Twopence to Cross the Mersey

The UK Premiere Tour of Helen Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey

A brand new stage production not to be missed!
Adapted By Rob Fennah. Directed By Gareth Tudor Price.

Featuring: Mark Moraghan, Daniel Taylor, Parry Glasspool, Jenny Murphy, Lynn Francis, Lynne Fitzgerald, Robert Hudson, Roy Carruthers & Chloe McDonald

Tue 1 Nov, 7:30pm
Wed 2 Nov, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Thu 3 Nov, 2:30pm & 7:30pm
Fri 4 Nov, 7:30pm

Running Time: Act 1 55 mins. Interval 20 mins. Act 2 55 mins.

Adapted from Helen Forrester’s million-selling autobiography, Twopence To Cross The Mersey is a stunning period drama set in the early 1930’s in the midst of the Great Depression.

In 1931 Helen’s spendthrift father was declared bankrupt, forcing the family to leave behind the nannies, servants, and beautiful middle-class home in the gentler Southwest of England. With nothing more than the clothes they stood up in, the family of nine took the train to Liverpool where they hoped to rebuild their shattered lives. It came as a terrible shock to find the thriving, wealthy port Helen’s father remembered as a boy, the place his own father made his fortune, had long since gone.

While 12-year-old Helen’s inept parents searched unsuccessfully to find work, she was taken out of school to look after her six younger siblings and the full burden of keeping house fell on Helen’s young shoulders. Having never had to manage a family budget in their previous life, the Forrester’s found themselves relying on meagre handouts from the local parish, charity organisations and the kindness of strangers. But, at the age of 14, Helen had finally had enough of her miserable existence, and so began a bitter fight with her mother and father to attend evening school in an effort to educate herself and make her own way in the world.

But Helen’s parents had no intention of releasing their unpaid slave. They had other plans for their selfish daughter.


The popular stage adaptation of Twopence To Cross The Mersey has been updated by writer Rob Fennah, who enjoyed a long friendship with Helen Forrester. Through their meeting of creative minds, Rob adapted Helen’s book into a stage musical

 What the media said about previous productions:

 “Absolutely Amazing” – BBC Radio 4
 “The Theatrical Equivalent Of A Page Turner” – The Stage
 “Emotional & Powerful” – British Theatre Guide
 “A Brilliant Production – A Real Hit” – Cheshire Today
 “Totally Compelling” – Liverpool Echo


27 September 2022: Twopence To Cross The Mersey Now On Tour

15 August 2022: New production of Helen Forrester’s ‘Twopence To Cross The Mersey’ embarks on UK tour In four weeks

21 April 2022: Cast Announcement: Twopence To Cross The Mersey

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