royal court liverpool trust brochure march 2013

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The latest information about the work of the Royal Court Liverpool Trust


  • The Royal Court Theatre Liverpoolpresents a play in four acts producedby the Royal Court Liverpool Trust Act 1

    Act 2Act 3Act 4

  • During this period, Liverpool audiences enjoy outstanding performances by Dame Judi Dench, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Ralph Richardson, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sean Connery, Bruce Forsyth, Patrick Stewart, Barbara Windsor, Ken Dodd and many more.

    1938The Royal Court Theatre reopens its doors to the public having been closed for five years following a fire in 1933 that completely destroyed the building. James Bushell Hutchins has designed the brand new art deco building and once again, the Royal Court is back at the heart of Liverpools cultural life.

    Howard and Wyndham, who took over the theatre in 1899, continue to run the Royal Court as the number one touring venue in the city until the early 1970s.


    1970sThe Royal Court is taken over by the County Council and is run by independent promoters as a rock venue until 2005.

    The Courts rock years see some of the most well known musicians in the world perform on its stage. Performances by Coldplay, Wings, Genesis, David Bowie, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Whitesnake, Echo and The Bunnymen, Motorhead and Kylie Minogue are enjoyed and remembered by thousands.

    Original curtain, 1938

    The first record of entertainment on the site was in 1826 near to the citys well. In 1881, the theatre was re-built and opened as the Royal Court Theatre. It enjoyed a rich history presenting drama, music and opera for local people.

    Refurbished curtain, 2012

  • 2008 initiates an open competition in the Open Journal of the European Union to appoint an architect to develop a clear vision for the building secures funding from the North West Development Agency, English Heritage and the Arts Council North West to develop plans for the building and engagement programmes develops a Community and Education Forum to inform and advise the Trust and shape community engagement programmes

    2009 delivers the first Access All Areas project, at the request of the Community and Education Forum

    appoints award winning architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, an internationally renowned practice with a local connection. Lead architect and partner, Paul Monaghan was born and brought up in Liverpool delivers a successful Heritage Lottery Young Roots Project involving 20 hard to reach young people

    2010 secures a long lease on the building (30 years) from Liverpool City Council with a rent free period of the same length if the building is completely renovated brings key individuals including Sir Terry Leahy, Dame Judi Dench and

    Cherie Booth on board to help with fundraising and stakeholder cultivation achieves a first round Heritage Lottery pass and support to work up plans to RIBA Stage D and develop community engagement programmes

    2011 secures planning permission for the overall 11.9 million scheme from Liverpool City Council achieves a second round Heritage Lottery Fund grant of just under 1 million to begin renovation work on the theatre raises over 200,000 through a 1 ticket levy on each ticket purchased to theatre shows

    Between 2008 and 2012 the Trust:

    2005Following years of decline, the Royal Court is taken over by Kevin Fearon as the home of Rawhide Comedy Club; one of the most successful independent stand up comedy clubs in the UK. Following its success, Fearon expands the programme and begins producing comedy theatre once more at theRoyal Court.

    2006Brick Up The Mersey Tunnels by Dave Kirby and Nicky Allt is produced forthe first time creating a new theatre audience hungry for accessible, quality entertainment in their home city. Over 150,000 people have since seen this show at the Royal Court.

    2008The Royal Court Liverpool Trust,a registered charity, is formed by fundraiser Gillian Miller. Without significant investment the buildingfaces closure as a performance venue as it struggles to meet key health, safety and access legislation.

    The formation of the Trust begins to address these issues and starts to influence the future of the Royal Court Theatre for the benefit of all.

    Alongside this, the Royal Court continues to present quality, accessible theatre working with writers such as Alan Bleasdale, Willy Russell, Jim Cartwright and Ray Cooney. More plays by Dave Kirby and Nicky Allt continue to bring new audiences into the theatre. A series of Christmas blockbusters by local writer Fred Lawless re-establishes the Royal Court as Liverpools home of great theatre.

  • Act 1


    Support from the Heritage LotteryFund enables the Trust to start thefirst substantial renovation work inthe theatre for nearly 75 years.

    The Trust develops a clear vision for the building with architects, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. It is realistic and achievable to ensure success. The budget is 11.9 million (10,348 per seat) to achieve a fully renovated theatre.

    Work is focused on improvements to the auditorium to make the maximum impact on audiences who are desperate for new seats, better bar and toilet facilities and improved access.

    The auditorium in 1938 and 2008

    The theatre must operate to survive.

    It receives no public funding therefore must continue to produce and operateto ensure employment for its 23full-time staff and 67 part-time staff.

    It contributes over 20 million eachyear to the local economy with over7 million of indirect expenditure spent within the city. In addition, the Trust collects a 1 ticket levy for every ticket sold raising over 100,000 each year.

    This helps the Trust lever public funds such as Heritage Lottery support.


    The refurbished auditorium in 2012

  • The Trust runs a programme of activities engaging local people and encourages them to learn about the history of the building and to take part in its renovation.

    These include:

    Access All Areas annual programmes for schools Royal Court Variety Lunch Club events for older people Youth Theatre workshops free to young people aged 11-25 Heritage tours, talks and seminars Volunteering opportunities Work experience and placements

    Lunch on stage with key stakeholders

    Young people from SALT (Sports, Arts, Learning and Training) performing in Access All Areas 2012

    Act One is deliveredon time and to budget.The grant from HLF was awarded on 1st December 2011, building work began on 1st March 2012 and was completed16 weeks later.

    On 1st March 2012 Nobles Construction of Liverpool begin a 16 week programmeto renovate the art deco auditorium, transform public facilities in the basement and create permanent disabled access to the stalls area of the theatre.

    The programme of work is completed on time and to budget.

    The theatre reopens on 29th June 2012 with a new play written by Dave Kirby, Reds & Blues.

    Left from top Construction is underway, the new bar and the refreshed ladies toiletsRight The refurbished stalls and Royal box

  • Act 2

    The Entrance

    A new ground floor extension provides vital foyer space for audiences and improves the public realm outside the theatre. It creates new box office facilities and daytime spaces to enable the theatre to contribute to the daytime economy for the first time in its history.

    The new extension includes a lift for disabled people enabling access to basement, circle and balcony levelsfor the first time.

    By day the new foyer may be secured from the main theatre while the box office and multi-functioning spaces operate independently. There is potential for revenue streams in conjunction with the basement Queen Mary venue (80 seats) and with the main auditorium (1,150 seats).

    Following the success of Reds & Blues by Dave Kirby, the theatre presents the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival producing Macbeth andA Midsummer Nights Dream. It takespart in the annual Liverpool Comedy Festival, presents Jigsy, a one-manshow starring Les Dennis and producesanother Christmas blockbuster by Fred Lawless, A Nighmare On Lime Street starring international star, David Gest.

    Additional events include a performance of Terriers in conjunction with Merseyside Police, music by Liverpool band, The Christians and comedy in the form of Rawhide Comedy Club in the Queen Mary Basement Lounge. All activities continue to raise funds for the Trust via a 1 ticket levy.


  • Internal Improvements

    There is little space inside the theatre for public facilities and circulation. Internal improvements create new, openspaces, giving audiences a better theatre experience. A new entrance into the balcony creates better access for all.

    External windows are revealed and the art deco staircase provides the perfect backdrop to a series of bars, toilets andpublic spaces. The unique Royal Court atmosphere is enhanced and the building improved for its local audiences and the many tourists and visitors to the city.

    Act 3The Royal Court continues to present a programme of accessible, quality theatre and variety. It continues its commitment to local people providing jobs and making a vital contribution tothe continuing regeneration of the city.


  • Finale

    The grand finale is a new rooftop venue with breathtaking views over the city. Fullyaccessible via the new lift, this additionalfeature completes the magnificent

    Act 4

    art deco building and creates further revenue stream opportunities to ensure that the building remains sustainable for decades to come.

    The Trust develops engagement programmes relevant to Royal Court audiences. The top six postcode areas of the Royal Court Theatre represent some of the most de


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