Welcome to LipService Theatre!

An Announcement from Sue Ryding, Joint Artistic Director
It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Maggie Fox, my comedy partner of 40 years and co-Artistic Director of LipService. Maggie passed away in March with her family around her. Consequently the Spring Tour of Chateau Ghoul has been cancelled. As you can imagine I am completely heartbroken.
We are still all in a state of shock as this was very sudden following an accident. We had planned a new digital version of Chateau Ghoul which we had already filmed which will be shared with you later in the year in memory of Maggie, plus some live events using the huge amount of digital footage we thankfully have archived. Details to be published when have a plan.
Thank you for supporting us over all these years, we are so lucky to have such a loyal audience. We do hope you will join us to celebrate her comedy genius later in the year.

LipService – A Life of Laughter

Join us on Monday 23rd May at 7pm as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival for LipService - A Life of Laughter. This is a recorded interview with Maggie & Sue interspersed with archive footage from some comedy classics. It will be shown at Chorlton High School where Maggie was a Governor and supporter of their arts programme. Tickets are free and can be booked here but donations to Cancer Research would be most welcome.

Welcome to the home of LipService Theatre, “Britain’s favourite literary lunatics” - The Independent

LipService make original comedy shows from a distinctly female perspective. Since our formation in 1985 we have created 22 original theatre shows, lots of site specific work for heritage organisations, had 2 radio series and quite a few TV appearances, plus national and international tours and a few awards along the way.


Trailer for Château Ghoul


A few of you have been in touch generously offering to donate to LipService Theatre during these difficult times of theatre closures. We really value your support and feel very touched by this generosity. To make it easier for you we have created a PayPal donate button. We hope we will be seeing you in theatres in the non too distant future. In the meantime stay safe.

Some funny films

To keep you entertained while waiting for our live show to hit a theatre near you, we have made a series of short comic films to keep you giggling. Our first two are below. Enjoy!

The Bronte sisters in quarantine

Mrs Gaskell’s online book club

Our mission

LipService create original comedies from a distinctly female perspective. We have won many awards, most recently the Stage Door Foundation Award for Excellence.

When lockdown started we were in the middle of a tour of our current show, a murder mystery set on a model train called Strangers on a Train Set. The show has been touring across the UK and we have had great audience feedback: "Don't miss the train, buy tickets!".  "A great evening of pant waving entertainment". "The best night I've had in the theatre for years". We are now in rehearsals for Chateau Ghoul touring to venues from autumn 21.

LipService Theatre is delighted to be an Associate Artist at Salford University.

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LipService Upcoming Shows

  • Lip Service - A Life of Laughter
  • Chorlton Arts Festival
  • Blue Box Theatre
  • Chorlton High School
  • Monday 23rd May 7pm
  • Tickets free
  • Book here
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  • Between the Covers - Literaray Liaisons
  • Filmed at Elizabeth Gaskell's House
  • Download available for £3
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Funding news

LipService is delighted to receive an award from the Continuity Support Fund from DCMS. So we shall continue! #HereForCulture. Thank you @DCMS; @ace_national

LipService receive Continuity Support Funding

Brian & Brenda express their thanks to DCMS, Arts Council England, the RAC and others

A short but very serious video expressing our thanks

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