Explore The History of Liverpool St George’s Hall Through Promenade Theatre – The Catacombs of Liverpool’s Darkest History.
The increasingly popular promenade theatre Catacombs tours of St George’s Hall Liverpool return by popular demand in 2016 with new darker stories of Liverpool’s Victorian gang scene.
Lovehistory and St George’s Hall are pleased to announce the latest in the series of the popular ‘Catacombs of Liverpool’s Darkest History’ tours, to run for six days from 27 February 2016. Following on from the success of Series 5 of the catacomb tours, Lovehistory are about to delve even further into Liverpool’s past and expose the savage and lawless Gangs of Victorian Liverpool.
Liverpool in the nineteenth century was a place full of contradictions and duality; the rich and the poor, the lawful and the lawless, the civilised and the uncivilised, a city of prosperous merchants, powerful men and influential traders and a city of thieves, robbers and murders. Against the backdrop of the rich and the privileged a war was fought on the streets of Liverpool, a war which ended for many in the Courts of St George’s Hall and at the end of the hangman’s rope.
The gangs of Liverpool’s past will introduce the toughest of sailors known as The Packet Rats, The High Rip Gang who spread violence around the streets of Scotland Road, lurking in the dark alleyways waiting for the unsuspecting, the footmen, highwaymen and all those who lived an unruly and lawless existence will return in a spectacular promenade performance through the darkest parts of the Hall.
These powerful interpretations uncover the tales of past criminals who were hanged for their crimes, those who were judged and sentenced by law, and those who carried out the sentence of the court – the executioner.
Previous Lovehistory Catacombs sell-out tours have seen over 1,000 visitors descend on St George’s Hall in one week to hear the series of stories.
Judy McLean, Creative Director of Lovehistory, said: “We have been delighted with the success of these productions and this one will be very special as we uncover the Gangs of Liverpool and bring a truly fascinating period of Liverpool’s history to life. We have a great team, powerful scripts, great actors and the best venue in the city. We can’t wait for the next series.”
These promenade performances will take you into the dark cells below the grandness of the Great Hall, where those waiting to be condemned would spend their final moments. In the dark shadows of Liverpool’s history, visitors will encounter characters telling their tormented tales. Behind every dark corner lies a hidden story which has not been heard for over 100 years.
The Catacombs of Liverpool’s Darkest History: The Gangs of Victorian Liverpool
St George’s Hall, Heritage Centre Entrance, St John’s Lane, Liverpool.
Saturday 27 February – Thursday 3 March, 2016
Times: 6.00pm / 6.45pm / 7.30pm / 8.15pm (Approximately one hour in duration)
Tickets: £15 (No booking fee)
Capacity 40 people per tour
Purchase in person at TicketQuarter, Queen Square, Liverpool / online atwww.ticketquarter.co.uk / telephone 0844 800 0410