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PurpleCoat believe that finance shouldn't be a barrier to accessing art. We aim to provide world-class classical theatre by breaking down social barriers and working with local actors to show that
Theatre is, and can be, for all.
So what are you waiting for? We're a nice bunch who don't play by the rules, and we would love to welcome you into the family.
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Henry IV Parts 1 and 2: Liverpool 2015
'Shakespeare has never been fresher or more entertaining than this’
Hamlet: Ireland 2015
'Purple Coat have managed to do something very rare, and make the events in
one of the world’s best known plays seem surprising’
The Public Reviews
'The film catered to the entire ethos laid down by PurpleCoat:
everybody gets noticed’
Liverpool Sound and Vision
Midsummer: Dublin and Liverpool 2015
'Never has silly string, shaving foam, wigs and socks been used so successfully to
comic effect in a Shakespeare play’
The Public Reviews
The Theatre of Menace: Dublin 2016
''So convincing that it is impossible not to feel punctured by what has been seen'’
King Lear: Dublin and GM Fringe 2016
'One of the best performances in recent memory'’
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'Everything I have done with PurpleCoat, I am extremely proud to have been a part of. There are so few places for actors and production people to gain the level of experience that they need.'
Jackie Jones / Main Company Actress 2013-2014
'There's a real company feeling. Everybody looks after each other, everybody wants to do the best job that they can That's special.'
Paul Carmichael / Main Company Actor 2014 - Present
'I think that anyone who has not worked with PurpleCoat before
need to jump in head first if they get the opportunity to.'
Chris Chapman / Director of Photography 2014-15
'I chose to come to PurpleCoat purely because everyone seemed to enjoy it so much. On all of the photographs, everyone seemed to be having the best time ever.'
Emily Heeney / Youth Theatre Member
'It's great to be part of a company that allows you to be involved in how a show is going to look on stage.'
Jack Spencer / Main Company Actor 2014-15
Company One are an ensemble of actors working together to create work from home and on tour. We produce a range of classical theatre productions for audiences across the UK and Ireland, and are committed to supporting access to, and engagement in, the arts for people in the North of England. We want to work with people who we believe have genuine talent and give them the training and performance opportunities they deserve to get themselves noticed. Recruitment takes place regularly:
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HENRY IV Part 1
The tyranical reign of Richard II is ended. But England's saviour, Henry IV, is plagued with guilt and resents his new rule. His son, Prince Hal, spends his time drunk in ale houses and already the air is filled with rebellious plots to overthrow them.
Shakespeare's legendary charting of the reign of the Kings of England enfolds a huge landscape of war, drama and death in his two-part masterpiece. Featuring some of the most memorable characters, moments and lines from all of Shakespeare, these plays are the Bard's Game of Thrones: brought to epic life by PurpleCoat.
Following the five star success of Hamlet, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2 will be presented in a huge Christmas showcase at the ArtsClub Liverpool from 16-18 December.
Start Time: 7.30
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The Merchant of Venice
HENRY IV Part 2
Percy is dead and the rebels have been defeated. But peace has not returned to England. The King is haunted by an ancient prophecy, and as his own health fails, he has fresh doubts over Hal's ability to take the crown. The country is sick, and even Falstaff is thrown out into the world to recruit to the King's cause.
Shakespeare's emotional conclusion to his double-bill is both heart breaking and nostalgic, lamenting a lost England and searching for answers in a time of total war.
Start Time: 7.30
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After our summer break, join us as we relaunch this winter with an evening of music, film and comedy. Featuring many of the people we have been lucky enough to work with in the past, clips from our upcoming documentary which followed our production of Twelfth Night on its international tour, and a host of special offers for our upcoming shows, come and celebrate PurpleCoat with us! Help us smash our funding target to bring together our epic season of shows for 2016, and join us as we announce what's coming next!
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We welcome in our 8th Year with some of our biggest projects to date.
Booking for all shows will be available from October.
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