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About the Liverpool Empire

Located in the centre of the city, close to Liverpool Lime Street rail station, Liverpool Empire opened its doors in 1925, on the site of the former New Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House (later The Empire). With a seating capacity of 2,350, the venue is Britain's largest two-tier auditorium. Originally designed by W. and T. R. Milburn with a Neoclassical façade, the venue is a Grade II listed building and part of Liverpool’s William Brown Street Conservation Area. 

Liverpool Empire hosts a varied schedule of events each year, including variety shows, musicals, operas, concerts and plays. Notable past productions include Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Royal Variety Performances, and Frank Sinatra and The Beatles, who played the venue several times during their early careers.

Renovation work in 1999 included a new building, joined to the theatre by a glass atrium, which contains the Box Office, bar and three floors of multi-functional spaces. Since 2011, Liverpool Empire has been owned by the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Plan Your Visit

The box office is open 90 minutes before the start of a performance, and patrons are invited to relax in the bar up to an hour before they need to take their seats.
There is a cloakroom at the theatre which is open for selected performances. Visitors are encouraged to bring small bags which can be taken into the auditorium where possible.
Liverpool Empire has various security measures to ensure theatregoers’ safety and comfort. Upon arrival, the front of house and security team may ask to conduct a bag search, so please arrive early where possible.
There are four bars at the theatre which serve a range of refreshments, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Patrons can also enjoy bespoke service in the Ambassador Lounge, which can be booked alongside tickets online.

Lime Street Bistro is open before performances for light meals, with meat-free options available. Reservations for the pre-theatre set menu can be booked by calling 0151 702 7320.
Liverpool Empire is a short walk away from Bold Street, which is home to many independent shops and restaurants. Fans of pasta and calzone can enjoy authentic Italian dishes at The Italian Club, whilst The Greek Taverna has a variety of fish, meat and vegetarian dishes on their tapas and à la carte menus.
The Liner Hotel is a well-reviewed option for those on a budget, with nautical themed rooms and an on-site brasserie. If you have a little more to spend, the 4-star Liverpool Marriott is five minutes’ walk from the theatre.

Help Booking Tickets

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the box office up to 90 minutes before the performance starts. Please bring the card you booked with and your booking confirmation details, as you may be asked to present these when picking up tickets.
The box office is open for in-person ticket collection 90 minutes before performances start.
The box office team can be contacted for booking queries by phone on 0333 009 6690.
STAR (Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers) are the industry body that regulates the sale of London theatre tickets. When booking from a company you can check their ticket seller database to see if they are registered and conforming to STAR practices. When buying online, you should also check for the padlock in your browser URL bar to ensure the connection is secure.

Past Shows At Liverpool Empire

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