Welcome to Our Singing Waiter Dinner Shows in Liverpool

Looking for exciting new dinner shows in Liverpool then Mulholland Bar can deliver with our latest and greatest leap forward in food service.

We’ve combined the musical talents of gifted individuals with fantastic food and delicious drink for people in Liverpool to enjoy a truly spectacular dining experience.

Welcome to Mulholland Bar’s Singing Waiters

Bringing something new and exciting to the table, literally, Mulholland Bar has assembled a cast of singing waiters to serve up their delicious and unique movie-themed dishes.

So, when dining at Mullholland Bar you can order a plate of rainbow coloured nacho’s and a Spice Girl Pizza and on the side, you’ll get a rendition of a well-known power ballad or a showstopping Disney chorus.

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We wanted to spice up dinner shows in Liverpool with more than just flavours and ingredients and decided to add a dash of theatrical flair to the menu as well.

Now you can enjoy a slice of pizza topped with a classic song or show tune too.

Where is Mulholland You Ask?

Forming part of Liverpool’s popular nightlife district, the Ropewalks, Mulholland Bar is at home nestled between some of the city’s most exciting clubs and bars.

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On a night out in Liverpool, you simply can’t miss all the action at this end of town that promises to deliver a one of a kind nightlife experience any time of the year.

Located underneath Liverpool’s top movie-themed hotel, Arthouse, Mulholland Bar has a retro Hollywood style which encapsulates the bygone era of magical movie making.

With stars from the silver screen gracing the décor and inspiring the creative cocktail menu too.

Why Not Stay the Night?

Make Mulholland Bar the first stop at the beginning of your night in Liverpool by booking any of the fabulous movie-themed group accommodation at Arthouse Hotel.

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Choose from a wide selection of movie genres including rooms from the thrilling Alfred Hitchcock floor inspired by his classic masterpieces Birds and Vertigo.

Or perhaps accommodation from the enchanting musicals floor might be more to your taste. In that case, choose from rooms themed around all our favourite musical greats from Mary Poppins to Chicago.

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The final themed floor at Arthouse Hotel has been outfitted to honour some of the great works of Andy Warhol including his racy movie Chelsea Girls and the popular Marilyn Monroe Pop Art piece that gained him notoriety long after his death.

All the rooms in Arthouse Hotel perfectly compliment Mulholland Bar’s film theme and are the perfect places to stay when attending what are set to be the most spectacular dinner shows in Liverpool yet!

Book Now!

Perfect for your most special events including hen parties, special birthday celebrations or simply a fantastic night out on the town with friends our Mulholland Singing Waiter dinner shows in Liverpool are not to be missed.

Call 0151 305 7900 for more information and to arrange an overnight stay in Liverpool’s most creative movie-themed hotel call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk today.

66 Facts You Didn’t Know About The Film ‘Grease’

One of the most famous and greatly loved musicals of all time, Grease is the story of the friendships, romances and adventures of a group of high school kids in the 1950’s.

But no matter how many times you’ve seen it, there are still loads of interesting facts you probably didn’t know. Even the biggest Grease fans will tell you that they discover something new when they watch it for the umpteenth time.

Here at the Arthouse Hotel, Grease is one of our all time favourite films, which is why we’ve dedicated an entire suite to the classic high school flick.

We’ve done our research and found a staggering 66 undiscovered Grease film facts.

See how many you knew already!

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Inspiration

Grease the movie is based on the 1971 Broadway musical of the same name.

The Broadway musical was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

Jacobs was an advertising copywriter and Warren Casey was a high-school art teacher. They met through an amateur theatre group in Chicago in the early 1960’s, at high school Jacobs had been a greaser and Casey had been bookish and studious.

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The film is set in 1958, 20 years before the actual release date on 1st June 1978.

It was directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Bronte Woodard.

Casting

Sandy

The wonderful Carrie Fisher was considered for the role of Sandy.

Both Marie Osmond and Susan Dey turned down the role of Sandy, Osmond apparently didn’t want her future children to see her in the film, especially the last scenes.

Before Olivia Newton-John was cast as Sandy, she insisted on having a screen test to make sure she would be the right fit for the character and to determine whether she had onscreen chemistry with Travolta.

Danny

Henry Winkler, a.k.a ‘The Fonz’ turned down playing Danny Zuko because the character was too similar to Fonzie, the tough guy with a heart of gold he was already playing on Happy Days.

The Guardian Angel

Elvis was asked to play the Guardian Angel role in the film, but he didn’t accept the role. It was taken by Frankie Avalon instead.

An Art Teacher

Andy Warhol nearly played the part of an art teacher, but various misunderstandings meant the role could never be decided on.

Held Back a Few Years?

None of the actors were anywhere near high school age, John Travolta was 23, Olivia Newton-John was 29, Jeff Conaway was 26 and Dennis Stewart aka ‘Crater face’ was 30.

Stockard Channing was the eldest of the teenage performers during the filming, she was 33.

The two closest to high school age were Lorenzo Lamas (Tom) and Dinah Manoff (Marty), they were both 19.

On Set

Beauty School Dropout

This scene nearly didn’t happen, Frankie Avalon had an intense fear of heights, so the slippery three-storey staircase didn’t seem so dreamy after all. To solve the problem they put mattresses alongside the steps.

The Dance Scenes

All of the background dancers were named, which doesn’t usually happen in films. Among them were Sauce, Bart, Bubba, Midge and Moose.

Most of the extras that featured in the dance scenes had won a nationwide contest to be in the film.

Dinah Manoff who played Marty couldn’t dance so she sat out every single dance scene.

Rydell High

The high school name Rydell High is a reference to Bobby Rydell, a teen idol known for his 1960’s pop and rock singles.

Rydell High is actually three different real Los Angeles high schools. The outside is Venice High School, the interior is Huntington Park High School and the school field was at John Marshall High School.

It took a week to shoot the dance contest scene and originally Sandy was not intended to dance, it was supposed to be just Danny and Cha Cha.

Hair Dye

Jamie Donnelly (who played Jan) was already growing grey hair when she signed onto “Grease.” To play the part of a high schooler, she had to dye her hair dark brown.

Originally, Lorenzo Lamas who played Tom Chisum had black slicked back hair which made him look too much like a T-Bird, he was told to dye his hair a lighter colour, so he was sent to Rodeo Drive to dye his hair blonde.

Travolta wanted his hair dyed blue-black, inspired by Elvis.

Arguments and Illness

There was originally an extra fight scene between Kenickie and Rizzo to explain why she throws the milkshake at him in the diner, but producers decided it was too heavy for the movie, calling it the “Martin Scorsese scene.”

John Travolta argued with Randal Kleiser, the director, over the end of the song “Sandy”. He wanted a close-up of himself instead of the cartoon shot of a hot dog diving into a bun, Kleiser disagreed.

A number of cast members got ill whilst filming the drag race scene, the water was stagnant and dangerous.

The Rydell prom scene was shot during a heat wave in California and several of the extras had to be treated for heat stroke and other heat-related illnesses.

Grease is the Word

Grease may be the word, but it’s never actually said once in the entire script, only the word ‘greased’ is sung during the song ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Originally Kenickie was supposed to perform ‘Greased Lightnin’, but Travolta fought to sing the number himself and won.

Name Changes

Producers utilised Olivia Newton-John’s popularity by allowing her to keep her Australian accent and changing Sandy’s last name from American ‘Dumbrowski’ to Australian ‘Olsen’.

In the stage version the boy’s group is called the Burger Palace Boys, this was changed to the T-birds for the film.

‘You’re The One That I Want’

The song ‘You’re The One That I Want’ was filmed at a travelling carnival that was only in town for one day, close ups had to be recreated by the set department.

Olivia Newton-John’s leggings were so tight that the zip was broken, she had to be sewn into them.

Not everyone could handle the carnival rides, Eddie Deezen who played Eugene was on a spinning ride after a scene was ended and threw up.

The ‘You’re The One That I Want’ scene only took one afternoon to film.

Trivia

The character of Danny could have been a busboy, the producer Allan Carr also imagined the greaser working at a gas station, singing a song called “Gas Pump Jockey.”

John Travolta started rehearsals for Grease just four days after completing filming for Saturday Night Fever.

It’s reported that the cast chewed their way through 100,000 pieces of bubblegum during the filming.

Originally, Grease was supposed to be an animated film, but the idea was scraped. To honour the idea they kept the opening credit animations.

The ‘Hickey’s from Kenickie’ that Rizzo tries to cover up were real, given by Jeff Conaway who played Kenickie, to make them look more authentic.

Jeff Conaway had a really big crush on Olivia Newton-John and was nervous around her on set, he ended up marrying her sister.

In Mexico and Venezuela, Grease in known as Vaselina.

Because Jeff Conaway was taller than John Travolta, Kenickie was often slouching when filming so that the lead actor of the movie seemed taller.

Cameos and Almost Camoes

When a coca-cola product placement deal fell through during post-production, multiple shots of coca cola products and advertisements had to be digitally removed or blurred out.

The Beach Boys almost made a guest appearance, Allan Carr originally imagined the surf rock quartet performing ‘Greased Lightnin’.

Danny’s blue windbreaker at the beginning of the film was intended as a nod to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause.

John Travolta’s sister, Ellen Travolta, plays a diner waitress with a single line – ‘Oh, there’s Danny and Sandy’ while watching the dance on TV.

The gang that played the famous trio, Sonny, Putzie and Doody, wanted to honour the Three Stooges and so they asked the producers to pay a small tribute prior to the bonfire scene.

Terminator star Michael Biehn makes an appearance in Grease in the scene where Danny and Kenickie put the frog in Patty’s bag.

The Soundtrack

Two number one hit singles came from the Grease soundtrack, “Grease” and ” You’re The One That I Want”.

The title song ‘Grease’ was written by Barry Gibb, sang by Frankie Valli and Peter Frampton played the guitar.

Lots of songs were cut from the final film, however they can be heard in the background of certain shots.

The “Alma Mater/Parody” instrumental from the stage version of Grease can be heard in the office on the last day of school and during the carnival scenes.

Sandy’s solo “Hopelessly Devoted To You” almost didn’t make the cut and was only added after the film was made. The song was nominated for an Oscar.

Reception

Grease was the highest grossing film of 1978.

Olivia Newton-John attended the film premiere in a prom dress and then for the after party, she changed into her second look, a hot pink spandex.

The official premiere after-party was at the famous Studio 54.

Grease won every People’s Choice Award for which it was nominated – Favourite Motion Picture Actress (Olivia Newton-John), Favourite Motion Picture Supporting Actress (Stockard Channing), Favourite Musical Motion Picture, and Favourite Overall Motion Picture.

Sequels and The Musical

Producers originally wanted to create 3 movies and a TV series but when the first sequel, Grease 2, flopped with $15 million at the box office the other movies were cancelled.

There was a planned sequel called Summer School which was completely different from Grease 2.

Didi Conn was the only one of the Pink Ladies and T-Birds to make an appearance in Grease 2.

Grease the musical is still a successful show and you can still get tickets to see it.

Reunions

Travolta and Newton-John reunited in 1983 for the romantic comedy Two of a Kind. 

They also released a duet Christmas album in 2012, called This Christmas.

There is a crazy fan theory that suggests that the entire musical is actually Sandy’s journey to the afterlife, the story goes that she died when she drowned at the beach and the car is taking them to heaven at the end. Make of that what you will.

The Grease Room At The Arthouse

At the Arthouse Hotel we know that Grease is a classic that should be celebrated.

Our unique Grease-inspired room has been designed as a tribute to the hit 1978 musical, with Sandy and Danny immortalised on the ceiling.

Relax in style, as our Grease room features a large screen TV, kitchenette and a double Jacuzzi bath.

Sleeping up to 6 people, our stunning room is the perfect way to stay in Liverpool city centre, as we’re closely located to the city’s finest restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

We also offer our guests a whole host of amazing offers and packages, that are sure to make your stay even better! Check out our website to see if there’s something for you.

There’s nothing left for you to do but book a stay with us by calling our friendly booking team on 0151 541 9999.

10 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol

Bold. Flashy. Eccentric. That’s three words to describe the cult legend of Andy Warhol. The father figure of pop art is famous for capturing humanity’s obsession with celebrity culture and advertising in his experimental film, painting and sculpture.

But like his art, the flashy, grey-haired provocateur had a complex backstory behind his eccentric lifestyle. In fact, his life is full of intriguing anecdotes and unusual quirks. Did you know these 10 facts about Andy Warhol?

1. He was a devote Catholic…

Although we associated Warhol with his provocative art and subversive entourage, he grew up as a practicing Ruthenian Catholic. His parents immigrated to the US from Slovakia and brought their religious beliefs with them. As an adult, the famous artist continued to practice his religion, attending mass at Manhattan’s Upper East Side most days.

The iconic painter wore a crucifix necklace, carried a rosary and was a regular volunteer at the church-lead soup kitchen in his neighbourhood.

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2. …And a mummy’s boy

Julia Warhola was her son’s closest companion. They lived and worked together for almost two decades and the artist’s mother even appeared in his film Mrs. Warhol.

She also helped him out by providing lettering for many of his projects. Warhol’s father, Andrej, died when the artist was just 13 years old.

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Julia Warhola by Andy Warhol, 1974

3. He moonlighted as the Velvet Underground’s band manager

The American rock band fronted by Lou Reed and famous for being one of the most influential groups on rock, underground and experimental music were briefly managed by Warhol.

In 1965, after being introduced to the band, Warhol became their manager. He hlped the band secure a recording contract with MGM’s Verve Records and acted as a producer.

During this career diversion, Warhol included the Velvet Underground is his multimedia roadshow Exploding plastic Inevitable, which combined Warhol’s films with the band’s music.

4. He wore wigs to cover up a balding scalp

Warhol began to go bald in his early 20s and took to wearing wigs to obscure his hair loss. His silver wigs became iconic, contributing to his image as a mad-hat artist and provocateur.

One of his most famous pieces, a series of self-portraits called Fright Wig, utilised his fake hair to create a now legendary image.

5. He once published a cookbook

Wild Raspberries, created by the artist and his friend Suzie Frankfurt, was a parody of pretentious French-style cook books. Published in 1959, the book included 19 illustrations and a number of recipes mocking traditional haute cuisine.

Dishes included Omelet Greta Garbo (‘to be eaten alone’) and Roast Iguana Andalusian.

 6. He designed an album cover that was nominated for a Grammy Award

Warhol worked as a freelance commercial artist for companies including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker and Columbia Records in the 1950s and 1960s.

He created cover art for a number of iconic bands and performers including the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. The 1971 cover for the Rolling Stone’s Sticky Fingers album was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Album Cover.

He didn’t win though – the accolade went to a band called Pollution.

7. He trained as a classical artist

It’s hard to believe that the iconic and subversive artist ever created anything we could define as ‘traditional art’, but Warhol actually studied at the Carnegie Institute for Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949.

During his student years, he faced some opposition from professors who didn’t wholly approve of his unique approach and he sometimes had to do additional coursework over the summer to retain a good academic standing.

After a world trip, in which he travelled to places such as Japan, India, Italy and Egypt, he began to visualise ambitions beyond commercial art and moved towards what we now would call ‘Warhol’ style work.

8. He collected taxidermy

The artist owned a number of stuffed animals, including a lion, a peacock, a penguin, a moose’s head and a Great Dane, called Cecil. Warhol bought the dog for $300 in the late 60s, and the stuffed canine stood guard outside his studio from 1969 to 1987.

The iconic artist had a soft spot for dogs – he also owned a (live) dachshund called Archie and often spent time in the company of fellow artist and actress Brigid Berlin’s pugs.

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Andy Warhol and his dog, Archie. Source: Wiki Commons | Jack Mitchell

9. Someone once tried to kill him

On June 3, 1968 a radical feminist called Valeria Jean Solanas entered Warhol’s workspace, the Factory, and shot him.

She had previously been in one of Warhol’s films, I, A Man and, due to poor mental health, grew paranoid about her work and who she had been working with.

After the attack, Valeria handed herself in and was treated for paranoid Schizophrenia. Warhol suffered from damage to his lungs, oesophagus, spleen, liver and stomach but recovered after an extended stay in a New York hospital. He had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.

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Valeria Jean Solanas (middle) shot Warhol with the intent to kill him

10. You can stay in an Andy Warhol-inspired hotel suite…

At the Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by the artistic efforts of Warhol to create interiors that replicate his eccentric designs. Some of our most popular suites celebrate his iconic artwork.

From the opulent Marilyn Monroe suite, to the seductive Lips, you can enjoy the visual artistry of Warhol’s most famous pieces while indulging in the luxurious amenities on offer. Whether you’re a Chelsea Girl or looking for your 15 minutes of fame, we’ve got the perfect room for your stay.

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The Lips Room is inspired by one of Warhol’s most simple artworks

Sleeping up to six guests, all our Warhol suites come equipped with ultra-comfortable beds, large flat-screen TV and a Bluetooth multimedia sound system. They’ve also all got opulent bathrooms with double whirlpool baths and waterfall showers.

Arthouse Hotel is ideally located, giving guests access to the best nightlife, shopping and dining venues in the city, guaranteeing a visit to Liverpool you’ll never forget.

To book, call our team on 0151 395 7900.

 

Celebrate At Arthouse As Champagne Turns 90 Years Old

When it comes to finding unique places to stay in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel always delivers. Located in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife district groups can enjoy celebrating a special occasion in style.

What better way to toast to a super special occasion than by popping a cork of the bubbly stuff inside our Hitchcock themed hotel room, Champagne?

Champagne The Movie

The 9th of Hitchcock silent movie marvels, Champagne gave us teasers as to what was to come from the Master of Suspense.

Clever camera work was used from the onset as we stare at a 20s party in full swing through the bottom of a champagne glass as it’s being drained.

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Champagne is proof that Hitchcock’s talents need no words and his skills could captivate any audience well before he sashayed into producing the thrillers and horrors he became so well known for.

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Happy 90th Birthday to Champagne the movie, you are looking good for an OAP.

Champagne Rules

To celebrate Champagne, turning 90 years old here are a few rules about how to drink the bubbliest of beverages like a pro.

#1 Always Point The Cork Away From People

There’s an art to opening a bottle of Champagne. Simply hold the cork and twist the bottle, this should minimise injury and spillage.

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#2 Savour Every Drop

There’s nothing more wasteful than Champagne spillage and this is why spraying your guests with the good stuff is a no, no. Hold tight and pour into a suitable receptacle.

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#3 Chill Before Serving

Take a leaf out of Eddie’s book and always make sure there’s an adequate amount of prechilled Champagne to hand. There’s nothing more embarrassing than running out!

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#4 Sip Don’t Slurp

If you don’t want to be that person whose speech becomes slurred before the first bubbles pop then take it slow and sip your Champagne, savour the flavour.

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#5 Have the Right Glass

Experts have decided that Champagne flutes are a thing of the past and the bigger the glass the better so get your hands of a goblet for the ultimate Champagne drinking experience.

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#6 Clinky

Despite what may be said among the snootier circles, the clinky is still an acceptable custom. Toast to your good health, the night ahead or the popping of the next bottle whatever the reason a clinky is a must.

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#7 Invest in A Magnum

Whether you have a large group or not a Magnum is simply the only way to go when it comes to drinking Champagne . . . just stick to the aforementionned rules and take it slow, using a glass!

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#8 Acceptable Garnish

Some Champagne connoisseurs may think that adding anything to your bubbly is sacrilege but we say there are a few acceptable garnishes such as certain fruits and liqueurs, find your favourite by experimenting with acceptable garnishes.

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#9 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

Bubbly can have quite an elevating effect, in fact, it’s been proven to generally lighten anyone’s mood, although some can feel effects quicker than others so tread softly when it comes to quaffing your Champers.

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#10 Even So Too Much Is Just Enough

Even though you could feel extremely tipsy quite quickly the pleasant buzz that comes from drinking Champagne is a treat so enjoy knowing that you can never really have too much Champagne.

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The Champagne Room

Based on an early piece of Hitchcock’s movie mastery, our Champagne room sleeps 6 guests and has a decadent décor of gleaming gold, perfectly replicating a glass of the good stuff.

There aren’t any other places to stay in Liverpool as glamorous and chic as the Champagne room at Arthouse Hotel and finding your way to some of the best Liverpool nightlife is easy, literally one step outside the door.

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Bustling bars such as Alma de Cuba, Peacocks, Aloha and Blind Tiger will certainly be able to help you continue your Champagne themed evening. So get yourselves glammed up and get ready to dazzle as you celebrate your special occasion with us at Arthouse Hotel.

Book using any of our amazing accommodation offers here, and arrange for chilled bottles of bubbly to welcome you into our Champagne room.

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Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information or to book your stay.

Our Biggest Ever Giveaway: Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living

When Signature Living opened the Arthouse Hotel in late 2016, the Signature brand was only just getting started.

But now, the Hollywood-themed hotel is part of a country-wide hospitality empire that started right here in Liverpool.

Growing from just four serviced apartments with a personalized touch in Liverpool’s city centre to a national hotelier, Signature Living has had 10 years of wild dreams and spectacular launches.

We’ve taken on near-impossible restoration projects, preserved iconic hero’s legacies  and hosted magical weddings in breathtaking venues, while also ensuring that the party-lovers of Liverpool continue to enjoy jaw-dropping, unique venues at the heart of the city.

Safe to say, it’s been a spectacular few years. And after a decade of success, we’re pleased to announce that we’re celebrating with our #biggestevergiveaway…

Two Years of The Arthouse Hotel

Building on our previous success with party accommodation in the city, the movie-themed party pads at Arthouse gave a brand new, star-studded side to Signature’s Liverpool venues.

After the glamourous, celebrity-filled launch of the Arthouse bar (now Mulholland) which introduced Seel Street to a Signature night out, the hotel opened its doors and offered luxurious, film-themed party suites to the city’s most glamorous girl squads and party-loving man packs.

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The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

Whether you want to follow the yellow brick road to our Wizard of Oz room, or have a night of Rock Horror Show drama, our themed suites offer luxurious accommodation with incredible faculties including spa baths and ultra-comfortable beds.

And with the opening of our stunning Skyline Suites in 2017, the Arthouse had its own penthouse party pad, offering accommodation for groups of up to 12 and giving them exclusive access to an in-room roman bath for the ultimate pool parties looking out over Liverpool’s beautiful skyline.

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One of our Skyline Suites, at Arthouse Hotel

In only two short year, the Arthouse has become some of Liverpool’s most popular party accommodation. With our take-over of Alma de Cuba in December 2016, we cemented ourselves as the leading night-life influence on Liverpool’s Seel Street.

It’s been a wild ride. And after 10 years of Signature success we want to give you, our followers, a giveaway like no other to celebrate #Signature10 and the excitement of the last decade…

Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living

Growing from four serviced apartments for Liverpool’s most dedicated party lovers into a national hospitality provider, Signature Living’s founders Katie and Lawrence Kenwright have realized their wildest dreams in the past 10 years.

And on the 10th anniversary of the company, the generous pair want to make your hopes and dreams a reality too.

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Katie and Lawrence Kenwright

As we begin our official birthday celebrations on the 14th August, we’ll be launching Signature Living’s biggest giveaway yet. Each month for 12 months, a life-changing prize will be announced on social media – prizes that will make a real difference and change your life forever!

Katie and Lawrence want to give back to you, our Signature followers, with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and spectacular experiences.

From planting the seeds of change, to indulging in thrills like no other, all the prizes have a definite Signature touch, celebrating our ten years of unique hospitality service.

Get ready to be revved up by our unbelievable giveaway that includes sizzling-hot surprises, ice-cool adventures and sparkling Signature celebrations.

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Dive into our biggest competition yet, as we jet off into 12 months of jam-packed festivities for our 10year anniversary carnival.

You’ve been here for our biggest moments, so now we want to make your special occasions as successful and spectacular as our own.

Keep tuned into our social media, where we will be announcing our biggest giveaway yet (#biggestevergiveaway) every month! For more information on our amazing prizes, check out biggestevergiveaway.co.uk. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Follow our Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

 

International Beatleweek in Liverpool: What’s On & Accommodation

International Beatleweek is returning this August in Liverpool. The annual festival see fans from over 40 countries Come Together for the fun.

If you’ll be enjoying the best of Beatleweek this year in Liverpool, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable events and where to stay in style!

Taking place from 22nd August – 28th August 2018, get ready for an unforgettable week with our latest guide…

Beatleweek 2018 – What’s On

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Taking fans back to where it all began, International Beatleweek will kick off at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The fun will begin on Wednesday 22nd August where festival goers can look forward to Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music across three stages covering the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub.

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Thursday 23rd August 

On Thursday, the fun will continue at the Cavern Club. Bands and fans from across the globe will gather at the iconic Mathew Street venue for a day of live music.

Friday 24th August

It’s George’s Birthday – Alma de Cuba (12:00pm – 6:00pm) 

This year, George Harrison would have celebrated his 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, performers will be paying tribute to George throughout the afternoon, followed by a special finale. Fans can also enjoy live music all day outside on the patio stage.

Alma de Cuba is an iconic bar and restaurant in Liverpool, situated only moments from Arthouse Hotel on dynamic Seel Street.

The Analogues Present “The White Album” – Philharmonic Hall ( 8:00pm)

Holland’s premier Beatles band The Analogues will take to the grand Philharmonic Hall stage and play The Beatles (White Album) in its entirety.

Friday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (Starting at 11:30pm – 5:00am)

The first of the week’s late night parties will showcase live music and bring fans the chance to celebrate until 5am!

Saturday 25th August

Early Days at the Locarno – The Olympia (12:00pm – 6:00pm)

Beatleweek festivities usually incorporate a day out. And this year, attendees can look forward to stepping back in time at The Olympia (formerly known as the Locarno Ballroom).

The Beatles played at the breathtaking venue on Valentine’s Day back in 1963. And this is a wonderful chance to relive the Beatlemania.

The Lennon & McCartney Songbook – Philharmonic Hall (8:00pm)

Hosted at Liverpool’s grand Philharmonic Hall, this special show will feature Beatleweek artists and special guests, celebrating the 60 years of song-writing between Beatles legends Lennon & McCartney.

Saturday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)

Saturday’s party is the perfect way to spend your Saturday night with entertainment until late.

Sunday 26th August

Annual Beatles Convention – Adelphi Hotel (11:00am)

Bringing fans together for a fantastic day, the Adelphi will play host to live music, films, guests speakers, Ringo Bingo and a flea market of unmissable memorabilia.

Guests speakers include the one and only Pattie Boyd alongside Freda Kelly, Tony Bramwell and Joey Molland.

Sunday Adelphi Party –  Adelphi Hotel (11:59pm) 

The fun will continue at the Sunday Adelphi Party until 5am!

Monday 27th August

Scousechella – Grand Central Hall (Midday – 6:00pm)

The line up for Coachella in 2016 was a great one. The festival saw Sir Paul McCartney take to the stage alongside music icons Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters.

Bringing Beatles fans their very own Scousechella, fans can look forward to six of the best tribute artists paying homage to the star-studded line up.

Fab Four Finale – Hard Days Night Hotel (8:00pm)

Catch the “Fab Four Finale” with live music covering 4 stages at Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel.

Monday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)

With Beatleweek drawing to a close, don’t miss the Monday night party for the last late night celebration!

Tuesday 28th August 

 Tuesday at the Cavern – The Cavern Club (10:30am)

The final day of Beatleweek will offer one last chance to get your Cavern Club fix with live music across two stages.

Where to Stay for Beatleweek

Arthouse Hotel offers the perfect place to stay for International Beatleweek in Liverpool. Specialising in spacious group accommodation, our themed rooms are fantastic for groups looking to stay in style.

Our Yellow Submarine room sleeps up to 4 guests, ideal for those attending Beatleweek with family or friends. This spectacular themed room features Beatles lyrics above the beds, a colourful submarine print and fantastic amenities including a double whirlpool bath and TV.

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John Lennon fans can also make themselves right at home with a stay in our stunning John Lennon room. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover design, this spectacular space captures the creativity of Warhol and Lennon.

If you’d like to book a stay with us for Beatleweek, make sure you don’t miss out on our unmissable hotel offers! Each package is designed to bring you the best of Arthouse Hotel, making your stay in Liverpool as special as can be.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you have an unforgettable time celebrating the Fab Four!

Calling all Teachers! Enjoy Our 6 Week Treats Hotel Deal

The summer holidays have arrived! And at Arthouse Hotel, we’re offering tired-out teachers an unmissable break.

So, whether you celebrate with your fellow teachers or friends and family, this fabulous offer is just what you need.

One of the best hotels in Liverpool, our Six Week Treats offer means you can stay in style without breaking the bank!

The Best of Hotel Offers for Teachers

Our 6 Week Treats Offer (£99 per person)

6 weeks treats

For just £99 per person this dazzling offer includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in our movie-themed accommodation for tired-out teachers
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Delicious two-course meal in your choice of Signature restaurants
  • Signature activity – chose from a spa treatment, drinks at Alma de Cuba or a luxury hair or makeup pampering session

 Sunday – Thursday – Subject to availability, based on a minimum of 2 guests Friday night stay – £20pp supplement

Funny and Most Inspiring Teacher Movies

Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool. And to celebrate our new offer for teachers, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best, funniest and most inspiring movies featuring teachers!

Grease

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Amidst the romance, scandals and singing and dancing is Principal McGee, trying her best to keep it all under control in Grease!

At Arthouse Hotel, why not stay in our Grease themed room? This spacious room sleeps up to 6 guests and is fitted with fantastic facilities including an en suite with large whirlpool bath.

Expect to have chills multiplying when you step inside this spectacular space.

Dead Poets Society

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It’s safe to say that Dead Poets Society has inspired many to follow the path to teaching. The 1989 drama saw Robin Williams blow audiences away as lovable Mr. Keating.

Some of the most memorable moments of Mr Keating’s teaching saw him jumping on desks, daring the students to think for themselves and plenty of choruses of “O Captain, my Captain’.

And though the working day may not quite live up to the romanticism of Dead Poets Society, it’s safe to say this is a movie treasured by educators and young people inspired to start their career.

Matilda

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Without a doubt one of the best childhood movies ever made, Miss Honey is arguably the underrated star of Matilda. Audiences are enchanted by her softly spoken words of wisdom, pretty woodland cottage and of course, her heartwarming belief in Matilda.

While we’re sure Miss Honey has inspired many to teach over the decades, we certainly hope the same can’t be said for Miss Trunchbull!

School of Rock

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For music teachers, School of Rock may just be the ultimate movie. Starring comedic genius Jack Black, School of Rock sees Dewey Finn pose as a substitute teacher at a private elementary school.

This iconic teacher film is a timeless favourite and it’s easy to see why! The feel-good movie is filled with fun, with plenty of songs to keep your toes-tapping along the way.

Harry Potter

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When he wasn’t marching through the corridors with a flowing cloak and judgemental frown, he was busy making Harry miserable…or so it seemed.

From the first Harry Potter film to the last, Professor Snape went from scariest teacher to the best-loved. Fans fell in love with his dry wit and determination to protect Harry, all in the name of love for Lily Potter.

Mean Girls

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Mean Girls is a modern classic when it comes to timeless teen movies. Written by Tina Fey, the talented comedian also stepped in front of the camera as witty maths teacher Ms. Norbury.

When ‘Burn Book’ chaos unfolds, it’s fair to say that Ms. Norbury saves the day with the iconic line, “raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George”.

We hope to see you soon at Arthouse Hotel! It’ll be a summer holidays treat that you won’t forget. To enquire further or to book your stay, you can reach us on 0151 601 8801.

50 Fun, Weird and Frightening Film Facts About the Wizard Of Oz

At Arthouse Hotel, our fabulous film themed rooms bring the magic of the movies from big screen to your luxury suite to enjoy during your one of a kind hotel experience in Liverpool.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is one of the most marvellously magical movies of all time and it comes as no surprise that there is plenty of fun, weird and fairly frightening facts about the making of such a fantastic movie.

Here we look into some of the movies most bizarre facts that will help you see the most magical musical movie in a whole new light.

When Special Effects Win and Fail

#1 The superb scientific special effect liquid used for the Tin Man’s oil was, in fact, chocolate syrup!

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No wonder he looks so happy after being oiled. Yummy.

#2 Actress Billie Burke who played Glinda The Good Witch was 18 years older than the actress who played her foe The Wicked Witch

 

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The Good Witch got her some very good genes.

#3 More superb special effects here as the terrifying tornado sweeps towards Dorothy’s home.

Not the extreme act of nature you think you see but actually an old stocking being whipped around in a pile of dirt and dust!

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In fact, if you look close enough you can see the hand twirling the stocking.

#5 Following the yellow brick road proved quite difficult as it appeared green after the technicolour effect was applied and therefore had to be repainted

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‘Follow the slightly Greenish-Yellowy Brick Road’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, wouldn’t you agree?

#6 The Poppy field through which the cast skip merrily through was made by hand by 22 people who handcrafted 40,000 individual Poppies.

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It’s all in the details.

#7 The brightly coloured horses in the Emerald city where dyed using Jello or gelatin, even though the movie would be filmed in black and white and the technicolour process later applied.

The technique worked really well except the horses proceeded to lick most of the Jello off themselves in between takes so fresh coats had to be reapplied.

#8 When the Wicked Witch goes to take Dorothy’s slippers the sparks that fly out are actually sprays of apple juice sped up with clever camera trickery

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We don’t know about you but that looks like some seriously potent apple juice.

The Famous Ruby Slippers

#9 The Ruby Slippers were replicated in 1989 for the movies 50th birthday and weren’t cheap either coming in at $3 million

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#10 In the original story, Dorothy’s slippers were silver but, to make better use of the new-fangled colour filming process, the studio turned them ruby red instead.

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#11 So many people come to see the Ruby Slippers at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, that the carpet needs to be regularly replaced due to wear and tear.

#12 Last year in 2017 the slippers were removed from display to undergo, what experts are calling “an in-depth conservation assessment and treatment” or a fancy trip to the cobblers.

#13 Funds to carry out the treatment and to create a new display were raised on Kickstarter and it’s rumoured that Leonardo Di Caprio and Steven Spielberg contributed in excess of $3 million between them.

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Now that is one expensive shoe habit.

What is Health and Safety?

#14 Health and safety went flying out the window here as the soft white snow drifting dreamily over the sleepy characters was actually made from notoriously poisonous asbestos.

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No wonder Dorothy looks a little red-eyed in this clip.

#15 Actors also complained about the harsh lighting used during filming, brighter because of the technicolour process, it ended up permanently damaging their eyes.

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Ah! Bright lights, bright lights.

#16 Finding people to play flying monkeys became quite difficult as many of the actors fell several feet due to the supporting wires snapping.

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Perhaps they shouldn’t have been monkeying around.

#17 As well as the excessive bright light the lamps caused the temperature to reach 100 degrees during filming

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This became a small problem for one male actor, and two crew members thanks to his less than breathable costume.

The Cost of Perfection

#18 The Cowardly Lions costume was made of real lion skin, we think PETA might have something to say about that today!

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#19 . . . and it weighed 100 pounds, must’ve been a big bloody Lion.

#20 What’s more, the genuine Lion skin smelled terrible thanks to the extreme heat caused by the technicolour lamps and the heavy weight of it making the Cowardly Lion actor sweat profusely.

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Two people were employed round the clock to dry out the costume after filming wrapped each day.

There’s no business like show business.

#21 Judy Garland was considered too plump to play such a young girl at the time of filming The Wizard of Oz and was cinched into a super tight corset during filming.

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After all, pain is beauty, apparently.

#22 A ridiculous sum of money was spent on filming Wizard of Oz, a total of $2.7 million (approximately $45.6 million today)

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MGM made it rain all day for the Wizard of Oz which was initially a huge box office flop.

It Wasn’t Easy Being Green

#23 The Wicked Witch used to teach America’s equivalent to Reception before becoming an actress.

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. . . imagine that being the first face you saw when starting school.

#24 At one point the Wicked Witch, when vanishing in a cloud of smoke was severely burned as her bright green make-up was flammable.

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She refused to complete any more scenes in the film that involved fire, can you blame her?

#25 The green make-up used to colour the wicked witch was copper-based and poisonous so the poor women playing her couldn’t eat when in costume, she survived on a liquid diet.

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That’s dedication to a role.

#26 The Wicked Witch was so scary that she even had scenes that were deemed too frightening for children and were therefore cut out of the movie.

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This poor woman really did put up with a lot for a film role, surely teaching wasn’t that bad?

There’s No Business Like Show Business

#27 The Scarecrows Face was made up of early prosthetics that left grooves in the actor’s face.

They supposedly took a year to completely disappear.

#28 Famous Actor of the time Beverly Hillbillies Buddy Ebsen was cast as the Tin Man but had a severe allergic reaction to the silver body paint.

#29 The same silver make-up reportedly gave the Tin Man actor a serious eye infection.

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#30 Nothing is thrown away at MGM and the proof is in the pudding as the Wicked Witch’s crystal ball made its first appearance in The Mask of Fu Manchu. A 1932 movie about the search for Genghis Khan’s tomb.

#31 Even the Good Witch Glinda’s shimmering ballgown was reused from the movie San Francisco.

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MGM were thrifty when they wanted to be.

The Real Star Of The Movie

#32 Judy wanted to keep Terry, the dog who played Toto, but Terry’s owner refused and quite rightly too, get your own dog, Judy!

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#34 The poor little puppy even sustained injury when a crew member trod on her foot breaking it.

#35 Terry, the dog was also scared of the steam that came out of the Tin Man’s hat.

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#36 and she earned more than The Munchkins, but they most likely didn’t care as its rumoured many of them took the job to escape a Nazi-occupied Europe.

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More About The Munchkins

#37 In fact, The Munchkins got a bit of a bum deal and instead of being recognised individually they are represented as one entity with one Walk of Fame Star between all 124 of them.

#38 Judy Garland even named her Oscar Juvenile Award the Munchkin award! The cheek.

#39 One of the Munchkins was a licensed pilot who served during WWII.

#40 The Munchkins were actually rumoured to be quite unruly on and offset, often throwing wild parties and drinking heavily whilst filming their scenes.

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Well, they didn’t get a lot else from the world famous movie so why not?

A Little About The Author

#41 The author of the Wizard of Oz, L.Baum, used to breed special chickens.

#42 The world of Oz was named so by the incredibly creative author, whose inspiration was . . . wait for it . . . a filing cabinet label O-Z!

#43 It’s all in the details as The Wicked Witches death certificate is dated exactly 20 years after author L.Baums death.


#44 Despite L.Baum being an active supporter of female rights, Judy Garland was only paid a measly $500 a week while her male co-stars raked in $3,000 for the same work.

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Interesting to see the times haven’t changed that much eh?

Behind The Scenes

#45 It is rumoured that when Judy was filming the lion slapping scene she was in fits of giggles unable to finish a decent take.

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Director, Victor Fleming, took her to one side, slapped her and sent her back to try again where she nailed the scene in one take.

#46 The cast can be seen here dancing a popular routine from the 1939 dancehalls of the age. The Jitterbug was originally a number in the movie but was edited from the final cut.

We think those were some snazzy dance moves for the time, don’t you?

What if . . .

#46 If 20th Century Fox had won the rights to film Wizard of Oz Shirley Temple would have starred in the role as Dorothy.

#47 Dorothy’s original costume involved a blonde wig and heavy make-up, but the decision was made to aim for a more natural look.

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#48 The iconic “Over The Rainbow” song was nearly cut from the movie because it ran too long.

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Thankfully it wasn’t . . . now you’re singing it in your head, aren’t you?

#49 MGM stopped Disney from making a Wizard of Oz, imagine what the genius of Disney would have done to Oz if he got his hands on the book rights.

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Oh, what magic there could have been.

#50 Oscar-nominated six times, winning best score and best original song, Wizard of Oz was beaten for best picture by Gone With The Wind.

Quite frankly my dear we don’t give a damn.

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The Wizard of Oz is still our favourite musical of all time and one of the most wonderful movie themed rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

So, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’ and ‘Fly Over the Rainbow’ to party like a munchkin in the Wizard of Oz room where our superb accommodation offers are designed to help groups of guests enjoy one of a kind party breaks in Liverpool.

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Yellow Brick Road reception

All the luxury themed rooms are perfect for hen parties, stag dos and special celebrations of any kind and thanks to the superb location in the heart of Liverpool’s Ropewalks, Arthouse Hotel is ideally situated for enjoying the best of the cities nightlife.

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Wizard of Oz room

The best bars in Liverpool can be found right on your doorstep with our very own Alma de Cuba and Mulholland Bar offering fantastic atmosphere, food, music and drinks all night long.

Call now and start planning a wonderful stay in Liverpool on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk and ask more about the magical Wizard of Oz room or any of our other movie themed rooms in Arthouse Hotel.

Themed Hotel Rooms & Unknown Movie Facts: My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady is one of the most beloved musicals of all time and the inspiration behind one of the musical movie themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.

Filmed in 1964 with an all-star cast including Rex Harrison who played Higgins, a phonetics professor with a rather large ego and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, a working-class girl from the bustling city of London.

The story goes that Higgin’s believes in his coaching abilities so much he can tutor the cockney twang out of Eliza and therefore make her a well-spoken upstanding member of society.

The two form an unlikely relationship and eventually fall in love, despite social differences and the interference of aristocratic suitor, Freddie, played by Jeremey Brett.

The movie served as inspiration for one of our musical movie themed hotel rooms and the My Fair Lady room at Arthouse Hotel is simply Loverly.

Check out some of the lesser-known facts behind the creation of My Fair Lady the movie, its origins and some of the famous cast members below.

Award Winning Performances

My Fair Lady was released to critical acclaim winning a grand total of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director.

Diva Behaviour

Renowned for her gracious caring attitude, Audrey Hepburn displayed slightly diva-esque behaviour when she was informed her singing voice would be dubbed. She walked offset in a huff, only to return the following day and apologise to everyone who she had offended.

Age is Only a Number

Middle-aged adults playing high school children was a thing way before 90210 and Dawson’s Creek.

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Eliza Doolittle was only supposed to be 19 in My Fair Lady but Audrey Hepburn was a fantastic looking 35 years old during filming.

Star-Studded Recommendations

Hollywood isn’t wasn’t the cutthroat industry that it’s made out to be today. Cary Grant was approached to play Rex Higgins but he turned the role down knowing he wasn’t right for the it.

Instead, he strongly recommended Rex Harrison for the part and said if he wasn’t cast he wouldn’t even go and see the movie.

Another Role Rejection

Dame Julie Andrews played Eliza Doolittle on stage, just 19 at the time and at the beginning of what would become a blossoming film career.

She refused the role in the movie as she was also up for the part of Mary Poppins and didn’t want the two to conflict.

Delaying Walt Disney

Hoping to boost the career of now Dame Julie Andrews, the wonderful man Walt Disney offered to delay filming Mary Poppins until summer 1964 so she could take on the role of Eliza Doolittle as well.

On Set Interference

The dashing neckties that Higgins wore throughout filming were where crew and costume had stashed Rex Harrington’s microphone.

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Occasionally the device would pick up radio conversations from passing police cars reporting crimes or updating criminal pursuits.

A Hidden Talent

Despite being a member of the Eton College choir and being known for his excellent singing voice, directors chose to dub the vocal talents of actor Jeremy Brett who played the besotted Freddie Eynsford-Hill.

His songs were sung instead by a 43-year-old Bill Shirley.

A Very Different Type Of Fair Lady

If we could imagine another in the role of Eliza Doolittle first thoughts do go to Julie Andrews. However, by the time filming came around Andrews was immersed in work with Disney so, if Audrey Hepburn had not accepted the role a third actress was in line.

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Super starlet Elizabeth Taylor is said to have coveted the job although its very hard to imagine Ms Taylor playing a common working class cockney don’t you agree?

Devastating News on Set

The 60s was a decade rife with iconic moments in history, one of which was the shocking assassination of JFK.

Announcing the tragedy to cast and crew fell to Audrey Hepburn after she’d filmed the most famous song number of the My Fair Lady movie “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?”.

Setting The Perfect Scene

Thanks to the large budget given to the movie, set designers were extra creative with their work which eliminated the need to film outside.

Instead, every scene in My Fair Lady was shot on the sound stages of Hollywood studios.

Childish Inspiration

When it came to naming the movie, directors struggled and at first settled on Lady Liza but because of protests from Rex Harrison, the title was changed.

The inspiration for the new title was the traditional children’s nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down, My Fair Lady.”

An Arresting Beauty

Audrey Hepburn is without a doubt one of the most naturally beautiful women to ever have graced our screens.

It comes as little surprise that when she entered the set in full costume for the ballroom scene, the room fell silent then cast and crew began to applaud, cheer and even shed tears at how stunning she looked.

Blowing The Budget

In the 60s, production companies were spending huge sums of money on making movies.

Only the year before My Fair Lady was made, Cleopatra at 20TH Century Fox had racked up a bill of $35 million, roughly translated to around £350 million today.

My Fair Lady came in at just $17 million, and despite being half the cost of Cleopatra, it was still the most expensive movie made by Warner Bros at the time.

Precious Creations

Again thanks to the huge sums of money at their disposal directors hired the exceptionally skilled Cecil Beaton to design the 1500 elaborate costumes for the cast.

His work including the stunning beaded ballgown and monochrome lace Ascot dress for Eliza Doolittle’s character all of which earned him the Academy Award for Best Costume Design.

Beaton’s work was so exquisite, and expensive, that the studio hired amusement park trams to transport the clothed cast to and from set to avoid damages and dirt.

Costs Vs Profits

Despite costing Warner Bros under half of what Cleopatra cost Fox, My Fair Lady has grossed $20 million more in profits overall.

In fact, My Fair Lady even made it into the top 100 highest ranking films of all time.

Bad Habits

We all assume that Audrey Hepburn was the picture of health, but she had a nasty habit.

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Hepburn smoked around three packs of cigarettes a day, much to the displeasure of Rex Harrison who had recently given up before filming started.

Wouldn’t It Be Larvly . . . Loverly . . . Laverly?

A cockney accent isn’t the easiest to replicate, especially not for California born soprano, Marni Nixon.

She had to continuously practice the cockney singing accent when she provided the vocals for Eliza Doolittle.

A feat that earned her the title “Ghostess with the Mostest” as audiences would never see the face behind the amazing talent.

A Mouth Full of Marbles . . . or were they?

Health and safety was still a thing in the 60s so instead of popping a potential choking hazard into the mouth of Audrey Hepburn during Higgins’ eloquencey lessons, grapes were used in place of marbles.

Founded in Greek Mythology

My Fair Lady was based on a play about a mythological ancient Greek sculptor named Pygmalion who created what he considered to be the ideal women out of stone.

The story goes that once the statue was created Pygmalion fell in love with it and on the day of Aphrodite’s festival he wished for a wife to be a living likeness of the woman he’d carved. When he kissed the statue’s lips the woman came to life and married Pygmalion.

My Fair Lady’s Higgin’s is the present day equivalent of Pygmalion, fashioning his ideal women out of Eliza.

A Musical Without Singers

Today musicals are usually filled with the biggest and brightest stars in musical movie making. If you can’t sing you aren’t cast or in the case of Russell Crow in Les Miserable, you sing anyway and get mocked for it.
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In the early day’s famous faces were favoured over fantastic voices and therefore musical movies were heavily dubbed. The entire cast, with the exception of Stanley Holloway who played Eliza’s father Alfred had their singing voices dubbed, why wasn’t Russell Crowe dubbed we here you ask? The answer, we just don’t know!

The Dead Penguin Play Mascot

Before My Fair Lady was a film it was a stage play with Rex Harrison still in the role of Higgins.

Apparently, Rex admired the work of the Pygmalion writer Shaw so much that he often referred to a Penguin edition of the play’s script. Whenever things didn’t seem right with the dialogue Rex would bark to stagehands;

“Where’s my Penguin”

After a while, this became a regular command and the crew and directors decided it was time to put a stop to it.

So, one day when Rex gave his usual command a stuffed Penguin was rolled out onto stage instead of his script. The entire cast and crew roared with laughter including Rex Harrison who never asked for his Penguin again.

And finally . . .

The Rain In Spain Does Not Stay Mainly In The Plain, in fact, it rains mostly in the northern hills and mountains of Spain, the plains in the south see very little rain at all.

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Book Your Stay At Arthouse Hotel

Come rain or shine, Liverpool is a fabulous place to enjoy a short city break and Arthouse Hotel is located in the very heart of the cities most popular nightlife.

Our rooms can sleep a number of guests all in one space and we have some superb hotel offers ideal for groups of people coming to the city.

Call now on 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk to book your stay or check out some of our amazing Liverpool hotel offers here.

The Highlights of Our Love Island Quiz at Arthouse Liverpool

Last week, we played host to our very own Love Island quiz at Arthouse Hotel Liverpool. The summer fun was hosted by Love Island’s Katie Salmon and Signature Living’s very own Roger Jonas.

The night saw fans of ITV2’s biggest show gather to put their Love Island knowledge to the test! And we certainly threw in some fabulous prizes along the way.

Love Island Liverpool Quiz

Roger and Katie put fans through their paces with a variety of quiz rounds. Love Island winner Cara De La Hoyde and fellow Islanders of the past Gabby, Georgia and Tyne-Lexy stayed at Signature Living’s Shankly Hotel just a few weeks ago. And during their stay, we filmed some exclusive videos for our video quiz round.

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Roger Jonas and Katie Salmon

We also served up a colourful range of refreshing Love Island cocktails. Our eclectic menu featured the Do Bits Society, Megan the Snake and My Type on Paper. What more could a Love Island fan want?!

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Our colourful creations went down a treat with our quiz guests. Poured to perfection by our cocktail experts, Arthouse Hotel’s Mulholland Bar is one of the best spots for cocktails in Liverpool.

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We spread the summer vibe around Arthouse with plenty of decorations brightening up the bar. Even our famous gorilla sported some summer attire! Quiz attendees enjoyed our range of cocktails and indulged in delicious pizzas.

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Love Island’s Katie Salmon was joined by her girl group including Instagram star and model Chloe Khan.

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Of course, we couldn’t let our Love Island quiz-goers miss an episode! In between the fun, we showcased the latest antics of the villa on our big screen.

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The drama saw Wes save Megan and everyone’s favourite love-to-hate Islander Adam pack his bags for home. It’s safe to say we had our very own commentary of cheers and boos as the dumping took place.

Amazing Love Island Quiz Prizes

At Signature Living, we never do things by halves. So, we went all out with amazing prizes for our quiz winners. The first prize saw our lucky winners bag a stay in our luxury Skyline Suite.

The perfect party atmosphere, the stylish spot features everything from a large pool-style bath to outdoor terrace looking out across the city.

The second prize offered the winner a romantic date night meal at Liverpool’s iconic Alma de Cuba bar and restaurant. And last but not least, winners of our third prize got their hands on some Love Island themed goodies!

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