Helen Forrester’s By The Waters Of Liverpool UK tour will be rescheduled starting in March 2021.
By The Water Of Liverpool UK Tour which opened in early March at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton where it received four and five-star reviews. The show played Stockport and Warrington before the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent theatre closures halted the tour.
The show’s producers have announced they are determined not to allow Helen Forrester’s vast army of readers to be disappointed due to the virus outbreak and steps to remount the tour in the Spring 2021 have already begun.
Writer and co-producer Rob Fennah said: “People who have worked with us over the years know we have a mantra when things get tough, ‘don’t give up – don’t give in!’
“The last couple of weeks have been really devastating, not just for our own cast and crew, but the entire entertainment industry and beyond. But we’re not going to let this get the better of us. By The Waters Of Liverpool will be re-launched early next year, bigger, bolder and as glorious as ever!”
Co-producer Bill Elms added: “We are deeply saddened to have been placed in this position with no alternative, our wonderful cast and crew have worked tirelessly to create an exceptional production that we are all immensely proud of.
“We must bring the show back to the stage for the sake of our company and the audience members who bought tickets, we all need something to look forward to in these bleak times. We will be back stronger than ever, even though it’s very unlikely that we will see any form of compensation for our losses.”
By The Waters Of Liverpool is a period drama set in the 1930s. The story opens in 1935. Helen Forrester is sixteen years old and fighting a bitter battle with her parents for the right to educate herself and go out to work.
During the Great Depression, Helen’s father lost his fortune when the stock market and the family were suddenly thrown into poverty. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, the Forrester’s chose Liverpool as the place to start over. They were in for a terrible shock. Taken out of school to care for her younger brothers and sisters while her parents struggled to re-build their shattered lives, Helen is treated as an unpaid slave and desperate to escape.
By 1939, now aged twenty and with Britain on the brink of war, she has never been kissed by a man. But things start looking up for Helen when she meets a tall strong seaman and falls in love.
The By The Waters Of Liverpool Tour follows a highly acclaimed run at the Liverpool Empire in 2018. The production follows the smash-hit success of Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey and is being brought to audiences by the team behind both the musical and stage play versions of the award-winning true story.
Millions of people know Helen Forrester’s life story told through her best-selling volumes of autobiography, Twopence to Cross the Mersey, Liverpool Miss and By The Waters Of Liverpool.
The tour will open at Liverpool’s Epstein Theatre on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 and further dates confirmed at Rhyl Pavilion, Lancaster Grand, Southport Theatre, Crewe Lyceum, St Helens Theatre Royal and the Gaiety Theatre in the Isle of Man. More will be added over the coming weeks.
The stellar cast features star names from stage and screen, including Sian Reeves and Mark Moraghan.
Sian has recently been seen in living rooms across the country appearing in Coronation Street – the world’s longest-running TV soap opera. And she will be returning to the cobbles in late January as part of a key storyline.
The touring cast also features Parry Glasspool, Lucy Dixon, Eric Potts, Lynn Francis, Danny O’Brien, Roy Carruthers, and Chloe McDonald.
Writer and friend of Helen Forrester, Rob Fennah has written both the stage play versions of Twopence To Cross The Mersey and By The Waters Of Liverpool. The new touring production is again produced by Pulse Records Limited in association with Bill Elms, and is directed by Gareth Tudor Price.
BY THE WATERS OF LIVERPOOL UK TOUR 2021
2 – 10 March 2021
Epstein Theatre, LIVERPOOL
16 – 19 March 2021
Pavilion Theatre RHYL
20 21 March 2021
22 – 23 March 2021
Grand Theatre, LANCASTER
24 – 25 MARCH 2021
30 – 31 March 2021
Grand Theatre SWANSEA
2 – 3 April 2021
Albert Halls BOLTON
6 – 7 April 2021
Waterfront Theatre, SOUTHPORT
8 – 9 April 2021
Plaza Theatre STOCKPORT
10 – 11 April 2021
Lyceum Theatre CREWE
20 – 23 April 2021
Theatre Royal ST HELENS
26 April 2021
Grand Theatre BLACKPOOL
29 April – 1 May 2021
Gaiety Theatre ISLE OF MAN
3 – 5 May 2021
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