We are celebrating 35 years of LipService Theatre!


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LipService are delighted and relieved to receive Culture Recovery funding from @DCMS to help us to be sustainable through this difficult period of Coronavirus and beyond #HereForCulture. This money will allow us to continue creating our new show Chateau Ghoul. The show will hopefully tour in Summer/Autumn next year but we shall also create an interactive digital experience so our audiences can access the show online. The funding enables us to employ 21 diverse freelance artists over the 6 month period and provides us with capacity to extend our access reach. We are over the moon! Thank you @DCMS; @hmtreasury; @ace_national

This year we celebrate 35 years of making original comedy from a distinctly female perspective. In the summer of 1985 we took our very first show Coming On Late to the Edinburgh Fringe and the rest is history. We have made 22 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.

We are currently in the research and development phase of a new show, a farce set in a hotel called Chateau Ghoul. We were going to share some short scenes with audiences at Oldham Coliseum and New Adelphi in June. Instead we are making an interactive live streamed Zoomathon. We have just completed 2 days of socially distanced filming and hope to be sending out ticket links soon. In the meantime, to give you a flavour,  here we are having some costume fittings.

Costume fittings for Chateau Ghoul


As a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), very sadly all our scheduled performances of Strangers On A Train Set have been cancelled for the forseeable future. If you have bought a ticket for any of our Spring performances please contact the venue directly. Many theatres are asking audience members to consider donating their initial purchase to support the touring companies and venues.

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!

Mrs Gaskell and Charlotte Bronte run an online book group

The Bronte sisters in quarantine

Our mission

LipService have been creating original comedies from a distinctly female perspective since 1985. 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 hope to complete our tour when theatres reopen.

LipService Theatre is delighted to be an Associate Artist at Salford University. We will have a new show in development during 2020 in partnership with Salford. A farce set in a hotel is all we can tell you for now!

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An audio description of Strangers On A Train Set is available on our access page

  • We are currently unable to confirm when our tour of Strangers On A Train Set will recommence. We will update the site as soon as we have more information.

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