The history of Shakespeare North Playhouse
Find out more about how Shakespeare North Playhouse was created in this interview with architect and academic Dr Nicholas Helm.Find out more
In the 1590s, a remarkable theatre stood in the town of Prescot.
The playhouse hosted performances made possible by the Earl of Derby, resident at Knowsley Hall. It is thought that it was the only purpose-built indoor playhouse outside of London.
Players brought with them new shows from a popular playwright of the day, William Shakespeare, and were grateful for the Earl’s support.
This is the inspiration for Shakespeare North Playhouse. Which is a Shakespearean era playhouse, based on the Cockpit-in-court theatre 1630 and earlier designs by the celebrated architect Inigo Jones. This unique theatre is at the heart of a remarkable and contemporary building for education and social activity. A place that welcomes its community and theatre lovers from around the world to celebrate creativity and the joy of performance.
It is a regeneration project that reawakens and reinvigorates our town and brings a sense of excitement and opportunity with it, establishing Prescot as a thriving part of Liverpool’s City Region.
Shakespeare North Playhouse is operated by Shakespeare North Trust.