Welcome to LipService Theatre!

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. In fact our BBC Radio 4 sketch show LipService is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Listen to it here

We are currently rehearsing a new show, a farce set in a hotel called Château Ghoul which will be on tour this autumn. In the meantime, while venues remain closed, we will be offering an interactive digital performance. Here is a taster of what's coming.

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 for lockdown

To keep you entertained during these strange times we are making 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

  • Between the Covers - Literaray Liaisons
  • Filmed at Elizabeth Gaskell's House
  • Download available for £3
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  • LipService A Life of Laughter
  • Interview by Portico Library
  • Available online
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  • Chateau Ghoul Live Stage Show
  • The Lowry
  • 29th & 30th October
  • Book tickets
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  • Chateau Ghoul Live Stage Show
  • Bingley Arts Centre
  • 16th December
  • Book tickets
  • In Spring 2022 we will be touring to:
  • Harrogate, Halifax, Wigan, Southport, Tewkesbury, Doncaster, Peterborough, Lancaster and many more!

Funding news

LipService is delighted to announce that we have a received a grant from the second round of the Culture Recovery Fund. This will enable us to create more digital content while theatres remain closed, but also allow us to prepare Château Ghoul for a live tour in the autumn. We will be able to employ many freelance creatives over the coming months.  Thank you @DCMS; @ace_national

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

A short but very serious video expressing our thanks

LipService Tweeting