Shakespeare North Reveals Theatre Plans

Did you know that the Earl of Derby – whose family resides at Knowsley Hall to this day – was one of William Shakespeare’s rich and influential patrons?

And did you know that in 1593, the town of Prescot became home to the first and most important free-standing theatre outside London?

Now the charitable trust Shakespeare North want to bring alive Prescot’s theatrical heritage once again, by building a 350-seat Elizabethan theatre and centre of Shakespearean studies in the town.

The interior of the theat re will be based on designs by Inigo Jones, the leading English architect of the Tudor period (see main image above).

Now the trust have officially submitted their planning application. The images below show how the theatre would look in its proposed location, between the Old Mill pub and Cockpit House (former museum).


Residents will soon have their chance to weigh in on the proposals and share their ideas. For more information, visit

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