Prescot Shakespearean Art Project Ready for 19 July Unveiling
A newly commissioned piece of public art will be unveiled in Prescot town centre on Saturday 19 July.
The large-scale mural will transform the junction of Leyland Street and Eccleston Street by giving the space the appearance of an Elizabethan theatre, similar to the one that stood in Prescot at the turn of the 17th century.
The design will pay homage to William Shakespeare, actor John Kemble, and poet and artist Edward Lear – all figures with a local connection.
Several of Shakespeare’s plays were once performed at the Prescot Playhouse, the first free-standing theatre outside of London, and among the most important of its kind.
Lord Derby was one of the playwright’s sponsors, and the Bard himself may have visited him at Knowsley Hall.
Edward Lear, author of The Owl and the Pussycat, was employed as an artist on the Earl’s estate, and John Kemble was born in the Prescot street that now bears his name.
As well as celebrating the town’s heritage, the artwork will provide a talking point for visitors to the town and a setting for the increasing number of open-air events at the location.
“We were keen to ensure the views of the community were sought,” said Richard Sutton of Prescot Town Team, the organisation behind the project, “and the feeling was that local historical and cultural links such as that with Shakespeare, Edward Lear and John Kemble were recognised.
“The project was developed as part of ongoing plans to enhance our town centre. I am sure you will agree that the artwork now provides a fantastic backdrop for the range of performances we will be hosting over the coming months.”
The official unveiling takes place at 11.30am on Saturday 19 July, and a live band and street entertainers will provide a day of fun for all ages.