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Shakespeare North Playhouse: A theater reveals opening
Shakespeare North Playhouse: A theater reveals opening
Shakespeare North Playhouse: A theater reveals opening


Shakespeare North Playhouse: A theater reveals opening

Shakespeare North Playhouse: The £ 30m Shakespearean theater in Merseyside has set its opening date for July. With student performances winning the BBC competition will be screened first, before Bard’s performance.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse, in Prescot, because it is based on the 17th Century Cockpit theater in London.

The opening ceremony will take place on the 15th of July. Because it will Followed by the first full-length play on stage in September.

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Chief executive Melanie Lewis called it a “private space”.

English oak

Prescot is believed to have been the only deliberately built theater in Elizabethan outside London, built in 1593.

No original plans survived, so the new location – which has been in use for the past 15 years. Because its similar to the Cockpit-in-Court, designed for Charles I by architect Inigo Jones at Whitehall Palace in 1629.

“It’s a play by Elizabeth’s hand-painted theater mixed with traditional methods,” said Lewis. “No screw, no glue clip, no nail.

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“It’s all covered with dowels and traditional carving techniques. You have 60 tons of English oak inside.”

Modern building

However, the 470-seat wooden hall is surrounded by a modern building with classrooms, a cafe, a bar, and a shop.
The opening event, to celebrate the “local heroes”. Will be an outdoor procession from the original Prescot theater to a new venue. Which will be opened that weekend for guests to see inside.

The first production of the stage, on 9 and 10 September. Because it will be made up of the winners of the As You Write It play competition. It was hosted by BBC One’s The One Show.

Shakespeare North Playhouse: A theater reveals opening
Shakespeare North Playhouse: A theater reveals opening

The three winners were Ruby, 15, from Lancashire; Rosie, 11, of Ayrshire; and Ana, 17, of Brighton because they worked with artists to complete their short plays.

“These are the first things that will be on stage and I think it’s important to clarify. The way,” said Ms Lewis. “This is about people learning their craft and this is about us enjoying. And being inspired by Shakespeare to create new and amazing things.”

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Later in September and October, the venue will be the “new song” at A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The new show will be co-directed by Matthew Dunster. Former director of Shakespeare’s Globe in London and current rugby player and actor Jimmy Fairhurst.

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