Liverpool Empire



Liverpool Empire

Liverpool Empire Theatre is located on the corner of Lime Street and London Road. It has the largest two-tier auditorium in Britain and can seat 2,348 people. Over the years it has hosted many types of entertainment including variety shows, musicals, operas, pop concerts, and plays. This fantastic venue has hosted the Beatles in their early years. Many royal commands and variety shows have been enjoyed here.



The Liverpool Empire has had a complicated past with different theatres and many different owners, and what became Liverpool’s Largest theatre at the time, the first theatre on the site named New Prince of Wales Theatre and Opera House opened on 15th October 1866.

Before being closed in 1894, in honour of Princess Alexandra, Princess of Wales in 1867 the theatre was renamed to the Royal Alexandra Theatre and Opera House.

It was only the following year the theatre was reopened under new ownership and then sold to Moss and Thornton in 1896 and within 30 years was closed yet again but this time demolished and replaced with a bigger theatre opening on 9th March 1925.

Merseyside County Council were the next owners to acquire the theatre making a lot of improvements to the theatre and further refurbishments into extending the stage, orchestra areas and facilities before Clear Channel Entertainment by 2002 who later built a further extension to the north of the main building.

With continued development, the Liverpool Empire is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a Grade II listed building and the largest 2-tier theatre in the UK and one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings.

Visitor Information

No cameras, video cameras or audio recording devices No mobile phones No food, bottles or cans Smoking is not permitted

Children (ages two to 15 inclusive) require their own ticket, which shall be at full ticket price if no child concessions are available at the time of booking. Babes in arms (children under two years) will be admitted free of charge to those shows they may attend (children's shows and pantomimes only). Parents and/or supervisors are responsible for supervising children in their care at all times and supervision of children shall be by not less than one adult per 10 children. The management reserves the right to ask parents/supervisors to remove children if, in the opinion of the management, they are causing a disturbance.


Liverpool Empire Theatre
Lime Street
L1 1JE

How to Get There

Situated on Lime Street in Liverpool whether travelling by Car, Bus or by Train, easy access by road, Lime Street station and plenty of local buses services make Liverpool Empire easy accessible.

Liverpool Empire Parking

Liverpool Empire has no parking of its own but the area has plenty of local car parks within walking distance at reasonable rates including St John’s Shopping Centre, Queen Square and Lord Nelson Street.

Liverpool Empire Seating plan