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The new £30m Shakespeare North Playhouse takes shape. Photo: Knowsley Council.
The new £30m Shakespeare North Playhouse takes shape. Photo: Knowsley Council.

A NEW theatre in the north west of England which pays homage to the life and works of William Shakespeare is starting to take shape.

The arrival of a huge 190ft high crane on a construction site in the town of Prescot signals the start of the ambitious £30 million, 350 seat Shakespeare North Playhouse which opens in 2022.

As reported in the Herald last October, the Playhouse is modelled on the cockpit-in-court design of the 17th century and will complete a ‘Shakespearean Triangle’ linking London, Stratford-upon-Avon and Prescot. It will also provide cradle to grave learning opportunities, an outdoor performance garden, ‘black box’ studio, an exhibition centre and visitor attraction.



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