Welcome to our page covering everything you need to know about Liverpool’s Unity Theatre!
Unity Theatre, Liverpool
The Unity Theatre is the smallest of Liverpool’s major theatres in square feet, but it’s also the most intimate. So, it has a quirky, unique identity that allows it to stand out from other venues. Furthermore, it’s a fantastic proving ground for the stars and writers of tomorrow. And of course it showcases terrific productions in its own right. Now, the Unity would first come to life as Merseyside Left Theatre during the 1930s. Then, a revamp would turn it into Merseyside Unity Theatre in 1944, before later simply becoming Unity Theatre. Nowadays, it serves a crucial role in offering alternatives to mainstream shows and providing opportunities for unknown talent. Not forgetting its general goal in delivering productions that make a lasting impression on audiences.
The majority of the Unity Theatre’s shows have a gritty, independent feel to them. And this ensures that they pack a punch and leave a real impact. So, these range from plays and dramas to live comedy stand-ups and sitcom-style productions. Furthermore, there is a plethora of shows during Homotopia, an annual local festival offering education about LGBT life.
This venue is in close proximity to local universities and drama schools such as LIPA, which occasionally acts as a second venue. Therefore, Liverpool Unity primarily delivers shows targeting young adults, in particular students. And this not only applies to the content of the productions, but also to the performers. Indeed, there are many aspiring actors, actresses and writers able to test their show concepts at Unity.
Unity Liverpool actually consists of two intimate auditorium areas. So, Unity One is the bigger of the two with 150 seats (able to expand to 182 when required). And Unity Two seats up to 100 attendees, and on the floor directly above Unity One. So, their layout means that attendees on the first row are on the same ground level as the stage itself. And this can make for some very interesting moments during a performance!
The Theatre has a first-floor bar where you can enjoy drinks both before and after a show. It’s here that you will often find actors and writers discussing their productions once a performance concludes. Also, there are lifts that can bring attendees to either of the two auditoriums that the venue offers. Furthermore, there is access for people with disabilities and those requiring a guide dog in order to come along.
Unity Theatre Liverpool has a cosy, intimate location on Hope Place. So, it’s a few hundred yards from the Everyman Theatre for starters. And it’s very close to a range of local pubs, clubs, bars, cafes, restaurants, college buildings and educational establishments. Furthermore, it’s around a 15-minute walk from the city centre. And it also sits in the middle of both the Metropolitan and Anglican Cathedrals.
Car Parking Near Unity Theatre
There are no car parks specifically on Hope Place. (Incidentally, Hope Place is a sloping side street in line with houses and buildings dating back before the 20th century). But there are pay and display car parks within a short walking distance from the venue. And these are on Renshaw Street, Hanover Street, Mount Pleasant, Duke Street and by Lime Street Station.
Taxis often pull up on the nearby Hardman Street and Rodney Street. But all local taxi firms are aware of the Unity if you need to call them to pick you up right outside. Also, a range of buses pass down those same streets if you prefer to go home that way. Additionally, both Lime Street Station and Liverpool Central Station are within a 15-minute walk if you need a train home.
If you need a bite to eat before the show, there are more great options than we have space for! So, amongst the many cafes and restaurants nearby are HOST, The Quarter, 60 Hope Street and Tribeca. Not forgetting The London Carriage Works, Free State Kitchen and Bisque Jacques, with plenty of others too.
There are loads of great bars, pubs and clubs nearby. Now, we mention some of these on our Everyman Theatre page, since that venue is yards away from the Unity. But there are others which you may not know about, yet are only a short distance away. So, these include The Flute pub and Leaf cafe off Bold Street, offering live musical sets and other intriguing performances. Also, there is The Pilgrim pub, which is just around the corner.
Hope Street Hotel is only yards away. And it’s an ideal location to get your head down if you come for an overnight stay. Nearby, though, are several other options if you are enjoying a multi-day visit to the city. So, amongst these are Cocoon @ The International Inn, International Inn itself and Feathers Hotel (Best Western). Furthermore, there is Printworks and the Adelphi, the latter of which is just down the road off Mount Pleasant.
LIPA is a world-famous music college with Paul McCartney’s seal of approval. And the legendary Beatle is occasionally on-site to be present for a major performance by the students there. Meanwhile, you can check out the nearby Cathedrals. Again, the Unity sits nicely between both the older Anglican Cathedral and the more modern Metropolitan Cathedral. And it’s also close to both the University Of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.