Shakespeare North Playhouse will open to the public in July 2022 – a major highlight of Knowsley’s year as the Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture.

About Shakespeare North Playhouse

The stunning new venue, home to the only 17th-century style timber theatre outside London and anticipated to attract 140,000 visitors a year, will open its doors to the public with a joyful weekend of free festivities from 15 to 17 July. Housed inside a modern new energy efficient building, the venue also offers a fully accessible outdoor performance garden, exhibition gallery, 60-seater studio theatre, learning centre, exhibition and events spaces, and a café and bar with outdoor piazza.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse is inspired by Prescot’s historic connections to William Shakespeare and a love of storytelling. In addition to providing a world class attraction, its mission is to be a resource for the whole North West, nurturing creativity and talent through an inclusive education programme, as a catalyst for transforming lives. The building will be an accessible space full of joy and creativity, where everyone is welcome.

What’s On?

Shakespeare North Playhouse has unveiled its spectacular opening programme, with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, A Christmas Carol, Johnny Vegas, and Jimmy McGovern among the season highlights at the iconic new £30m theatre in Prescot, Liverpool.

The full programme can be viewed on

How do I get tickets?

Tickets will go on sale for all Shakespeare North Playhouse shows at the end of April on . Ticket prices will range from £3 to £35 with discounts for families, schools, groups, and other concessions throughout the season.

In support of the Playhouse’s commitment to the local community and access to the arts, a proportion of tickets will be available on a ‘Pay What You Decide’ basis, with some reserved for Knowsley residents.

Audiences are advised to check the venue holding website and social media channels for details. A supporters’ scheme will also launch in April, giving people the opportunity to get priority booking, an invitation to an opening welcome event and more.

Young people

The theatre aims to work in partnership with every school in Knowsley to offer children and young people inspirational arts and cultural experiences, through opportunities such as hip-hop workshops, drawing sessions, youth theatre activities and comedy projects.

Staff are reaching out to schools and support services, to invite children and young people to join in celebrating this new resource on their doorstep and share the message that this is their theatre.

Access for all

Shakespeare North Playhouse is committed to ensuring everyone can enjoy its events. They are working with local specialists ACT to make events accessible to all. Please check the website when booking for details of British Sign Language interpreted, audio-described and relaxed performances.

How can I find out more and keep up to date with everything that’s going on?

Keep an eye on or follow Shakespeare North on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.


To find out more about the opening programme please click the button below