Unity Theatre today is one of the best loved theatres in Liverpool. It has a reputation for staging innovative, high quality work in a friendly and enthusiastic atmosphere. Many people will go to performances at Unity that they have never heard of because they trust its judgement. In this way the theatre has built up a committed and loyal audience.
It has an excellent track record in encouraging new writing and supporting new companies at a time when many theatres are relying upon the classics to guarantee audiences. Many writers whose work was originally promoted by Unity are now writing for mainstream theatre in both Liverpool and elsewhere. Many of the companies who started at Unity are now touring nationally and many actors, technicians and designers who got their first experience at Unity are now in full time theatre employment.
The theatre operates an open access policy making professional facilities available to local community theatre companies. Whilst not operating as a community theatre, it does provide unparalleled access to locally based companies and is the venue that most reflects the diverse communities in Liverpool.