What Will Prescot’s Shakespeare Theatre Look Like?

By on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

If charity Shakespeare North receive planning permission in April, they could be building an Elizabethan-style theatre and college in Prescot town centre.

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The plans, for the Mill Street Car Park adjacent to the Old Mill pub, would include a 350-seat theatre with an interior based on designs by Tudor architect Inigo Jones, and an educational centre attracting students from across the world to study Shakespearean acting technique.

Prescot was chosen because, as a historic Lancashire hub of trade, commerce and culture long before Liverpool existed, it was home to the first freestanding theatre outside London – the Prescot Playhouse, which stood at the east end of Eccleston Street in the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

Knowsley Council have just pledged £6 million from reserve funds for a project they say will transform the economy, bring tourists flocking to the borough, create jobs and deliver important educational and cultural opportunities for local people.

But what would the proposed complex look like? The architect’s designs below reveal all.

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See the Full Plans & Give Your Views

The full Shakespeare North planning application for a theatre and college in Prescot is online here with associated documents. Email stuart.barnes@knowsley.gov.uk to give your support or make your objections to the plans. The deadline for comments is 23 March 2016.

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