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Bodinetz’s Twelfth Night to reopen Liverpool’s Everyman in March

Liverpool's Everyman theatre, with its new facade. Photo: Steve Aland
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Liverpool’s Everyman theatre is to reopen in March next year with a production of Twelfth Night after a £28 million refurbishment.

Directed by Gemma Bodinetz, the venue’s artistic director, the show will be the first to run in the venue’s new thrust stage auditorium and will star Matthew Kelly as Sir Toby Belch alongside Nicholas Woodeson, who plays Malvolio.

The production runs from March 8 to 29, and is followed by two world premieres, from playwright Michael Wynne and touring company Kneehigh.

Wynne’s latest work, Hope Place, is about “myths, memories and secrets”, while the venue’s co-production with Kneehigh is a new version of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, called Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and Other Love Songs).

Meanwhile, at the Everyman’s sister venue, the Playhouse, Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge will open the spring season. Directed by Charlotte Gwinner, it will include Julia Ford in the cast.

Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse closed the Everyman venue for redevelopment in 2011. This has included updating its 400-seat theatre and basement bistro, building new spaces for writers and rehearsals, and creating a studio for education and community groups.

The theatre’s front now features 105 portraits of people from across Merseyside etched into metal shutters.

Deborah Aydon, executive director of Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, said: “After 10 years’ planning and two years’ construction, we are thrilled to be able to announce the Everyman’s reawakening.

“We have a very busy few months ahead, getting ready for that extraordinary moment when the people of Liverpool can take possession of their beautiful new theatre.”

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