Plans to create a new focal point for Shakespearean theatre in the UK are moving into its next phase.
The Shakespeare North Playhouse being built in Prescot, Knowsley will complete the UK’s Shakespearean triangle (London, Stratford-upon-Avon. Prescot).
It's hoped it will become a nationally and internationally significant cultural and educational asset.
To mark the start of its next stage, Lord & Lady Derby – whose family has links to Shakespeare - will be welcome specially invited guests to a reception at their home, Knowsley Hall.
Guests attending include renowned historian David Starkey CBE and local actor Josh Bolt.
Construction work has already commenced on the new Playhouse which when complete will provide a 350 seat theatre, modelled on the cockpit-in-court design of the 17th century.
Alongside the theatre will be an outdoor performance garden, exhibition and visitor centre and educational facilities.
Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council, said:
Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: