St Margaret Mary’s Junior School in Huyton is building its own replica of the world famous Shakespearean Globe Theatre.
Inspired by the plans for the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot and a visit to the reconstruction of Shakespeare’s Globe on the Southbank in London, the timber framed structure is being built in the school playground by the very talented Simon Lyon, a local contractor.
Once completed, the theatre will include a performance stage and seating for 120 people as well as a magnificent thatched roof.
It will help to support the children’s learning and development through drama, performance and the works of Shakespeare himself and will be used as an outdoor classroom for lessons and for performances throughout the year. It will also be made available for other local schools and the wider community to use.
Marcella Armstrong, Head teacher at St Margaret Mary’s Junior School said: “We’re really excited about our replica globe theatre. It is a great addition to our school and will be a platform for the development of language and communication and the whole curriculum.
“We want our theatre to raise interest and involvement in Shakespeare and with the planned Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot it is a great time to encourage our pupils and the wider community to get involved.
“The encouragement and praise we have received for the project has been heartfelt and very welcome, along with the recognition that we are the only school in the country to have embarked on such an inspirational project.”
Ian Tabbron Interim Chief Executive of the Shakespeare North Playhouse commented: “We are delighted to see how inspired St Margaret Mary’s pupils have been by our new Playhouse in Prescot which is focused on education, language and performance and will be at the heart of the community.
“It is a bold and imaginative scheme which we know will provide great benefits for learning and personal development for all the students and their families. We look forward to being a partner with the many future Shakespeare inspired projects across Knowsley!”
The project has also attracted international recognition from as far afield as Australia and has received visits from Dr Peter McCurdy, Architect and Project Manager of the globe in London and Dr Mike Yates, Project Manager and Architect of Shakespeare North Playhouse.
It is expected that work on the replica theatre will be completed by September 2018.
The construction of the mini globe has received funding support from the Knowsley Better Together Environmental Challenge Fund. Knowsley Better Together brings people and organisations together for the benefit of Knowsley and its residents and further information is available on the council’s website.