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Everyman demolition date confirmed

Final curtain (if there was one) as public funding package for rebuild is secured

Published on April 5th 2011.

Everyman demolition date confirmed

THE EVERYMAN will close its doors to the general public forever on Saturday July 2 before being demolished to make way for a £28m redevelopment.

The announcement came as the Hope Street theatre confirmed that it has now secured its full public funding package.

With £16.8m from Arts Council England and £2.5m previously invested by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, a £5.9m investment from the ERDF now means that the project, described last year by Liverpool City Council Leader Joe Anderson as “a vital redevelopment for the City’s future” can proceed as planned on site in August this year with the new Everyman to open in 2013.

The last major production in the current Everyman, Macbeth, with David Morrissey and Jemma Redgrave, opens on 6 May and will now be extended by one week to Saturday 11 June due to exceptionally high demand.

The final month will also see performances from the surviving Mersey Sound poets, Roger McGough and Brian Patten (20 June), and Everyman favourites Deaf School on June 17-18.l

From mid-May onwards there will be tours of the theatre and opportunities to see and discuss the designs for the new Everyman, and throughout the redevelopment there will be regular updates as the new theatre takes shape.

The official closing date for the theatre is at the start of July and the theatres are now working with Slung Low, with whom they collaborated on last year’s Anthology of seven stories performed on and around Hope Street, to create a fitting finale to celebrate this much-loved landmark.

David Malpass, Director of the European Programme at the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), commented: “The city of Liverpool is a major tourist attraction, so ensuring that we continue to provide visitors with exciting places to visit is essential.”

Gemma Bodinetz, Artistic Director, Everyman and Playhouse Theatres said: “Saying farewell to our much loved theatre will be a profoundly moving event for all who have worked and performed here and indeed for the people of Liverpool. We hope that our planned events will honour the thousands of memories the Everyman contains but feel secure that its new incarnation will prove to be an even greater resource for our audiences, youth theatre, communities and artists of the future.”

For the remaining £2.1m project costs, the theatres have already raised over £700,000 from private trusts and foundations and the appeal for the remaining funds will begin this autumn. This will include raising a parallel fund for investment in new talent, giving supporters and donors the opportunity to ensure that future generations of talent in the city are nurtured and sustained beyond the completion of the new building.

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

Boo!April 4th 2011.

Another iconic gem bites the dust. For a fraction of the cost the beautiful Everyman could have been done up. Oh Yes It Could. Instead we have these little Empire Builders who can't wait to destroy more of our heritage. Shame on you all.
I was hoping the squeeze would give a permanent stay of execution. You do really have to despair of people running arts in this city. Remember what the moronic arty people did to the lovely Bluecoat.

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AnonymousMay 18th 2011.

I completely agree. Gone is the lovely little corner cafe at the Bluecoat, with its blazing open fire in the winter, whereyou could sit by the original georgian windows and watch the world go by. Now replaced by a soulless metal and plastic monstrosity, all in the name of 'progress' Ugh!

Shaking head in dismayApril 4th 2011.

I couldn't agree more with you Boo. It's devastating for culture in Liverpool, I don't care what they say.

AnonymousApril 4th 2011.

They will live to regret this in Liverpool. Can't say that in public however, you get criticised for being "unsupportive". This lot of performers should have nothing to do with it.

HungryApril 5th 2011.

Never mind all that - what's happening to our Everyman Bistro? Please tell me there is a plan or a relocation meanwhile..?

AnonymousApril 5th 2011.

Boo has said it all. I only hope that there is someone with a bit of sense and vision involved in this. I foresee yet another standard issue glass fronted "modern" development replacing our iconic Everyman. Shame on us for letting it happen.

No-Hope StreetApril 5th 2011.

Hope Street's heartbeat these days is the ring of the cash-register rather than the raising of the theatre curtain or the scrape of artists' brushes on canvas as it used to be.

It´ll be unrecognisable in five years.

AnonymousApril 5th 2011.

@Hungry. I remember reading this, which more or less tells you what is happening to the bistro. There will be no more Everyman Bistro as you know it, just a re-creation that the London architects are creating in their new Costa Coffee-style building. I am sure it will be all very lovely, but couldn't they have built it on that Josephine Butler land and called it something else, like the New Everyman, and left the old theatre? It works with the Vic in Bristol. No vision.


AnonymousApril 5th 2011.

To all the highly paid dumb assed decision makers that run the 'Fabulous Redevelopments'.....Get your heads outta your asses....
....New doesn't necessarily mean better...
I can remember not that long ago when all theatres were faced with closure...How is it then that there is money for demolishing and rebuilding when surely the money would be better spent on developing new talent, theatre productions and plays...Isn't that the function of a theatre?....

Pop TartApril 7th 2011.

I can't live without my 4 salads and German White wine........Oh and the puddings *sigh*

ghost of rock n rollApril 8th 2011.

tragic loss for the city. No new theatre and however good it might be is worth razing this magical historic place down. Well done everyone.

Rusty SpikeApril 8th 2011.

Well, guess there'll be no fond farewell for the Everyman Theatre and the 'Bistro Kids'...just tears, wailing and a sad soft shoe shuffle. What is hugely confusing is that the heritage industry - now also run by whey-faced accountants presumably - is big business: crumbling castles, dusty old manses, veteran wooden sailing ships, tarted up former docks warehouses (ahem) but still looking their age, blah, blah. But the Everyman - and its actually not that old - and its 'inconveniences' must go to pander to the new phobia for grey, unyielding concrete and sparkly glass boxes. The current backstage facilities are crap, apparently, and it boasts a gloriously rickety and musty - yet evocative - performance place but this is surely more preferable to a building/complex (horrible word) that could resemble a smaller version of the bland Echo Arena on the riverfront. That's a lovely, welcoming joint, eh? And let's not even think about the demise of The Bistro which has been an 'ingredient' of Liverpool's cultural and gourmanding zeitgeist for what seems like 5,000 years. Boo, hoo. Liverpool - European Capital of Culture 2008. Ha!

Call BoyApril 11th 2011.

I preferred the old Hope Hall with the iron-and-glass awning beneath which THAT famous photograph of the 1974 Everyman company was taken.

Julie BrownFebruary 26th 2012.

Oh how my heart sank when i saw the pile of rubble this wonderful place had been reduced to. The atmophere in the bistro will never be matched. I for one will be boycotting the new theatre in protest and urge everyone else to do the same!! You will be sadly missed Everyman.

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AnonymousFebruary 27th 2012.

Way to go Jules, that's the pioneering spirit that will stop us all being stuck in a rut of the same old same old!

Frank lloyd wrightFebruary 27th 2012.

There was no need to knock the Bistro down. Bit like the Cavern really

Darth FormbyFebruary 27th 2012.

It had become a bit of a log pile for daring frontierist Oxbridge failures and their clagnuts though, don't you think?

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