The jewel in the crown at The Shakespeare North Playhouse is the extraordinary timber framed theatre, installed earlier this year by specialists McCurdy and Co. Based on the iconic 17th century ‘cockpit-in-court’ design, it will have capacity for between 320 and 472 seats.
Once complete the Playhouse will also boast an inclusive education programme, digital gallery, visitor centre and additional performance spaces including an outdoor performance garden.
The Shakespeare North Playhouse will open next year and will be a key highlight of Knowsley’s year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture in 2022.
Even before it is completed, the Playhouse is already having a significant impact on the local area with new high street business moving to Prescot, 1500 new homes being built in the area and significant investment in public realm and connectivity improvements.
The Playhouse is expected to attract more than 100,000 visitors each year once established, bringing a boost of more than £5.3 million to GVA and a range of employment opportunities linked to the project.