new at Lantern Liverpool

• 2 complimentary tickets to all in house Lantern Theatre productions (inc. Shiny New Productions)

• 10% discount on all drink purchases at LTL Bar

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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 mother and daughter combination, Margaret Connell and Siobhan Noble, 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 Noble

Siobhan Noble 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, Margaret, it is no surprise that Siobhan felt ready for the challenge that is Lantern Theatre Liverpool.


Margaret Connell

Margaret Connell, 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.

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 2.45 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, snacks and ice cream 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 73. An extra row of seats at the front would give a capacity of 85. 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