Millions of people around the world will pay tribute to William Shakespeare during 2016, the 400th anniversary of his death.
Here in Knowsley we have our own special connection to the Bard – who is widely believed to have spent time in Knowsley and at Knowsley Hall, and it is thought he wrote A Midsummer’s Night Dream to mark the marriage of the sixth Earl of Derby, William.
And with the proposed Shakespeare North theatre development for Prescot set to re-ignite this connection between Shakespeare and Knowsley, here are five ways that you can celebrate the work of the world’s greatest playwright in the borough this year:
- Watch pop-up performances by MATE Productions of Macbeth (Saturday 2 April) and Romeo & Juliette (Saturday 4 June) in Prescot Town Centre
- Come along to a distinctly Shakespearean flavoured Elizabethan Fayre in Prescot on Saturday 4 June in Prescot Town Centre and at Prescot Parish Church, 10am – 3pm
- Enjoy an outdoor performance of As You Like It by MATE Productions in the grounds of Prescot Parish Church. Date still to be confirmed but keep an eye on http://mateproductions.co.uk/shows/ for more details soon
- Take in a production of Much Ado About Nothing in the same surroundings that once inspired William Shakespeare himself – outdoors in the grounds of Knowsley Hall on Thursday, August 11 at 7.30pm. The play is performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men – a renowned touring Shakespeare company – and an unforgettable experience is guaranteed
- Stay tuned on 21 April to find out if planning permission for the proposed Shakespeare theatre in Prescot town centre is given the go-ahead…
If you will be celebrating William Shakespeare in Knowsley this year – tell us. Send us a message on social media using the hashtags #shakespeare400 and #knowsley