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Christmas Shows In Liverpool

For Christmas 2022, the Liverpool Empire hosted the heart-warming, toe-tapping festive musical White Christmas. Theatregoers who can hold on to their festive-cheer until February 2023 will be rewarded with a very special panto: Mother Goose, featuring a cast led by UK theatre legend Ian McKellen along with primetime comedian John Bishop. Pantomimes for Christmas 2023 are to be confirmed.

You can always rely on fantastic festive entertainment in Liverpool when the yuletide season arrives. Liverpudlians and visitors from across Merseyside have come together to enjoy Christmas shows since the Victorian era, and the Empire Theatre even opened with a pantomime in 1896 - Cinderella. The venue has welcomed many a star onto its stage during panto season since, including Dusty Springfield, Cilla Black and Ken Dodd.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Christmas spirit is still in Liverpool in February 2023 as a very special pantomime will arrive in the form of Mother Goose, starring national treasure Ian McKellen. Updates on the city's pantomime for Christmas 2023 have not yet been confirmed, so keep an eye on this page for updates.
Mother Goose promises to be one of the most star-filled pantomimes ever, with a cast led by stage & screen legend, Sir Ian McKellen. McKellen has talked openly about his love of panto and the delight he feels in playing a classic pantomime dame. Joining him will be primetime TV comedian and panel-show regular, John Bishop. Other casting is to be announced.
The running time for Mother Goose has not yet been announced. Allowing time for madcap antics and improvisation, most pantomimes run at 2-2.5 hours and include an interval.
Tickets for Mother Goose start at £13. The priciest tickets are the package deals in the front of the stalls, with the VIP Experience at £90 and the Ultimate Experience, which includes a half-bottle of champagne, going for £120. All package deals include entry to the Ambassador Lounge. Children under 16 can get a £10 discount on any standard seat.
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