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A new Everyman for Hope Street

First picture of new look Bistro, Twelfth Night, and March 1 opening party

Published on November 19th 2013.

A new Everyman for Hope Street

SINGER and former studio boss Thomas Lang was confirmed as the new Everyman's director of food and beverages, among a raft of announcements made today by the Hope Street theatre's supremos. 

Everyman and Playhouse Artistic Director Gemma Bodinetz and Executive Director Deborah Aydon staged a press call at the Hope Street Hotel in which they revealed that the “naughty” new theatre would open on Saturday March 1 with Lights Up, a parade produced by Liverpool Lantern Company and Walk The Plank. 

Matthew KellyMatthew KellyThe following day (Sunday March 2), people will get their first chance to inspect the space in a week-long “housewarming” before the first production – Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, gets under way on March 8, starring 1974 rep company members Matthew Kelly and Neil Woodeson, along with Neil Caple, Pauline Daniels and panto dame Adam Keast. 

Gemma Bodinetz’s production "blends the Everyman’s rebellious history with Twelfth Night’s themes of a night of misrule and naughtiness as a host of mismatched lovers and fools search for their own happy endings".

It will be followed by a newly commissioned piece of Liverpool writing, Hope Place, by Michael Wynne who penned the BBC TV comedy Being Eileen. 


David Greig’s Edinburgh Fringe First Award-winning The Events will visit the city for a week, involving six local community choirs.

The season will round off with a world première co-production with Cornwall-based Kneehigh theatre company on a new Beggar’s Opera titled Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs). 

Everyman Bistro %28C%29 Steve AlandThe new Everyman Bistro: Pic Steve Aland

Gemma Bodinetz said: “The Everyman has historically been a theatre that has represented the renegade and generous spirit of this city. It has held its arms wide open for the broadest section of humanity. It has always been fearless. It has always had a twinkle in its eye. When choosing the productions for this inaugural season I wanted plays that expressed these qualities; rebellious stories infused with wit and love.  Stories for everyone that each in their different ways  celebrate individualism.” 

1-Img_1970Gemma Bodinetz: 'The Everyman
 has always been fearless'
The old Everyman and the independently owned and run Bistro occupied the Victorian former Hope Hall. They were demolished in 2011 to make way for a new theatre which promises improved facilities for actors, production companies and audiences. 

The new build, costing £27m, including £17m from the National Lottery and £1.9m from private funding bodies, will include a lighting gantry with disabled access, a lorry-accessible get-in bay. 

Around 25,000 bricks from the old Hope Hall have been used in the construction. 


The new-look Bistro will be owned by the theatre and profits ploughed back into the programme. It is one of three bar spaces operated by national catering company Baxter Storey who have appointed former 3345 owner Tom Lang to the operations role. 

Everyman Company 1974-75 - Photo By Liverpool Daily Post And EchoEveryman Company 1974-75
- Photo By Liverpool
Daily Post And Echo
“After ten years’ planning and two years’ construction we are thrilled to be able to announce the Everyman’s reawakening,” said Deborah Aydon. “We have a very busy few months ahead, getting ready for that extraordinary moment when the people of Liverpool can take possession of their beautiful new theatre.”

There does, however, remain a £350,000 shortfall in the public appeal funding, which is earmarked for a special Talent Fund, a writers' room and a new rehearsal space to be used by community groups and the Young Everyman Playhouse which is currently housed next door in the Annex.

A theatre spokesman told Liverpool Confidential: “The Everyone For The Everyman appeal has received over 1,000 donations and will continue to play an important part in reaching the final fundraising target, while we are also in discussion with trusts and private individuals capable of making significant contributions.”

11 Mar 2013 %28#3%29The new theatre takes shape

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8 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 20th 2013.

Excellent news, even more exciting now that we are seeing the almost completed theatre/bistro...really looking forward to the opening, especially with Thomas Lang involved in the bistro...

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AnonymousNovember 20th 2013.

Didn't mean to post as anonymous, it just defaulted...Pat O'Neill

Stage Door JohnnyNovember 22nd 2013.

A pity the new 'Bistro' looks like an East German theatre foyer c. 1980 in the photograph. I suppose it will be furnished with horrible but expensive steel and plastic chairs that are both noisy and uncomfortable?

Stephanie LengNovember 23rd 2013.

The bistro looks a bit like standing room only. Were has the cosiness of old gone? Or is this an unfurnished take? And re the front - seems some changes have been implemented re the original architect's spec

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Town BoyNovember 24th 2013.

Hear hear! Bare brick is SO last-century...

AnonymousNovember 29th 2013.

It looks like somewhere that old cars go to be crushed.

AnonymousNovember 29th 2013.

T.S. Eliot! Fritz Laing! Cubism! The Surrealist Movement! Situationists! Wilfred Owen! Thomas Mann! James Joyce! The Tate Modern!

Les RoutiersApril 6th 2014.

Is the food in the new Everyman Bistro as bad (and pricy)as nearly all the Trip Advisor reviewers say? The only favourable ones either can't spell or think that the bare brick tomb is an improvement(!), is "bright"(!!) or "poshed up"(!!!). The service sounds terrible too.

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