• Shakespeare North Trust, Prescot, Knowsley, Knowsley Council

Shakespeare theatre plans to progress next week

Shakespeare North Trust’s proposed 350-seat theatre and education centre is recommended for approval by Knowsley Council next week.

A final decision will be made on the planned Prescot venue, which is said to be a ‘fantastic opportunity to bring Shakespeare theatre to the North of the country’ by supporters of the scheme, during a meeting on 21 April.

The local authority’s planning committee will discuss the plans, which also include educational facilities, a further multi-use space for performances with a capacity of 140 seats, a book shop, coffee shop and bar and landscaping including an outdoor performance area that could accommodate 150 people.

Prior to the decision, which is being made in the month that the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death is being commemorated with events across Merseyside and across the country, Knowsley Council has already pledged £6 million to the scheme and the government has also backed the project.

A report to be discussed by the committee says the proposed development, on the site of the only freestanding purpose-built Elizabethan era theatre outside of London, would make a “positive contribution to the regeneration of Prescot town centre”.

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