“ Lime Street, Liverpool, Liverpool, L1 1JE. „
I went to the Liverpool Empire on Saturday to watch Cinderella on Ice. It was absolutely fantastic. From start to finish the performance consisted of amazing stunts incorporated into the story of Cinderella. The cast were from all over Europe, most being championship winners from their relevant countries. It was unbelieveable how they could fill a small area with ice and the show not be comparised in any way. The outfits worn by the performers were outstanding. We were sat very near to the front and it was cold, especially at the start of the show and then after the interval - it was freezing. This performance of Cinderella on Ice is only being performed at the Liverpool Empire and in London. If you got the chance I would definately recommend it to anybody - however, I don't know how much the tickets were as they were a present. I think the show was believeable in the context of the story, their were no words, just music and facial expression, words were not needed. The performers skated so gracefully and really didmake the show believeable - words were not needed. I watch Dancing on Ice when the wife has it on and even she said she has seen nothing like Cinderella by any other professional skater before. Their was something similiar to the head-banger. There were ladies being thrown from one skater to another whilst they were on the move and then the most spectacular of all was when a lady was on her back on-top of a mans head, spinning around with the man also spinning around so fast on the spot. What made this more amazing was that he did not have hold of the lady at all, she was just spinning around on his head on her own. An added bonus to this performance was definately the setting of it being in the Liverpool Empire. Although this theatre is old, it is full of character, with it's old ceiling covings and paintings and rickity old chairs to sit on. It must cost a fortune to keep it in the standard it is and all credit goes to everybody who works there - it really did make a difference to the atmosphere. I don't think if you went to see anything like this is a new arena you would get the same feeling. Everydoy in this show gave 110% and you could see at the end that this was much enjoyed by all the audience. Almost everybody was up at the end clapping. I would definately go and watch something like this again in the future, and if you haven't already been to something similiar its definately one to consider for the future.
The Empire is the largest theatre in Liverpool and the suronding area. This is the theatre to take Granny to see a West End musical, not the trendy, mid-day places where you can see usually good amature productions. I have always been pleased with the Empire, but I only give it a visit once or twice a year (maybe more if they have a good new West-Ender on). It's expensive (tickets, refreshments and merchendise), but steeped in history. Visited by the royals, this Victorian theatre with it's scarily-steep upper gallery is a good treat. Abba Gold is an example of the West End imports the Empire gets, and which are popular with the small amount of people in Liverpool who have time (and money) not to be nicking cars. A great musical, packed with Abba hits, and a bit of drama thrown in there. A great thing to go and see, with brilliant sound and lighting. But I'm gona stray from Abba reviews, and just give you a bigger picture of the Empire. So here goes... It's been stage to Phantom of the Opera, Jospeh, Dr. Doolitle, Steps/Boyzone/Ronan Keating and Oh! What a night. It does occasionally have excellent productions on by the near-by Birkenhead Amature Dramatic Society (Oliver, Annie ect.) but these are few and far between, with prices still quite high for such a class of a production. And also, in my opinion, this is not the place to take kids for the panto. the story line often goes over the adult's heads, let alone childrens, it's reasonable formal and are quite stiff on you bringing your own drinks ect. in, even though theirs are outragous. It's also an expensive half-day out for 4 kids! Still, the quality of the plays are second to none, with the recent refurbishment meaning that more and more West End and pop concerts can be staged at the Empire. A good place to go if you're visiting Liverpool. Sorry if this has strayed and not helped on the Abba front, I couldn't find a section for the Empire in general!
I have great memories of the Empire - I've been to see pantomimes there every year since I was a child up until recently; my grandmother and my aunts would take me to see ballets when they were visiting; I've been to see both my aunts dancing there themselves, always dreaming of getting the chance to take the stage myself; and my last visit, to see "Joseph" at the christmas eve matinee a couple of years ago. I even got to visit backstage one year, when a relative was working with the visiting ballet company - what a difference back there in the cramped, tiny area, full of dancers smoking on the steps before they come out onto stage! The Empire has recently been renovated. I haven't had a chance to visit since it has been "tarted up", but my grandmother described the new stage area as "beautiful". The theatre itself is still convenient from all directions, right next to Lime Street station, or a short walk from Central station, with bus stops right outside, and around 10-15 mins walk from the ferry. Also, their generous ticket pricing offer means that any full-price paying adult can take a child with them for free. A good offer, which appears to result (in my experience so far) in an appreciative audience of awe-struck children, rather than a rowdy bunch of uninterested brats. :-) November sees the coming of Copelia, which I, for one, would be sorry to miss.