17-21 March 2015
Reviewed by Ateeka Khwaja
To get to the Liverpool Empire Theatre I took the car. The car park I chose was located in Queens Square as the Empire Theatre does not provide its own parking. However, I was not disappointed as the parking was £2 from 5pm-9am for Empire customers when presenting their ticket stub. The walk to the venue was only a couple of minutes and for me, not a problem.
Upon arrival to the Empire Theatre Liverpool, I noticed the building is very old with all its original features intact. It is brightly lit and advertises the current shows with many well placed posters and lights.
After picking up my tickets with my husband, we surveyed the concessions stand and noticed that they had Slush Puppies. I had to buy one! Although I do think £3 may be a bit too steep for the amount of slush I was given! Negatives aside, the staff were more than helpful and very professional yet cheery. Perfect examples of the Liverpool attitude. The theatre itself is immaculately clean and toilets are presented well.
I was directed to my seat by an usher. The show started a few minutes late, for people like me who have a babysitter it may be a slight inconvenience.
The show itself was fabulous in terms of songs – with “I Get a Kick Out of You” sung by Debbie Kurup within the first five minutes. Her vocals are brilliant and she is quirky; her fun friendly personality radiated throughout the theatre. “You’re the Top” was another catchy and humorous number. If the rest of the play was as funny as that song it would be a lot better. On the whole it isn’t as funny as you think it would be. A lot of younger people found it funny which is great if you want to take children/young adults with you! If you are easily amused then go watch this. But if it takes a lot to make you laugh, like me, you may let out a small chuckle if you’re lucky. It’s more “ChapStick” humour because it is so dry. And not one to watch with your husband if he is a manly man. However! The choreography is wonderful and the acting is spot on with accents being portrayed very, very well. There is nothing negative to say about the actors, or music, just the humour and storyline which was predictable. I am slightly disappointed but that is because I was comparing it to how much I enjoyed critically acclaimed “The Phantom of the Opera” – it engulfed me. Anything Goes didn’t have the wow factor. And frankly it really did seem like the script writer thought that “Anything Goes” when coming up with jokes.
Overall. Even though I didn’t enjoy the show itself. I would definitely recommend the Empire Theatre Liverpool. I have been to my fair share of theatres and this by far is one of the best with friendly staff, easy to find seats and big thumbs up for the building itself being easy to find, and easily accessible via public transport -with a bus stop right outside. Liverpool Lime Street Station and a taxi rank are also right next doors! I am looking forward to watching my next show. Which will be at the Empire. The venue itself deserves a 5 out of 5.
Tickets cost from £10 to £45.50 (plus £2.85 transaction fee).
Anything Goes is at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool until 21 March 2015. For more information or to book tickets click here or call the box office on 0844 8713017.
Liverpool Empire Theatre, Lime Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1JE | 0844 8713017