The Lantern Theatre on Blundell Street closed its doors for the last time in July, but we knew it wasn’t the last we were going to see of them.
Although a new premises has not yet been found for the much-loved fringe venue, they’re moving into their next phase in style, with a season of some of their recent successes about to enjoy a short stay at the Unity.
Director of the Lantern Theatre, Margaret Connell said: “We are delighted to be taking the Lantern Theatre’s unique brand of new and emerging theatre down the road to the Unity. All of the plays have been developed at the Lantern, we really look forward to presenting our productions to new Liverpool audiences.”
Matthew Linley, artistic director and CEO of the Unity said: “We have always had a brilliant relationship with the Lantern and we look forward to hosting their next set of productions. Both our theatres are committed to being the accessible platform for the region’s emerging artists, and I can’t wait to see these four great home-grown performances.”
It starts this weekend with One More Unfortunate (Saturday, September 10) from the Lantern Theatre Writers’ Company. Written by Adam Simpson and directed by Samuel Erskine, it tells the story of the effect of manic depression on a marriage in a tale described as “sometimes funny, sometimes filthy, sometimes hopeful, sometimes utterly depressing.” Another from the Writers’ Company is Ghost Street (Saturday, September 17), by Jessica May Buxton, about a woman taking a stand against a housing scheme that threatens her community.
MADEUP has already featured the return of The Brink by Helen Jeffrey, a true-life experience of post-natal depression directed by Margaret Connell (Tuesday, September 20); and finally The Lima Syndrome from author Mark Murphy is performed on September 21 and 22 is described as “a hostage situation with a twist”.
For tickets and more information, call the box office on 0151 709 4988 or visit www.unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk