Shakespeare North Playhouse
The Shakespeare North Playhouse is an iconic new theatre and education space that will celebrate Knowsley’s links with Elizabethan drama and Shakespeare himself, attracting visitors and students from all over the world.
Plans for the playhouse in Prescot have been more than 10 years in the making.
Prescot has a fascinating link with Shakespeare and Elizabethan drama. In Elizabethan times, it was the only English town outside of London to have a purpose built indoor playhouse and the support and patronage of the Earls of Derby at Knowsley Hall played a notable part in the development of Shakespearean drama.
At the heart of the Shakespeare North Playhouse will be a reproduction 350 seat Jacobean theatre based on the Inigo Jones’ Cockpit-at-Court built in 1629, while other parts of the building will include education facilities, studio theatre, exhibition area, café/bar and outdoor spaces.
It is estimated that the theatre and education centre will deliver more than £10m worth of value to the Liverpool City Region economy, as well as construction jobs and an upsurge in employment as a result of increased visitors to the area.
It is estimated that the Playhouse will attract over 140,000 visitors per year to Prescot helping to create a thriving town centre economy through increased footfall.
The project is being funded by Knowsley Council (£6 million), Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (£6.5 million) and central Government (£5 million) plus philanthropic donations from individuals and organisations.