Schools & Groups

We love welcoming groups to Shakespeare North Playhouse - schools, special occasions or work outings - and offer great discounts for groups of 10 or more people.

Look through the sections below to see how we can make your next school or group visit as memorable as possible. Don’t forget to fill in the form if you’d like to make a school booking. All school visits to theatre shows, activities and visits to Shakespeare North Playhouse must be booked in advance.

To get the best value for money, schools, Colleges and Universities can become one of our Education Partners. Find out more information here.

We can’t wait for you to join us to celebrate creativity and the joy of performance.


For performances in the Cockpit Theatre tickets are priced at £15 per person with one free for every 10 purchased.

For performances in the Sir Ken Dodd Performance Garden or the Studio tickets are priced at the standard child and adult rate relative to each performance.

School group size is only limited by the number of seats available in the specific performance areas.

Reservations– all group reservations must be made at least 6 weeks before the show date.


You’ll find more information about our schools activities and education partnerships here.


The payment deadline for reservations is 4 weeks before the booked performance. If this falls in school holidays an alternative deadline will be discussed and agreed.

Payment arrangements include credit card or invoice.


School Booking Form

Fill in the form below and we will be in touch to arrange your visit. We can't wait to see you soon!

School Booking Form

School Workshops

Our exciting workshops support cross-curricular teaching and focus on creativity, encouraging young people to develop their confidence, resilience, literacy and analytical skills in a fun, supportive and inspiring way.

Each workshop can be delivered as a 2-hour session or a more in-depth full day workshop and is adaptable for all ages and abilities. We accommodate groups of up to 35. Schools who book a full day workshop will be able to use the Learning Centre for lunch. Pre-booking is essential and all materials are included in the cost.


Available Tuesday-Friday from 10am-6pm

2-hour workshop – £150 (£120 for Partner Schools)

Full day workshop – £550 (£440 for Partner Schools)


Our full day workshops support the development of metacognition and encourage participants to work both independently and collaboratively in creating their own Scratch Book, exploring and interpreting a text or topic.


The below sessions can be delivered as a 2-hour or full day workshop.

Please note: unless you have booked a ‘Careers’ or ‘Heritage’ workshop or have organised a bespoke workshop booking with our team, your visit will not include a tour of the theatre. Requests for a tour of the theatre on the day of your visit unfortunately cannot be accommodated.


Exploring self-image, identity and healthy relationships through Shakespeare.

Suggested study links: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, Macbeth, PSHE and Citizenship, Psychology, Sociology.


A tour of Shakespeare North Playhouse, including backstage areas and our Cockpit Theatre, followed by a session in the Learning Centre exploring creative industry career pathways.


Groups are invited to bring their sketchbooks to the theatre and explore the architecture through a variety of drawing activities, culminating in an artwork to take back to school.

Suggested study links: Art, Design & Technology.


Building confidence, developing self-expression and performing aloud to an audience.

Suggested study links: PSHE, Drama, English, Creative Writing.


Available for a 2-hour session from 9th Oct to 11th Nov 2023

Following a guided tour of our special exhibition, explore the creation of the First Folio in a fun workshop mono-printing portraits and designing name initials for a Book of You!


Exploring the parallels between Hip Hop and Shakespeare to encourage creative expression.

Please note: This workshop is available as a full-day workshop only.

Suggested study links: Music, Art, English, Creative Writing, PSHE.


Exploring fundamental values and citizenship through Shakespeare.

Suggested study links: Henry V, Othello, The Merchant of Venice, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Sir Thomas More, Romeo and Juliet, PSHE and Citizenship, RE, Sociology.


A tour of our amazing theatre, learning all about the links to Shakespeare, famous figures and the heritage of Prescot, followed by a practical session in the Learning Centre creating Elizabethan blackwork style portraits inspired by our beautiful embroidery banner.

Suggested study links: History, Art, English.


Exploring Shakespeare’s silliest characters and the wacky world of jesters with fun drama and dance games and creative activities.


Exploring nature, symbolism and storytelling in imaginative ways.

Suggested study links: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Macbeth, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Biology.


Exploring the ghostly and gothic, sinister and supernatural elements of Shakespeare and creating creepy stories.

Suggested study links: Macbeth, Hamlet, Gothic, Creative Writing.


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Groups of 10+ receive 10% off ticket prices for performances in the Cockpit Theatre, Sir Ken Dodd Performance Garden and the Studio.


Groups of any size can book online for performances in the Cockpit Theatre, Sir Ken Dodd Performance Garden and the Studio. When you place 10 or more tickets to the same show in your basket the group discount will automatically apply. The discount only applies to Adult tickets.

Reservations– if you are organising a large group visit, we can accommodate reservations on a case by case basis. All group reservations must be paid in full within 6 weeks of the reservation date.

Group reservations cannot be made within 6 weeks of the performance you are planning to attend. Any group bookings within this time must be paid in full at the point of booking.

For more information about a group booking, please email: [email protected]

Coach Parking Arrangements

Coach Parking just 5 minutes away from the Playhouse, with space for upto 10 coaches per hour. Find out more and book for coach parking here.

1.4 miles away and free to book.

Available 8.30am – 7pm during school holidays; 8.30am – 6pm at other times of the year (excluding winter months when the park is closed Mon & Tue and closes at 5pm Wed – Sun)

To book, please email [email protected]


1.9 miles away and free to book.

Available Mon – Thu 6.30am – 10pm & Friday 6.30am – 9pm

Sat & Sun 9am – 6pm

To book, please email [email protected]