Cookie Notice

This website uses cookies to ensure the best experience. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Learn more about privacy policy.

Sir Thomas Beecham
Sir Thomas Beecham
Photograph provided St Helens Local History & Archives

As part of the nationally-renowned Cultural Hubs, arts in libraries programme, FdA Theatre and Performance students from University Centre St Helens will bring the history of St Helens to life this month through a very special show.

The Greatest St Helens Show fuses music, dance and storytelling to celebrate the those that, over the years, have made the town great.
Taking place in three libraries across the borough on Thursday 13th December, the Greatest St Helens Show has a contemporary edge, rooted in the history of the town, and mixes fact with a smattering of artistic licence.

Councillor Anthony Burns, portfolio holder for libraries at St Helens Council said: “St Helens is steeped in such a rich history and this show is all about shining a light on influential figures, such as the likes of Sir Thomas Beecham, who have contributed in making sure our borough is known the world over.

“This year, as part of our 150th anniversary as a municipal borough, we have been celebrating all things St Helens through special events.

“As the curtain falls on our anniversary year, this show is an opportunity for residents to show off a bit of local pride as the stars of St Helens’ 150-year history are brought to life before your very eyes. Go and see it while you can.”

Ian Greenall, Programme Leader for the FdA Theatre and Performance degree at University Centre St Helens added:

“This performance continues our collaboration with Cultural Hubs Arts in Libraries, and is the third in a trilogy of works that have explored the history and people of the town. The projects provide a perfect opportunity for first year FdA Theatre and Performance students to experience creating work in a professional context and working to a brief with a client. The performances are programmed alongside professional work as part of the Arts in Libraries programme. We are especially proud this year to make a performance which marks the end of the town’s 150 year celebrations. The work mixes spoken word with movement and singing and is built from extensive research, mixed with a smattering of artistic license!”

The Greatest St Helens Show will be performed at Newton-le-Willows Library at 12.00pm; Rainford Library at 3.00pm; and Haydock Library at 7.00pm.

To accommodate people who are deaf or have hearing impairments, the show will have integrated British Sign Language built in to the performance.

This event is open to the public, and while free to attend, booking is advised and can be done online at

Alternatively, call 01744 677446 to book and find out more.