Robert Gore-Langton

Why Merseyside is the natural home for a Shakespearean theatre

Prescot was the site of the first free-standing, purpose-built indoor playhouse outside London – and now it's home to the game-changing Shakespeare North

You enter an octagonal cocoon, modelled on a 1630 playhouse, built of slowly splitting green oak.

Prescot is a neglected little town in Merseyside noted for having Britain’s second narrowest street and for its Brazilian waxing salon. It’s now also home to Shakespeare North, a game-changing new theatre. This handsome, modern brick building overlooking a Jacobean church has a light, airy, unfussy interior – a stairway to heaven.

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