Liverpool theatre is renowned across the UK and has launched many a sparkling career, but that’s not all it has to offer. Named the European Capital of Culture in 2008, Liverpool is best-known for producing many pop and performance icons. These include supergroup The Beatles as well as Cilla Black, Mel C, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Tom Baker (the fourth incarnation of Doctor Who). Situated in the north west of England along the River Mersey, Liverpool has a rich maritime history with the Albert Dock considered one of the world’s most advanced and important docks. A Grade I listed building, the Dock sits alongside Liverpool’s most famous landmarks: The Cavern Club, Tate Liverpool, and the Maritime Museum. Thanks to a thriving theatre scene and four large theatres, you’re spoilt for choice for shows in Liverpool. Many new plays and musicals have debuted there. Most notably, Blood Brothers was developed in Liverpool and went on to become the West End’s third-longest running musical. One of the city’s largest theatres, Liverpool Empire was based on the design of American theatres and was opened in 1866. In the 1950s it saw the likes of Julie Andrews, Laurel and Hardy and Frankie Vaughn tread its boards, followed by Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and The Beatles in the 1960s.