About Unity - Unity Theatre

Unity Theatre is open to everybody to be inspired and entertained, and to enjoy outstanding live experiences, up-close.

We invite established and emerging artists to explore our world, presenting work that asks questions, breaks boundaries and challenges accepted norms. We are passionate about championing our community. The stories and lives of Liverpool residents are reflected on our stages, presenting art by the people – not just about the people.

Unity helps develop diverse theatre-makers at every stage of their careers, providing creative opportunities across Merseyside to develop artists’ interests, skills, confidence and careers.

We help you to get more out of your experience at Unity; to spark debate, explore ideas and make sense of our world. Whether you join us for a post-show Q&A, attend a screening or download a podcast, your journey doesn’t have to end with the performance. We hope you leave stimulated, open-minded and with renewed compassion for everybody around you.

Unity Theatre is most grateful to our supporters, especially our main funders Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council, who also funded our 2017 capital redevelopment along with Garfield Weston Foundation, P.H. Holt, The Granada Foundation, The Ravensdale Trust and The Rex Makin Family.

Unity has a fascinating history, with its roots in a national theatre movement that played a vital role in the theatrical and political life of the UK.

The Unity Theatre movement was born in the 1930s, producing politically left-wing work by and for working-class audiences. Merseyside Left Theatre was formed in this period, later becoming Merseyside Unity Theatre in 1944. The company was audaciously radical and experimental, and unlike many Unity Theatres, the Merseyside group staged classics alongside contemporary theatre.

In the 1960s, things began to change. Mainstream venues started to meet the demand for radical theatre and the Unity Theatre movement started to disappear along with many theatre clubs. Merseyside Unity Theatre survived, and moved to its current home of a former synagogue on Hope Place in 1980, later becoming the Unity Theatre it is today.

Artistic Director & CEO: Gordon Millar

Our Artistic Director and CEO is Gordon Millar. Gordon began his career with Complicite and subsequent roles have included Theatre Director for HQ Theatres, Producer for Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Administrative Producer for the Barbican Centre, General Manager for Frantic Assembly and Programmer for the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Chris Bliss – Chair of Board
Ngunan Adamu
Yvonne Bottomley
Gitika Buttoo
Mike Cavanagh
Ruth Cobban
Liz Ewards
Catrina Hewitson
Marcia Jennings
Sarah Jones
Graham Pengelly

Bill Kenwright CBE – Theatre Producer
Josette Bushell Mingo OBE – Actor and Director
David Morrissey – Actor, Director and Producer
Andrew Lancel – Actor and Producer
John Bishop – Comedian and Actor

We are especially grateful to all our casual staff and volunteers for all they contribute.

The administration office is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Call 0151 709 4988 to contact a member of staff.

Jobs and Opportunities

Keep an eye out for paid and volunteer positions at Unity.