Liverpool Empire

Opened: 1925
Capacity: 2,381 seats


  • Grade II listed Liverpool Empire is one the largest two-tier theatres in the UK, prominently situated on Lime Street.
  • It underwent a major refurbishment in 1998 with the addition of new public areas and a greatly enlarged stage.
  • Throughout the twentieth century, the theatre played host to a series of legendary entertainers including Laurel and Hardy, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews and The Beatles.
  • In recent years the theatre has continued its tradition of popular entertainment with blockbuster musicals such as Billy Elliot, Wicked, The Lion King and Funny Girl as well as comedians such as Billy Connolly, Bill Bailey and Michael McIntyre and popular music acts including Paloma Faith, Tony Bennett, Will Young, and English National Ballet’s The Nutcracker.



At the Liverpool Empire Theatre we offer a number of unique and versatile spaces for private hire. We will help you set the scene for your event, ensuring that it takes centre stage, whilst you enjoy the luxurious and impressive surroundings of a truly unique venue.

There are a number of attractive spaces for private hire. You could host your event in one of our many distinctive bar areas eg the luxurious, newly refurbished Circle Bar or let your attendees relax and take in the stunning views of Liverpool’s cultural quarter through the floor to ceiling windows in our stylish Piano Bar. You can also enjoy a delicious meal in the onsite Lime Street Bistro or take advantage of our VIP packages in our Ambassador Lounge.

The versatility of the spaces in the Empire Theatre make it a popular location for photo shoots and filming, and enables you great flexibility for your event.  In addition to the world famous theatre shows that perform there, the venue has hosted a number of prestigious events including the announcement of the 2008 Capital of Culture winning bid, Richard Branson’s Pendolino Train Launch, the 2007 Royal Variety performance and the Royal Gala performance of Blood Brothers in 2016. Numerous theatrical productions use the theatre’s front of house space for successful launch events for customers and VIP guests.

Our spaces are available to hire for a wide variety of events including open mic nights, cabarets, meetings, functions and graduation ceremonies.

Contact the Liverpool Empire to find out more on 0151 702 7320 or by email to


Liverpool Empire, Lime Street, Merseyside, L1 1JE

Contact: Diane Belding, General Manager

Stage Door: 0151 702 7320

Diane Belding

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