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Shakespeare plans for Prescot considered

by Gemma Melling

A proposal to create a new Shakespearean theatre and education centre in Prescot will be considered for planning approval later this month.

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.

Last month, Knowsley Council pledged £6m of funding for the theatre, if planning permission is granted on Thursday 21 April.

It was followed by an announcement from Government that they too will contribute a further £5m towards the project.

The full application can be viewed on the council’s website – find it using the reference number 15/00838/FUL

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