Crown jewel has taken on new lustre

Liverpool’s Astor Theatre seems to get better with age.

The 116-year-old facility has received a facelift over the last couple of years. In addition to improved seating thanks to a gift from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, there have also been flooring, lighting and other upgrades to both the main seating area and the balcony.

More importantly, the theatre has benefitted from the work of its new management and artistic team. Andrew Bursey and Jon Paterson, hired early last year, have done a fantastic job breathing new life into the Astor. Many of their recent theatre, comedy and movie offerings have been exceptionally good. And they’ve injected a sense of fun into the place that was previously lacking.

Just a few days ago, the Astor announced its Main Stage Series, which will feature an intriguing mix of comedy, magic and illusion, classical music and live theatre. A wide range of pricing options and ticket packages give people a chance to tailor their experiences to suit their budgets and personal tastes.

In addition to the vibrant new fare at the Astor, there are also the much-anticipated annual events such as the Christmas concert and musical festival. And of course there’s the biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival, which is only two weeks away.

So do yourself a favour and take advantage of everything the Astor has to offer. It’s one of Queens County’s crown jewels and it’s shining very brightly these days.