Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in the 1970s

Liverpool’s Empire Theatre in the 1970s

You could say the only way was Essex at the Liverpool Empire 45 years ago this month in 1974. Crowds of adoring fans crammed into the theatre to see their idol David Essex croon his way through some of his greatest hits while hundreds waited outside. They’d queued for...
Shirley Valentine

Shirley Valentine

There was quite a coincidence in the Liverpool theatre world this month in 1985. While Willie Russell was finishing his play Shirley Valentine about a bored Merseyside housewife who finds a new zest for life on a Greek holiday, Liverpool Playhouse were importing 30...
The Beatles and Ed Sullivan

The Beatles and Ed Sullivan

Forty five years ago this month, a young band from Liverpool made a landmark appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Watching them from the wings on the same programme in 1964 was a fresh-faced young singer from down the road in Manchester. The singer was Davy Jones, who...
Then And Now

Then And Now

Welcome to Then and Now, a fascinating new feature from the pages of the Liverpool Echo that compares streets, landmarks and buildings from bygone days with how they look today. Every week we’ll publish an original image from the archive, along with memories and...
Brezhnev

Brezhnev

The movie Letter to Brezhnev was truly a family affair for the creative Clarke clan of Merseyside. Brookside scriptwriter Frank Clarke wrote the screenplay and his sisters Margi and Angela both played leading roles in the highly acclaimed production. The 1985 romantic...
Brookie To Corrie

Brookie To Corrie

It’s surprising how many stars have swapped the suburban driveways and gardens of Brookside for the cobblestones of Coronation Street over the years. Some are well known like Sue Johnston, who played Sheila Grant on Brookside before becoming landlady Gloria Price in...