The building the Playhouse is situated in was originally the Star Music Hall, it first became a theatre in 1911 when the Liverpool Repertory Company was formed.
In its first 50 years the stage at the Playhouse has been graced by some of the biggest names in the business. Starts such as Anthony Hopkins, Michael Gambon, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have amazed audiences here.
In 2000, the theatre joined forces with the Everyman to become Liverpool & Merseyside Theatres Trust.
Alongside the main theatre there is also a small studio, this can seat upto 80, and is ideal for more intimate productions. In recent years it has been the rehearsal room for E&P productions. In 2011 as a 100th birthday present to itself, The Studio as it is now known, reopened with a new play The Swallowing Dark by Lizzie Nunnery.