City to host
Captain America Charity Premiere
LIVERPOOL is to stage the
north-west charity premiere of summer blockbuster movie that was
partly filmed in Liverpool called:- "Captain
America: The First Avenger".
Odeon One in Liverpool One will host the red-carpet screening on
Wednesday, 27 July, 2 days before the 3D film – produced by Marvel
Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures - goes on general
release across the UK. A limited number of tickets will be
available for the exclusive screening.
The event is being organised by Liverpool City Council’s Film Office
and regional creative industries development agency Vision and
Media, in aid of the North West Cancer Research Fund. All proceeds
will go to the charity, which was founded in Liverpool more than 60
Tickets - priced at £20 – are available from today from the Odeon
website – and the box
office at the Liverpool One screen.
Liverpool was used to shoot a key action sequence for the film, with
Stanley Dock transformed into 1940s New York. The production was a
north west double success – with Manchester used for other scenes in
Councillor Wendy Simon, cabinet member for culture, said:- “It
is fantastic news that we have secured this charity premiere.
Not only will it give local people the chance to see the movie
before it goes on general release, but it will also raise money for
a really good cause.
The film industry is tremendously important to the city region
economy, supporting thousands of jobs and generating £16 million
annually. The fact we were able to secure this movie is a
great coup for Liverpool. We have a fantastic range of locations
which are attractive to film makers, plus a real can-do attitude to
cut through red tape and bureaucracy to make shooting here as easy
Around 500 cast and crew descended on Liverpool and Manchester when
the film was shot last September. It is estimated the 2 production
units generated over £1 million of spend in the north west - filling
hundreds of hotel rooms and benefiting local firms who were used for
catering, transport and building sets.
Anne Jackson, Chief Executive, North West Cancer Research Fund,
said:- “It’s a huge honour for NWCRF to be the chosen charity
for such an important occasion. We hope the event will help to
spotlight the significance of fundamental cancer research in our
ongoing battle with the disease.”
Captain America: The First Avenger focuses on the early days
of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers, played by Chris Evans,
volunteers to participate in an experimental programme that turns
him into the super soldier known as Captain America, who wages war
on the evil HYDRA organization.
The sequence filmed in Liverpool features prominently in the movie,
and a trailer released in advance clearly shows Chris Evans at
The film also stars British actors Hayley Atwell, Dominic Cooper and
Twelfth Night ~ topical Shakespeare
in Liverpool parks, 23 July to 31 July
INTERCEPTING the communications of the
wealthy, trapping public office-holders and exposing the messengers
are nothing new. Shakespeare incorporated all these into his 1601
comedy Twelfth Night, which is being performed in Liverpool parks
and gardens over the next two weekends.
Twelfth Night, or What You Will, is the story of the shipwrecked and
separated twins who find themselves embroiled in the goings-on of
the leading households in Illyria.
Andy Kerr, who is directing the play for Liverpool Network Theatre,
says:- "Today's audiences will relate to the high gossip
factor: the over-indulgences, mistaken identities, passionate
misguided love, moral hypocrisy and downright mischief. Or they
might just like the ridiculous characters and cross-dressing!"
Performances are at:-
► Lowlands, Haymans Green, West Derby L12 on
Saturday and Sunday, 23 July to 24 July
► Reynolds Park
(walled garden), Church Rd Woolton L25 on Friday 29 July (7pm) and Saturday
30 July (2pm)
House, Mossley Hill Rd L18 on Sunday 31 July at 2pm.
Tickets are £7 / £5 concessions and are available in advance from
News from Nowhere, 96 Bold St. L1,
online, also gate on the day, subject to
ALL PERFORMANCES ARE IN THE OPEN AIR.
People are encouraged to bring
sun cream, umbrellas, something to sit on... and a picnic.
EXPLORE the hidden secrets
of the city with Shiverpool’s new daytime history tours starting
from Liverpool ONE. 2011 sees the 100th birthday of our iconic
Liver Birds and to celebrate the occasion the team at Liverpool’s
very own Shiverpool have launched a new ‘HIDDEN HISTORIES’
Building on the incredible success of their ghost walks, this new
tour will bring the city’s colourful history to life and will allow
participants to discover the secrets and hidden streets of our fair
The journey begins at the Old Dock Well outside John Lewis in
Liverpool ONE where you will be met by your very own Victorian
styled guide. From there you will be transported through the city’s
archives, uncovering the location of America’s secret Civil War
headquarters, hear the tale of the murderous black widows and find
out just where that third Liver Bird is hiding...
HIDDEN HISTORIES tours are family friendly and will take place every
Saturday throughout August at 2.00pm meeting at the Old Dock Well
and ending at St Georges Hall approximately two hours later. En
route you will see the city’s wonderful architecture, stunning
views, breathtaking locations whilst your guide regales you with
carefully crafted tales from the pages and pavements of Liverpool’s
Shiverpool are one of the best ghost and history tour operators in
the UK, already offer an infamously spooky selection of the best
guided tours, telling stories with integrity and ingenuity about the
places you never even knew existed and their hidden histories.
John Stone, Shiverpool Director
says:- “Our street theatre style of delivery offers something
different to both the visitor market and the people of our city.
Hidden Histories also enhances and expands our tour offering, to
remember the city’s past can be a thrilling experience and we’ll
hope to open up the city’s treasure chest to all keen history
hunters who wish to explore.”
Tickets cost just £5 and can be booked over the telephone or you can
arrive at the start of the tour at 1.45pm and purchase a ticket from
the guide (subject to availability). The tours are bound
to be popular with both locals and visitors so book early to
guarantee your place and don’t forget your camera!
Every Saturday during August at 2.00pm from the Old Dock Well
(outside John Lewis), Liverpool ONE.
Tours last approximately 2 hours and end at St Georges Hall.
How to Book... call:- 0151 709 2030 to confirm places.
Alternative booking and more
information visit their
can also be purchased from the guide on the day (subject to
availability), please arrive at 1.45pm if you would like to purchase
a ticket this way.