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Liverpool Playhouse unveils first season of 2012

THE Liverpool Everyman’s successful production of The Caretaker is to be performed in Australia and across the United States.

Star Jonathan Pryce will reprise his role as Davis the tramp in the production which won rave reviews when it was premiered at the Hope Street theatre in 2009 before transferring to London.

Now the show will be performed at the Adelaide Festival in March next year before going to San Francisco, Ohio, and New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Arts where it will have a two-month run.

The news came as the Playhouse unveiled its spring season.

The theatre had already revealed two key shows – an adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s classic Swallows and Amazons, and Henry V in a collaboration with Shakespeare’s Globe.

The season will open in January with Manchester Royal Exchange’s award-winning Mogadishu, before Everyman and Playhouse artistic director Gemma Bodinetz takes the helm for A Streetcar Named Desire – the first Tennessee Williams play to be staged at the Playhouse for three decades.

Amanda Drew, Sam Troughton and Liverpool’s Leanne Best and Alan Stocks are among the cast.

Spring also sees the return of theatre company Spymonkey with the anarchic new play Oedipussy, where Greek tragedy meets Barbarella.

There is also a new play about the life of Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley.

For Liverpool's eager dance audiences, the Playhouse is welcoming back internationally renowned contemporary dance company Phoenix Dance Theatre for two performances of Crossing Points.

For more information, ring the box office on 0151 709 4776 or visit www.everymanplayhouse.com.