A Shakespearean theatre and education centre would transform culture and economy in Prescot, the director of the town’s annual arts festival says.
“Having been bringing arts and music to our town for over a decade now, we are fully behind Shakespeare North’s plans,” said Dr Robert Howard.
“Prescotians are rightly proud of their ancient Lancastrian heritage, and with all the history that has emerged in the last few years about Prescot’s role in theatre, culture and commerce in the region, it is the right time to start promoting it beyond the town’s borders.”
This June’s festival will pay homage to Shakespeare—who counted Prescot’s Earl of Derby among his rich patrons—with its 2016 Short Story Competition.
Entrants are being asked to take inspiration from the phrase ‘in a pickle,’ which was first recorded in Shakespeare’s tragicomedy *The Tempest.
Other Shakespearean highlights of the 10-day programme include a talk by LJMU historian Elspeth Graham, as well as Shakespeare-inspired show songs and orchestral pieces, courtesy of BOST and the South Liverpool Orchestra, respectively.
Plus, MATE Productions will present their hilarious ‘Pop-up Shakespeare’ at the Prescot Carnival during festival week.
“Four hundred years ago, Prescot was the site of the first free-standing playhouse outside London,” Robert continued, “and therefore symbolised arts and culture, formerly reserved for the rich and powerful, being brought to ordinary people.
“It’s exactly what we have tried to do as a festival, and it’s why we support and are tremendously hopeful for Shakespeare North’s upcoming project.”
The 12th Annual Prescot Festival of Music and the Arts runs from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 June. Full programme information is online at
www.prescotfestival.co.uk, and tickets are now on sale online or in person from Poco Coffee at 30 Eccleston Street, Prescot.