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Issue:- 19 December 2014

Merseyrail theatre goers to cross the Mersey for just 2p

THE team behind the new stage play production of Helen Forrester's Twopence To Cross The Mersey has partnered with Merseyrail, offering theatregoers a very special travel ticket price; just 2p, the same as the title of the show.

Theatregoers are invited to take advantage of a dramatically reduced train price of just 2p
*, when travelling across the River Mersey to the see the production at 2 Merseyside venues, for selected performances. According the organisers, this is the first time that people have been able to cross the river for just 2p since 1948, a staggering 66 years ago!

The new play version of the popular musical will visit four Merseyside theatres during its Spring tour in the region, taking to the road between 10 March 2015 and 23 April, 2015. The specially priced train tickets will be available for people travelling into Liverpool for the Epstein Theatre's matinee and evening performances (2.30pm and 7.30pm) on Wednesday, 18 March 2015. This will be followed on Wednesday, 22 April 2015, for theatregoers travelling across the Mersey to New Brighton for the Floral Pavilion's matinee and evening performances.

* PLEASE NOTE:- The travel will be for a return off peak journey for up to 4 people from anywhere on the Merseyrail network (Northern and Wirral lines only; City Line not included).

Ticket holders can register for a ticket online via the Merseyrail's website using the following links:- or The 2p will be collected at the theatre on arrival and will go to the production charity partner North West Cancer Research.

Merseyrail passengers can also enjoy a £2 discount off their Twopence To Cross The Mersey tickets for any performance at any of the tour's four venues (the offer is available via promotional material available at stations across the Merseyrail network; Northern and the Wirral Lines only; and upon production of a valid Merseyrail ticket).

The tour opens with a 3 week run at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre (10 March to 28 March 2015), followed by visits to Southport Theatre (9 April to 11 April 2015) and St Helens Theatre Royal (14 April to 16 April 2015), and ends with a trip across the River Mersey to the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton (19 April to 23 April 2015).

Co-producer Bill Elms said:- "Our collaboration with Merseyrail is extremely exciting and is something which has never been done before in the show's 10 year history. The Spring Tour will take the play to four Merseyside theatres covering Merseyrail network; so we are thrilled that we've secured the reduced ticket price at all venues for passengers as well as a special 2p travel ticket for theatregoers actually crossing the River Mersey to tie in perfectly with the play."

Kaj Mook, customer services director at Merseyrail, said:- "We are delighted to be working with the team producing the extremely popular Twopence to Cross the Mersey, and we're very much hoping to encourage more people to travel on Merseyrail when they visit local theatres. The special priced travel ticket, together with the theatre ticket price discount, will further enhance customers' overall experience of both the theatre; as well as our trains!"

Helen Forrester's Twopence To Cross The Mersey tells the true story of a young girl and her formerly wealthy family as they are suddenly thrown into poverty during the Great Depression of the 1930s. Leaving behind the nannies, servants and comfortable middle-class life in the South West of England, they uproot their shattered lives and choose Liverpool as the place to start again to rebuild their dreams and fortune. Unbeknown to them however, a terrible shock awaits them.

In its earlier format, the musical version of the show had four hugely successful runs at Liverpool's Empire Theatre, firstly in 2004 and then returning in 2005, 2007 and 2009, with Rob Fennah and production company Pulse Records.

The new version is being staged by Pulse in collaboration with producer and stage writer Rob Fennah and new co-producer Bill Elms. They are joined by Liverpool director Bob Eaton. During an illustrious career spanning more than 40 years, Bob has directed more than 80 professional productions in regional theatres across England, London, New York and Hong Kong. Bob has also written and co-written over 20 plays, musicals and musical adaptations; and most recently won praise for the return of Lennon the musical to Liverpool.

A full all-star cast will be announced soon.

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Epstein Theatre, on Hanover House, Hanover Street, Liverpool, L1 3DZ, from Tuesday, 10 March to Saturday, 28 March 2015.

Eves:- Monday to Saturday from  7:30pm
Mats:- Wednesday and Saturday from 2:30pm

Ticket prices start at £15.50. To book call the Booking Hotline on:- 0844 888 4411, or go to:- or book in person at the Theatre's Box Office that is open from 2pm to 6pm Monday to Thursday and from 12pm to 6pm on Fridays and Saturdays. You an also book via TicketQuarter by calling:- 0844 8000 410 or logging onto:-  or popping in, in person, in to Queen Square, Liverpool City Centre

Southport Theatre, on Promenade, Southport, PR9 0DZ, from Thursday, 9 April to Saturday, 11 April 2015.

Eves:- 7:30pm
Mats:- Sat 2:30pm

Tickets prices start at £15.  To book, call the Booking Hotline on:- 0844 871 3021, or visit or in person at the Theatre's Box Office.

St Helens Theatre Royal, on Corporation St, St Helens WA10 1LQ, from Tuesday, 14 April to Thursday, 16 April 2015.

Eve: 7:30pm
Mats: Thu 2:30pm

Prices for tickets start at £18.  To book go in person to the Theatre Royal's Box Office, from Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can also call:- 01744 756 000 or visit:- 

Floral Pavilion, on Marine Promenade, New Brighton, Wirral, CH45 2JS, from Sunday, 19 April to Thursday, 23 April 2014.

Eve: Sun 6:00pm, Mon-Thu 7:30pm
Mats: Wed 2:30pm

Ticket start at £15 and can be booked via calling:- 0151 666 0000, visit:- or in person at the Theatre Box Office from Monday to Saturday, from  11am to 6pm, alternatively on Sunday 12pm to 4pm.

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