Liverpool 23 - 27 July 2014


Royal de Luxe


Royal de Luxe

★★★★★ ‘scales new heights…’ The Stage

★★★★ The Guardian

★★★ The Telegraph

‘there aren’t many entities that can leave Liverpool audiences dumbstruck. But that’s precisely what Royal De Luxe achieved…’ British Theatre Guide

Liverpool hosted one of the most astonishing events of the 2014 centenary when it welcomed the Giants onto its streets in a city-wide spectacular stretching across five uninterrupted days.

The world-renowned street theatre company Royal de Luxe retold the story of the famous Liverpool Pals Battalions, the young men who volunteered alongside their next-door neighbours, family members and friends to fight for Britain on the battlefields of Europe. Giants including the Little Girl, much missed since her previous visit to Liverpool, and her pet dog Xolo roamed the city, drawing crowds into their ranks wherever they ventured.

When the Giants last visited the city in 2012, to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, 800,000 people came out to see them. In 2014 they returned to recall the fevered atmosphere of those early months of the war, and  more than a million people – local, national and some from overseas –  turned out to honour a courageous generation of Liverpudlians.

The Memories of August 1914 route can be found here.



Jean-Luc Courcoult author and artistic director, founder of Royal de Luxe
Matthieu Bony Grandmother Giant movement director
Susana Ribeiro Little Girl Giant movement director
Jean-Michel Caillebotte Xolo movement director
Raymond Kajak Wheelchair
Fabien Dumousseau Special effects
Michel Augier Music
Marie-Laure Mayeur Costumes
Gwenaëlle Raux Executive director


Co-commissioned by 14-18 NOW and Liverpool City Council.

Image credit - Ant Clausen


Image credit - Valery Joncheray