The first wave of cast for the new stage play sequel of Helen Forrester’s much-loved Twopence To Cross The Mersey has been announced.

By The Waters Of Liverpool will be given its UK premiere this Autumn in Liverpool, where the famous books are set.

The play follows the smash-hit success of Helen Forrester’s Twopence To Cross The Mersey and is being brought to audiences by the team behind both the musical and stage play versions of the award-winning true story.

The Forrester family has been cast, and it’s a warm welcome for three much-loved actors who return to their roles.

Maria Lovelady who received rave reviews for her portrayal in the lead role of Helen Forrester will resume the part.

This will be the third time Maria has played Helen. She made her debut in the premiere of the new stage play of Twopence To Cross The Mersey, which ran for three weeks at the city’s Epstein Theatre in 2015 and was followed by two North West tours.

Maria was also given high praise by Helen Forrester’s son Robert Bhatia, who travelled from Canada in 2015 specially to see the new stage play. He described her portrayal of his mother as “superb”.

Helen Forrester’s son Robert Bhatia said: “I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Twopence To Cross The Mersey as a stage play. The staging was innovative and appropriate to the book. And the cast, led by Maria Lovelady was superb! She was utterly convincing playing my mother!”

Emma Dears returns to play Helen’s Mother. Emma performed alongside Maria in the new stage plays of Twopence since 2015. Emma is best known for her West End performances in Les Miserable and Miss Saigon.

Mark Moraghan has recently appeared in the world premiere of new stage comedy Lennon’s Banjo, he will play Helen’s Father. Mark previously played the role of Father in 2007 when Twopence To Cross The Mersey was a musical. Mark is best known for his roles in Coronation Street andBrookside.

By The Waters Of Liverpool is being staged at the Liverpool Empire from Tuesday 2 October to Saturday 13 October 2018. Tickets are on sale.

Rob Fennah has written both the stage play versions of Twopence To Cross The Mersey and By The Waters Of Liverpool. This next chapter in Helen Forrester’s life story is once again produced by Pulse Records Ltd in association with Bill Elms. The play will be directed by Gareth Tudor Price.

By The Waters Of Liverpool takes us to the next chapter in Helen’s life. It’s now 1939, Britain is on the brink of war, Helen is now aged 20 and has never been kissed by a man. That is until she meets a tall, strong seaman. And falls in love.





Liverpool Empire

Tuesday 2 October – Saturday 13 October 2018


Tuesday 2 October at 7.30pm

Wednesday 3 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Thursday 4 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday 5 October at 7.30pm

Saturday 6 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Sunday 7 October at 5pm

Monday 8 October at 7.30pm

Tuesday 9 October at 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Thursday 11 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday 12 October at 7.30pm

Saturday 13 October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm


Tickets from £12 plus booking fees

Concessions and Group Rates available


To book visit the Empire’s box office, call 0844 871 3017* or buy online at*

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