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Shakespeare theatre set for Merseyside

Credit: Knowsley Council

Revised plans for a Shakespeare theatre in Prescot town centre have been given the go ahead.

Knowsley Council says the iconic building will include a 350 seat theatre, education facilities, performance studio, exhibition area, office accommodation, a small shop, a coffee shop and bar and an outdoor performance area to accommodate an audience of 150.

The modified design now includes a dedicated Exhibition and Education Centre, the design of the external glazing façade has been refreshed and the building will no longer include a basement.

Credit: Knowsley Council

This is another significant milestone for this iconic development and a positive reflection of the council’s ambitious growth plans.

The council, its private sector partners, the local community and local businesses are all working together on bold plans to conserve the history of Prescot while transforming the town into an even more attractive place for people to visit and spend time.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse will help us to achieve this, attracting visitors and investors to Prescot, Knowsley and the wider Liverpool City Region.”

– Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council

Elizabethan links

The council says , the proposed site of the Playhouse on the current Mill street car park has been carefully considered and researched and is very close to the site of the only purpose built playhouse outside of London in Elizabethan times.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse will run its own Masters Programme in Shakespearean Performance Practice allowing students to train in a real theatre with real actors and will be validated by Liverpool John Moores University.

The Playhouse will also offer development opportunities for the local community and a broad education programme for schools.