Spring 2017 Season is Announced!

Spring 2017 Season is Announced!

With 2017 just around the corner (yes, already!) The Atkinson has your diary sorted from January right through to April. You can be assured it will be filled with hilarious comedians, murder mysteries and music with tales of Hungry Caterpillars and Sharks in a Park! There really is something for everyone.

The Atkinson has become an established music hub for Merseyside; there are big names on their way with the larger than life Popa Chubby (Sat 28 January) , Howard Jones (Weds 22 March), Lloyd Cole (Thurs 30 March)  as well as the return of the annual Love Folk Festival in February .

Now in its third year –the Love Folk Festival is back and headlining the weekend will be Fairport Convention on the Friday night who will be celebrating 50 years and the fabulous English Folk genius Jon Boden for the Saturday night who is embarking on his first solo tour. Tickets are available to buy now for the little festival with a big heart over the most romantic weekend of the year (Friday 10 – Saturday 11 February)!

We invite you to witness an unmissable evening with The Greatest Hits of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy from Limehouse Lizzy, who are keeping the spirit of the Celtic rock icons alive, well and dominating stages worldwide (Thurs 27 April).

Chris Dean returns with The Syd Lawrence Orchestra for a golden night of swing (Saturday 29 April) celebrating 50 glorious years of being the UK’s most successful and longest running Big Band.

After the Christmas cheer has died down, there’s no better way to boost spirits than relishing in an evening of laughter. The Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club returns with hosts of comedians on the first Saturday of every month and season tickets are now available to purchase, a perfect gift for anyone who loves a good laugh. On top of the regular comedy club, we have some well-known names of comedy….

Andrew Lawrence, as seen on Live at the Comedy Store and Live at The Apollo is bringing his new, five star comedy sketch ‘The Hate Speech Tour’ to Southport (Friday 24 February).

Rob Rouse (Fri 17 March) will be bringing trademark comedic storytelling to a career high for his new tour ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’.

A popular face at The Atkinson and for our audiences, Henning Wehn returns with ‘Westphalia Is Not An Option’ (Friday 28 April). The evening promises to be Teutonic jolliness at its best! Having sold out twice previously we recommend early booking.

Looking for something to do with the family over February half term? We have a busy programme of events that take you into a world of Dragons, Caterpillars and Bedtime and well as lots of free activities and workshops.

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon from The People’s Theatre Company for ages 2– 7 years

( Monday 13 February), 5 Minutes More from Travelled Companions for ages under 6 (Friday 17 February) and the highly anticipated The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show for ages over 6 months ( Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 February). To find out more about just search February Half Term Fun on The Atkinson’s website.

Children aged 2 – 5 can explore a world of colours with a curious little owl who is determined to stay awake and see what the day light brings in Wow! Said the Owl (Saturday 4 March). Performances take place at 1pm and 3pm, the 1pm performance is relaxed and is specifically designed to welcome people who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, including people with an Autism Spectrum Condition, sensory and communication disorders, or a learning disability.

You can tumble into wonderland with Ballet Theatre UK as they return with another outstanding performance for families to enjoy together. With whimsical flights of the imagination, eclectic music and joyful dance, Alice in Wonderland is delightful entertainment for all ages (Saturday 22 April).

May The Toys Be With You is The Atkinson’s latest exhibition from a galaxy far, far away and is a unique opportunity to see rare Star Wars toys and collectables from 1977 – 1985.  The exhibition is open every day of the week until Sunday 5 March. There will also be an X-Wing Fighter on display in the Foyer from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 February and visitors will be invited to have their pictures taken in the fighter jet from Friday 17 – Sunday 19 of February.

Murder Mystery Productions are returning to The Atkinson after two sell out shows with Welcome Home – 1925  (Saturday 18 March). When a soldier returns from the Great War he expects to pick up his life where he left off, but everything has changed. Find out where he has really been for all those years and enjoy a two course buffet and glass of wine.

Why not join The Atkinson on Good Friday (14 April) for a fish ‘n’ chip supper and an immersive love story set in a chippy with Chip Shop Chips? A theatre show, but not as you know it: dinner, dance and a show all rolled into one!

The Sefton Open is back from Saturday 1 April with hundreds of artworks from local artists, showcasing the rich, creative talent we have right on our doorstep. Lots of the pieces are for sale – but be quick!

The Atkinson’s commercial gallery space The Landing will see two contrasting exhibitions over the January to April period starting with Light and Shadow by Sue Aigelsreiter, open from Saturday 7 January until Sunday 5 February.  The second exhibition is Colourfields by Frank Barnes, a selection of paintings using acrylic and oil paints, dichlorotriazine dyes and fragments of sea shells open from Saturday 11 February to Sunday 19 March.

Other exhibitions include Pantheon: Roman Art Treasures from the Ince Blundell Collection and Victorian Dreamers, open until Sunday 12 March.

The Atkinson is delighted to be working with the Aintree Grand National this year. On the 4oth Anniversary of Red Rum’s famous third win we will be delivering a programme of talks and an exhibition at the National across 6-8 April.

We continue with our free talks, Cake and Classical concerts and lots more – so visit the website theatkinson.co.uk to find out about the full programme of events and exhibitions.

To book your tickets please visit theatkinson.co.uk or call the Box Office team on 01704 533 333. Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.


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Please be advised that there is a £1 per ticket booking fee for telephone and online sales and a 2% fee for credit cards at the Box Office.


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About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful new home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. Significant investment has been made in refurbishing the stunning 19th century buildings, to create a really welcoming multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wile the day away visiting the new shop, that sells gifts and contemporary crafts from regional makers and then relax in the Bakery, choosing from a selection of artisan bread sandwiches, cakes and sharing platters. You can even take little bit of The Atkinson home with you from the delicatessen. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


The new Museum is now open. Sefton Between Land & Sea tells the story of Southport and Sefton as well as the area’s dramatic maritime history. While Discover Ancient Egypt – the new Egyptology Gallery is the home of the Goodison Egyptology Collection, a remarkable collection of archaeology that has not been seen for over 40 years.




Posted on 2 December 2016 under General news

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