Shakespeare plans for Prescot submitted

Published on: Wednesday, 27-January-2016

Knowsley Council has confirmed that plans to create a new Shakespearean theatre and education centre in Prescot have now been formally submitted for planning approval.

The plans from Shakespeare North Trust propose the creation of a new 350-seat playhouse and college to be located in Prescot on the site of the only freestanding purpose-built Elizabethan era theatre outside of London. 

The plans celebrate Knowsley’s connections to William Shakespeare and build on the evidence that suggests Shakespeare’s earliest plays were performed in Prescot. 

The proposals backed by local MP George Howarth have also recently been publicly praised by David Cameron and the Minister of State for Culture Ed Vaizey.

Knowsley Council have validated the planning application and will now consult the local community and are hopeful to make a decision in April 2016 – the month that millions of people across the globe will celebrate the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death.

The full application can be viewed online. Ref: 15/00838/FUL