What’s on this December at Shakespeare North Playhouse

Wed 30 Nov, 2022

Your guide to December at Shakespeare North Playhouse. Eat, drink and be merry!

A Christmas Carol 

Buy tickets here https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/a-christmas-carol/

26th November-7th January 2022 

Lovingly adapted for the stage by writer Nick Lane and brought to life by director Ellie Hurt, this production is Dickens like you’ve never seen before! A fast, furious and whacky musical retelling of the original text but with a distinctly Prescot feel. 

Nick’s eccentric adaptation has been uniquely transformed for Shakespeare North Playhouse to see the classic tale taking place in our very own Prescot town

A Christmas Carol features a small but mighty quartet of actor/ musicians. Zoe West as Scrooge, Jessica Dives as Liza Grub, Abigail Middleton as Clara Winks and Eddy Westbury as Pod/Marley.  

Known as the meanest man in Prescot, Ebeneezer Scrooge would cancel Christmas if he could! That is until one fateful night he is given the fright of his life, as three mysterious visitors make him see that there is more to life than counting out his pennies. What ensues is a wild and bonkers romp filled with musical nonsense and festive whimsy- there’s even a time worm thrown in for good measure! Experience a tale of friendship, compassion and humanity that’s jam packed with local references. Can the meanest man in Prescot change his ways before it’s too late? Or will he always be a ‘hard-faced bat, selfish, scrimpy and stingy?’



This December we have a fabulous range of workshops to get you in the festive spirit!


Christmas Tree Book Art Workshop

Buy tickets here:https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/christmas-tree-book-art-workshop/

Saturday 3rd December 11am 

Friday 9th December 2pm  

During this 2-hour workshop, Artist Kate Bufton will guide you through the book folding process to make your very own Christmas Tree.

Using an old unwanted book, you will carefully fold the pages before embellishing them with your own choice of buttons for baubles. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners with no other book folding experience as Kate will be on hand to guide you through the process step by step.

All materials will be provided, and you will leave the session with a finished item.


Wreath Book Art Workshop 

Buy tickets here: https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/wreath-book-art-workshop/#modal-booking

Saturday 3rd December 2pm

Friday 9th December 11am

During this two-hour workshop Artist Kate Bufton will guide you through the process of making your very own book wreath using pages from old timeworn books.

You will carefully assemble the wreath in layers using the pages of books before embellishing with a variety of different centre pieces. This workshop is suitable for beginners as Kate will be on hand to guide you through the process step by step.

All materials will be provided, and you will leave the session with a finished item.


Baby Bards

Buy tickets here: https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/baby-bards/

6th,13th and 20th December at 11:15am

Join our resident spoken word artist, Charlie Staunton, for an early years story and language session for pre school children aged 18 months to 4 years old.

Introducing story, letters and phonics through readings and fun activities, your babies will be bards in no time.

Each child attending should be accompanied by an adult – both adults and children will need to buy tickets



Why not pop along to our gift shop for a spot of Christmas shopping? We have enough gifts to fill your stockings with!



Head along to our cafe for a range of tasty food and drink to warm you up this winter. Soups, sandwiches and a delicious range of pizzas amongst tasty treats and festive specials- there’s something for everyone!



Buy tickets here: https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/heritage-tours/

Want to know more about why Shakespeare North Playhouse was built? Why in Prescot? What is the link to Shakespeare? Look no further…

Introducing our Heritage Tours, where you can be led on a deep dive tour through Shakespeare North Playhouse, giving you an exciting glimpse into all there is to see in our beautiful new venue, learn about the history of Prescot and its links to Shakespeare himself, and answer any burning questions you may have about our building.

Each tour will last around 60 minutes and will give you the chance to explore;

  • Sir Ken Dodd Performance Garden
  • The Cockpit Theatre
  • Learning Centre
  • Exhibition Gallery
  • Community Space

Along the way, your tour guide will explain the inspiration behind each space, letting you in on some interesting historical facts. There will also be fun activities to take part in (and even the chance to snap a selfie or two!)

This is the perfect opportunity to explore our unique theatre and learn how it came to be, giving you a deeper insight into the town of Prescot you thought you knew…

The maximum number for group bookings is 15, to enquire about a group booking please email [email protected]





Buy tickets here: https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/itch-spoken-word-night-2/

Tuesday 13th December 7.30pm


Itch is a spoken word night for anybody looking to dip their toe in.

• Have you always wanted to give it a go?

• Did you used to write/perform a lot and want to get back into it?

• Have you never heard of spoken word and are wondering what it’s all about?

Then come down, listen, share and get the itch. We are primarily looking for poets and spoken word artists but artists of other disciplines are welcome to approach us to discuss how they can get involved.

Starting Tuesday 9th August 7:30 pm in the Café Bar and continuing monthly. Come and join our community.

Contact our Spoken Word Artist in Residence, Charlie Staunton for more information [email protected]



Buy tickets here: https://shakespearenorthplayhouse.co.uk/event/scratch-spoken-word-night-2/

Tuesday 20th December 7.30pm

Are you hungry for opportunities to perform? Have you got at least five minutes of polished work ready to scratch?

This is a call out for artists of any discipline with a focus on spoken word. A fun night of Poetry, Comedy and Music by local and featured artists.

Come and scratch it the last Tuesday of every month in The Studio. See you there!

Contact our Spoken Word Artist in Residence, Charlie Staunton for more information [email protected]