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Poet Roger McGough to perform at new Liverpool theatre

Roger McGough
Roger McGough will perform his show That Awkward Age

Poet Roger McGough will be the first person to perform in Liverpool Hope University's new theatre.

The Capstone was officially opened by Vasily Petrenko, the principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic on Saturday night.

The 300-seat venue in Shaw Street will open to the public on Sunday night with a performance from Liverpool-born Mr McGough.

The renowned wordsmith will perform his show That Awkward Age.

Others acts lined up to perform in The Capstone include virtuoso pianist Joanna MacGregor, Hope's visiting Professor of Musical Performance, as well as Indian dance specialists Milapfest, the Liverpool Philharmonic's Youth and Community choirs and the West Everton Children's Orchestra.

The Capstone, which was in development for 10 years, was funded with the assistance of the North West Development Agency (NWDA) and the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE).

It will also be one of only three Steinway Schools in the UK. All the pianos in the venue, both for performance and rehearsals, will be Steinways.

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