Construction start date for Knowsley’s Shakespeare North Playhouse


Move Commercial magazine reports that Kier will begin the construction of Prescot’s highly anticipated multi-million pound Shakespeare North Playhouse next month.

It’s hoped the theatre and education centre, which will celebrate Knowsley’s links with Elizabethan drama and William Shakespeare himself, can attract hundreds of thousands of new visitors to the borough every year.

Beginning on 8 April, the initial work will require the closure of Mill Street for around five weeks to allow for the diversion of the existing drainage in and around the site and the installation of new drainage.

Once this is complete, the current hoardings will be moved to reduce the width of Mill Street, which will still allow pedestrian access to Mill Street but limited traffic access.

Following this, concrete piles, which will form the structure of the playhouse will be installed and then the site will be excavated in preparation for the main phase of construction work.

Key dates

  • From 8 April part of the Mill Street car park will be closed to the public as it will be used for the site compound. Access to the remainder of the car park will still be possible via Leyland Street.
  • From 15 April, Mill Street will be temporarily closed for around five weeks. After this it will be open for pedestrian access but restricted traffic access.
  • During April part of the bus station on Prospero Place will be closed to pedestrians, with a temporary bus stop located close to Church Street and temporary pedestrian access will be made available to access Eccleston Street.


Initial enabling work will last approximately 18 weeks and will be followed by the main phase of construction work for the playhouse which is expected to open in spring 2021.