A pop-up musical theatre experience is set to take place at the Museum of Liverpool on Saturday (9 November). The free event, designed to celebrate 80 years of Liverpool Theatre School, features performances from Sir Ken Dodd’s Diddymen and hit songs from West End musicals throughout the day. There will also be a series of free interactive workshops.

As one of the city’s longest running stage schools, the event will be a real celebration of Liverpool Theatre School’s rich heritage, which spans across eight decades. Former students are being invited to come along to the Museum of Liverpool to share their memories of the school.

To mark the milestone anniversary, the Museum of Liverpool has recorded an oral history with former Principal, Norah Button, whose grandmother started the school in 1939. As part of the oral history, Norah, who is celebrating her own 80th birthday this year, tells the fascinating story of her life in show business, how she spent many years working with Sir Ken Dodd and her role at Liverpool Theatre School.

Norah’s oral history explains how the school that began in her grandmother’s basement became a centre of excellence, gaining ‘outstanding’ Ofsted status, as well as recognition from the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation.

Norah, who has been awarded Freedom of the City for her contribution to dance, singing and drama, said: “We are thrilled that the Museum of Liverpool is helping to celebrate this landmark anniversary. It really does fill me with pride to see the remarkable place that Liverpool Theatre School has become and I’m sure my grandmother would be delighted to see what we have achieved since the school’s humble beginnings.”

Maxine Ellis, Principal at Liverpool Theatre School, added: “We are all hugely excited about bringing musical theatre magic to the Museum of Liverpool. It’s set to be a fantastic day of live performances and I am also looking forward to meeting former students and hearing some of their fond memories from the last 80 years.

“As we move onto the next exciting chapter in the school’s history, young performers of the future will have the chance to pick up a few new skills during a series of free workshops that will be taking place on the day.”

Matt Exley, Education Manager at National Museums Liverpool, said: “Liverpool Theatre School has certainly made a valuable contribution to the city’s performing arts scene over the last eight decades and we are thrilled to help the school mark this important milestone with a special event at the Museum of Liverpool.

“It’s set to be an enjoyable day for visitors of all ages and I would urge anyone who enjoys musicals to come along and join in the fun.”

The pop-up musical theatre experience at the Museum of Liverpool is the culmination of Liverpool Theatre School’s 80th anniversary celebrations, which kicked off with a ‘magic of the musicals’ showcase at the M&S Bank Arena at the beginning of the year.

Liverpool Theatre School has trained some of the region’s top theatre stars during with graduates going on to appear in hit shows such as The Sound of Music, Starlight Express, Tenors of Rock, Dreamboats and Petticoats, Blood Brothers and Wicked.

The centre of excellence, which recently re-located to Liverpool Central Studios (near The Baltic Triangle), provides full-time professional training in musical theatre, acting, dance and performing arts. The school also offers evening and weekend classes for young performers between four and 16.

The pop-up musical theatre experience at the Museum of Liverpool is free to attend and will run from 10.30 – 3pm on Saturday 9 November.

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