After too long away from the stage, international theatre lovers will be able to catch some of the best plays in the world in Liverpool this October.
The uncertainty around Covid-19 has forced the Liverpool International Theatre Festival to postpone its planned event for this May. But organizers are very much looking forward to welcoming the world to Liverpool from Oct. 13 to 16.
“The past 22 months have been challenging for everybody,” LITF chairperson Jean Robinson-Dexter said. “Based on this current wave and the uncertainty of when we can be fully open as a community, we felt we could not hold the festival in May. But we are very hopeful that we can raise the curtain on the festival on Oct. 13, and safely welcome people back to Liverpool and to the historic Astor Theatre.”
Theatre groups from Algeria, Belgium, Virginia, Maryland, Greece, Uganda, Italy, Malawi, Egypt, Morocco, Ontario and the country of Georgia had been invited for the original festival in 2020, which was cancelled because of Covid.
Robinson-Dexter says that organizers hope all the troupes can join the festival in October.
The only theatre festival of its kind in eastern Canada, the Liverpool International Theatre Festival was founded to showcase compelling amateur theatre from around the globe. Since its debut in 1992, LITF has brought thousands of artists and theatre lovers to Nova Scotia. Audiences have unique opportunities to offer feedback directly to the performers in morning-after critiques, and to participate in workshops led by industry-leading theatre educators.