The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool was opened in 1961 showing a range of classical films including Walt Disney’s Fantasia and Pollyanna, whilst a programme of stage plays etc. were organised. It was then substantially rebuilt in 1977 through the efforts of Alan Durband and General Manager John Gardner, who acted as fund-raisers.
During the 1970s the Theatre enjoyed a celebrated period with Willy Russell writing a number of plays for the Everyman including the Beatles-inspired musical John, Paul, George and...Bert and Shirley Valentine. Actors who started their careers with the Everyman included Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, Pete Postlethwaite and Julie Walters.