Former Brookside star Dean Sullivan is bringing theatre to the centre of Liverpool this summer with a production of ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ by Oscar Wilde in the Gardens of Liverpool Parish Church.
Sullivan, who is best known for playing Jimmy Corkhill in the long-running soap, is familiar to Liverpool audiences, and has previously directed outdoor theatre at Speke Hall. Sullivan is a regular attender at Liverpool Parish Church and had the idea of a theatre production in the Gardens one Sunday as he left Church.
Dean Sullivan said:
“To be bringing drama to the gardens at St Nick’s will be a personal delight! We have the wonderful sculpture of the homeless Jesus in the gardens, and now Oscar Wilde will join him! Picnic theatre on the almost-banks of the Mersey will be a summer experience not to be missed! The Importance in the gardens – join us for a summer evening of delight!”
The Rector of Liverpool, the Revd Canon Dr Crispin Pailing, said:
“Liverpool Parish Church has a long track record of bringing art and music to the City around us. We have the perfect setting in the Gardens, and this is a fantastic idea for using our grounds in a new way. I have known Dean for some years: it is going to be great working with him on this, and it will be hugely enjoyable for the audience.”
There will be two performances of the play: at 6.30pm on Saturday 27 July, and 2.30pm on Sunday 28 July. Theatre-goers are invited to bring picnic rugs or folding chairs, or can borrow plastic chairs on the day. Everyone is invited to bring a picnic, but Ma Boyle’s (in Tower Buildings, next to the Gardens) will also have a bar and picnic food on sale before each performance and in the interval.
Tickets are £15 each (or £10 for under-21s). To purchase them click here or contact the Parish Office (0151 236 5276 or firstname.lastname@example.org).