Vote launched to name new Shakespeare North Playhouse's street name

Playwright William Shakespeare spent time in Prescot during his youth
Playwright William Shakespeare spent time in Prescot during his youth
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The vote is now open to choose the name of the street that will be home to the new Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot.

Hundreds of people with Shakespearean knowledge and a bit of an imagination have put forward their ideas and a total of 378 suggestions have been submitted. They range from the names of Shakespeare’s plays, his characters and other historical links to Prescot.

Coun Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “We’ve had a fantastic response to this competition and people have put a lot of thought into their suggestions. The judging panel was really impressed with the range of names and how people have linked them to the new Playhouse and Prescot.

“It was a difficult task to shortlist only six suggestions, but the judges feel that they show the creativity of the proposals and any of these would make a unique and memorable street name.

“I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit an idea and I’m looking forward to seeing which name is chosen.”

The shortlist

These are the six shortlisted proposals and the reason given by the people who suggested them:

Elsinore Place

“Elsinore is the location of the castle which features in the famous play Hamlet and ‘Place’ would be apt for the thoroughfare as it will be leading to a place where Shakespeare’s work will be enjoyed by young and old, from near and far.”

Strange's Men Walk

“This name was chosen because Lord Strange’s Men were the acting company who most likely staged some of Shakespeare’s works at the original theatre in Prescot.”

Prospero Place

“Prospero is a character from The Tempest. He learned sorcery and Prescot could do with a little magic! The playhouse could be the best cultural thing to happen to Prescot and Knowsley in general.

Also, Prospero symbolises theatrical illusion and that is what the new Shakespeare theatre will bring to the people of Prescot.”

“We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep”- Prospero, The Tempest.

Cardenio Way*

“Cardenio is the title of a lost play but credited to Shakespeare and was one that was performed during his lifetime. Weint is an old English word describing a narrow lane and/or well-used pathway which fits well. It is short, snappy, and easy to say and is memorable!”

*Note: To comply with street naming policy, Weint has been changed to Way.

Siddons Street

“To be named after Sarah Siddons, the elder sister of Prescot-born actor John Philip Kemble. She was most famous for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth and she would have lived in Prescot when her brother John was born in 1757. She was mentioned in William Wordsworth's epic poemThe Prelude (1798).”

Illyria Way

“Illyria is the fictional island in which the characters are shipwrecked on in Twelfth Night. This is a brilliant comedic play and some students in the area will know it from studying Shakespeare at school.”

How to vote

To cast your vote, you need to visit www.knowsleynews.co.uk/vote-shakespeare to select your favourite.

The chosen name and the person behind it will be announced early July.