Giant Cardboard Castle to Celebrate Shakespeare’s Prescot Connection

By on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Prescot public are being invited to help build a giant cardboard castle inspired by Elsinore, the Danish castle immortalised by William Shakespeare in his play Hamlet.

Construction will take place at the Prescot School as part of the Merseyside-wide Lost Castles project, headed by French artist Olivier Grossetȇte. Once the parts have been completed in a series of free workshops, the edifice will be transported to Knowsley Safari to be assembled in full.

The choice of Elsinore ties in with the new Shakespeare North theatre, due to open in Prescot town centre in 2020. In the late 16th-century, Prescot was the site of the first purpose-built theatre outside London, and the wealthy Earl of Derby was a patron of the man now renowned as the world’s greatest ever playwright.

Lost Castle sessions take place from Sunday 5 August to Wednesday 8 August, and the castle will be displayed at Knowsley Safari Park from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 August, when it will be trampled on and demolished by the passing public.

To take part, fill in the form on Anyone aged 8 or over can participate, although under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.

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