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Knowsley Ambassadors’ Events Return

by Lisa Bennett

More than 100 guests gathered for the return of the successful Knowsley Ambassadors’ programme at Shakespeare North Playhouse.

The event held on Wednesday 24 January, brought together individuals from organisations across Knowsley, or people connected to Knowsley, who share a passion for the place and its future prosperity.

Originally launched in 2014 (and paused due to the pandemic) Knowsley Ambassadors’ events provide people with the opportunity to keep up to date with the latest developments and news from across Knowsley, whilst making connections and positively promoting the borough as a great place to live, work, invest and visit.

As Knowsley celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, the Knowsley Ambassadors’ events programme has been relaunched and the event at the Shakespeare North Playhouse was the first to be held since 2020.

Chair of the Shakespeare North Trust, Max Steinberg, CBE DL, welcomed guests to the multi award-winning cultural venue and shared some of the impressive achievements since the theatre opened its doors in July 2022. Over the last 17 months, the Playhouse has welcomed 150,000 visitors through its doors and 100,000 tickets have been bought.

The Playhouse hosts a range of theatre, music, comedy, workshops and more. It has welcomed more than 19,000 children and young people since opening and 10% of audiences to date have never set foot inside any theatre before.

Inspired by Prescot’s historical connection to William Shakespeare and a love of storytelling, Shakespeare North Playhouse plays a key role in the ongoing transformation of Prescot and Knowsley.

Max commented:

“It was wonderful to welcome so many guests to the Playhouse for the Ambassadors’ event. For some, it was their first time visiting the venue and I very much hope they will return either to watch a show, take part in the wonderful activities we host, or to potentially host their own event.

“Shakespeare North Playhouse really is a venue for everyone, and this event has provided the opportunity to continue to develop partnerships with organisations and businesses across many sectors, spreading the cultural offer and facilities that are available to all.”

Councillor Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said:

“Knowsley Ambassadors’ events provide a great opportunity for people who work in or have an interest in Knowsley to make connections and work collaboratively for the benefit of Knowsley.

“We have a remarkable business community here in Knowsley and it was great to see so many people attend the event, to link up and connect with each other.  It reinforces how important these events are to bring together people who care about Knowsley and want to be involved in delivering a successful future.”

Guests also heard from Dale Milburn, Executive Director, Regeneration and Economic Development who presented a review of a decade of growth and achievements in Knowsley and outlined ambitious plans for the future.

Find out more about Knowsley’s Ambassadors’ programme.