Opened on 27th August 1849, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has long been an acclaimed and integral part of the cultural life of Liverpool, and was described as ‘the best in Europe’ by Sir Thomas Beecham before being dramatically destroyed by fire in 1933.
75 years on from the fire, the present hall, designed by architect Herbert Rowse and opened in 1939, continues its established reputation as one of the UK’s premier arts and entertainment venues, as both a concert hall and cinema.
The art deco splendour of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall was restored in 1995 following a £10.3 million refurbishment; parts of the foyer are said to be based on decoration in the tomb of Tutankhamen.
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall presents on average 300 concerts, events and films, attended by approximately 300,000 people per annum. The venue has an illustrious tradition of bringing the top names from rock, jazz, world, classical and contemporary music to Liverpool.
The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Buddy Holly all appeared here early on in their careers. More recent appearances have included Sigur Ros, Nitin Sawhney, Joan Baez, Morrissey, Lou Reed, Sugababes, Femi Kuti, Khaled, Wayne Shorter and Jamie Cullum. The Hall also features comedy – Billy Connolly, Jimmy Carr and Lee Evans have played here in recent months - and classic films on its unique Walturdaw rising cinema screen, the only working screen of its type left in the world. Recent screenings have included There Will Be Blood, Sweeney Todd, The Kite Runner and Lawrence of Arabia.
In addition to the main auditorium, there's the Grand Foyer Bar and Rubato cafe bar for eating and drinking and the Rodewald Suite venue, home to the popular After 8 series. A delightfully intimate space, the Rodewald Suite has its own entrance in Sugnall Street, cabaret seating, in-house bar, rooftop terrace, and with the opportunity to meet the artists afterwards it’s the ideal venue to enjoy jazz, roots and unplugged gigs in a unique atmosphere. Ezio, Andy McKee, Ian McNabb and John Power are among the long list of recent performers.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Philharmonic Hall Hope Street Liverpool L1 9BP
Box Office opening hours are: Monday to Saturday 9.30am (for phone bookings) / 10am (for counter bookings) – 5.30pm, and for counter bookings up to 15 minutes after the start of the performance on concert nights. Sunday 12 noon – 5pm for telephone bookings only when there is no concert, and for counter bookings from 5.30pm on concert nights.