Shakespeare North Playhouse

Kristy Stott, Theatre Editor
Shakespeare North Playhouse
Image courtesy of Shakespeare North Trust.

Shakespeare North Playhouse, Mill Street, Prescot, L34 3AB – Visit Now

Due to open in summer 2022, the Shakespeare North Playhouse is an iconic new theatre, education, outdoor performance garden and exhibition space in Merseyside.

Occupying a space in Prescot, close to St Helens, the Shakespeare North Playhouse is a world-class cultural hub for the local area and an exciting new theatre for Liverpool and the North West. The venue looks set to nurture the creativity of its surrounding community while also supporting education and artist development.

With a stunning modern oak framed theatre – inspired by the cockpit-in-court design which was popular during Elizabethan times – the theatre will have the capacity for between 320 and 470 seats. An inclusive and unique cultural and educational hub, the extraordinary building, spanning three levels, will also house a 60-capacity studio, a green room, classrooms and multi-use events spaces. With a digital gallery, an enclosed outdoor Performance Garden and a cafe/bar with access to a south-facing outdoor piazza, Shakespeare North Playhouse is a place to meet, a place to share and a place of inspiration.

The external modern concrete building is set to contrast beautifully with the extraordinary timber framework of the theatre – giving the perfect balance of contemporary performance alongside wonderful Elizabethan heritage and architecture.

Audiences can expect to see a variety of groundbreaking drama, comedy, music and film on offer here from local, national and international artists and companies as well as community-driven projects, artists development programmes and new commissions.

Needless to say, we’re thrilled that the Shakespeare North Playhouse is set to become another sparkling gem in the North West’s crown and a key destination for theatre-makers and culture-seekers of all ages.

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