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Calling all Lost Boys! The Empire is trying to find you.
The theatre, together with panto company First Family Entertainment, will hold auditions later this month to find young performers to join this year's Christmas production.

vasily petrenko at the proms

By Catherine Jones on Apr 24, 13 02:22 PM

Have you managed to have a good look at the BBC Proms season concert list yet?
I admit I'd been a bit tardy.
But today I noticed, interestingly, that while the RLPO hasn't been given an evening concert slot this year - although it is true the orchestra has been invited to perform a Sunday matinee with Everton's In Harmony youngsters - chief conductor Vasily Petrenko is appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on no fewer than THREE occasions.
One, free, Prom is with the National Youth Orchestra, and the other two concerts are with his newest musical 'squeeze' the Oslo Philharmonic.
I know it's unbecoming, but dear BBC, I can't quite help a mini "harrumph" escaping my lips on behalf of the city of Liverpool!

And they're off.....Liverpool's inaugural In Other Words literary festival opened last night with a fanfare and with World Book Night's flagship event which left London for what I believe might be the first time ever.
Hopefully the likes of Jeanette Winterson, Jasper Fforde (a personal favourite of mine - if you haven't read the Thursday Next series, you're missing out) and Philippa Gregory were impressed with not just the book night crowds but also the splendour of St George's Hall and the newly refurbished Central Library.

Great news for all classical music fans - and Liverpool in general - this morning that Vasily Petrenko has signed a new contract with the RLPO.
Whereas the past contracts have been for three years at a time, this one is a rolling, open-ended one where he has to give at least three years' notice if he wants to leave.

Last time I saw Rufus Wainwright he was dressed as Verdi (or perhaps it was Puccini?) and holding court in the bar of the Palace Theatre over in Manchester where his opera Prima Donna was being premiered.
Now he's on his way back down the M62 to Liverpool to play a gig here for the first time in six years.

ROYLE Family and Two Pints of Lager actor Ralf Little is set to appear at the Liverpool Playhouse.
He leads the cast of Peter Nichols's comedy A Day in the Death of Joe Egg which will open at the Williamson Square theatre next month.

He last appeared at the Playhouse wearing his trademark panto dame frock and wig.
Now comedy favourite Francis Tucker is returning to the Williamson Square theatre to appear in Robert Farquhar's new play Di is Dead which got its premiere at the Lantern last autumn.

Photographer Bryn Davies opens his new exhibition at the Clove Hitch Gallery in Bold Street tonight.
Beyond Another Place is a landscape photography project exploring the beauty and industry of the mouth of the Mersey up and down the Sefton coastline.

long time away

By Catherine Jones on Feb 28, 13 09:06 AM

Hello to everyone interested in arts and culture in Merseyside, which by the healthy state of audiences at most of our theatres would appear to be a lot of you.
I've been very tardy at keeping this culturechat blog up to date, but with the alleged arrival of spring tomorrow (in name if not in temperatures) I am pledging to reinvigorate it and attempt to keep you all up to date with the latest goings on on the Liverpool and Merseyside entertainment scene!
That's the plan at least.

LIVERPOOL theatre and arts company Hope Street Ltd is looking for teams of players to take part in a Biennial-themed action game next weekend.
Deadline is all about beating the clock, solving the clues and saving the city.

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Catherine Jones is the Liverpool Echo Arts Editor, and she'll bring you the news, reviews, recommendations and gossip from one of the most vibrant arts and culture scenes in the UK

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