First Glimpse of £38m Replica Shakespeare North Playhouse Theatre

Before it opens next month, a first look inside a new Shakespearean theater model has been made public.

The only timber cockpit theater built in the manner of the 17th century outside of London will be the 450-seat Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, Merseyside.

The £38 million arena will open its doors on July 15 and offer “pay what you decide” ticket prices.

The only specifically designed Elizabethan theater outside of London is believed to have opened at Prescot in 1593.

The theater is intended to “inspire” people to engage with the arts, according to CEO Melanie Lewis.

It’s time to let the people in since this place is theirs, she remarked.

“While the entire structure is a piece of beauty in and of itself, what excites me most is how people will utilize it, how they will feel welcomed and comfortable, and how they will be.

Most importantly, though, I’m interested to see how everyone here—whether they’re seasoned performers, up-and-coming artists, or folks just discovering theater—will develop their creativity.

The Earl of Derby, who resided at Knowsley Hall, made it feasible for William Shakespeare to play at the initial theater.

The new venue is a copy of the Cockpit-in-Court, which architect Inigo Jones created in 1629 at Whitehall Palace for Charles I because the original theater’s designs were lost.

The borough was experiencing a “significant moment,” according to Knowsley Council.

The council has long desired to provide a top-notch cultural hub for the residents of Knowsley, so seeing the Shakespeare North Playhouse almost ready to open is a really remarkable development, according to leader Graham Morgan.

The Knowsley Council, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, the Treasury through Arts Council England, the Covid-19 Cultural Recovery Fund of the government, and individual contributions all contributed to the project’s funding.

More than 140,000 tourists are anticipated to come to the area each year thanks to the site.

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