This flier goes out now as tickets for the masterly production at the venues Calderstones Mansion, Prescot Church and Sudley Hall gardens, will not last long at the box office!
With Liverpool set to have its own Northern Globe, audiences here are a magnet for all things Shakespeare.
A proposed new Shakespeare North Playhouse and education centre in Prescot, has recently been given the go ahead by Knowsley Council’s Planning Committee, with councillors voting unanimously in support of this major development.
The whole venture is set to attract thousands of national and international visitors and students to the town and the City Region.
It also means that Prescot will once again have a playhouse at its heart-an echo of Elizabethan times when it was the only English town outside London to have a purpose-built indoor playhouse.
The new playhouse will stand just a few metres from the original site of the Elizabethan theatre and as well as being an exciting space to perform plays, the centre will also be a magnet for students from all over the world, hoping to study Shakespeare and his work.
It is estimated that this theatres education centre will deliver more than £10m worth of value to the local economy, as well as 210 construction jobs and 57 full-time jobs once the facility opens.
I am seriously hoping that this venture will provide enormous educational and cultural opportunities for the local people; something which in the light of recent educational comments about knowsleys attainments, will provide a valuable dimension for the youth to aspire to through the lucrative job opportunities.
On June 25th 11.30am at Prescot Church, a colleague from LJMU, the learned Scholar Elisapeth Graham will shed light on Prescot’s theatrical past, its connection to William Shakespeare and why an independent charity wants to build an authentic Elizabethan theatre and college in the town.
‘Friends’ in the Cultural world often cry for funding….. but place North or better still Northern Powerhouse infront of any bid and you will be surprised. George Osborne has pledged up to £5million to turn a council-owned carpark into a 350 seat Jacobean-style theatre and university college focusing on Shakespeare drama.
This site was once a well-known Elizabethan cock fighting pit and indoor theatre. The new designs I have seen are based on The Cockpit in Whitehall drawn up in 1629 by Indigo Jones and look fantastic.
Already Dame Helen Mirren, Clive Owen, Kim Cattrall and Vanessa Redgrave, along with Sir Paul McCartney and the Prime Minister David Cameron have supported the new project calling it an ‘excellent proposal’.
So, on Saturday 4th and 11th June, journey deep into the forest of Arden with the award winning MATE Productions team for a sample of the bard’s offerings in the play ‘As You Like It’.
For, in this hilarious and magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most glorious comedy, you will see the cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes learn how to embrace their imaginations, let go of their fears-and surrender to romance.
With original live music, country dancing, stunning design and hilarious performances this promises to be a real summer treat for all the family.
Tickets £12 adults, £8 children
More information on 0151 426 4979 or online http://www.mateproductions.co.uk
The course of true love never did run smooth
We love a bit of Shakespeare and we love outdoor performances of the Bard’s work. And what better than the fabulous romp, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Award winning MATE Productions in partnership with Shakespeare North and the RSC Open Stages programme present this spectacular promenade indoor and outdoor production, premiering in the beautiful 15th century church and woodland gardens of Prescot Parish Church, and touring woodlands and community gardens across Knowsley, Liverpool and Stratford Upon Avon between May – August 2015.
Gaynor La Rocca, Artistic Director of MATE Productions is working with Shakespeare North to develop and lead their community engagement and is launching the programme in the summer of 2015 with this exciting three way partnership between MATE Productions, Shakespeare North and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Over 100 local community actors, dancers, musicians, singers, sewers, crafters and volunteers aged 8 – 79 years have been working for the past 7 months with MATE Productions’ team of professional practitioners; including theatre designer Adele Hayter, winner of the Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse Design prize 2014, musical directors and composers Aimee and Taran Harris, choreographers Alan Pugh and Rachael Farrell, and practitioners from the Royal Shakespeare Company, to create this magical outdoor promenade performance of Shakespeare’s most loved comedy.
With live musicians and singers, fairy dancers, stunning design and a talented local cast, this production promises to be magical, unique, family-friendly and fully accessible for wheelchairs. Community engagement also includes an exciting programme of free arts and craft workshops in local schools where children will make dream catchers and magical artefacts to hang on the trees and transform the woodlands into a midsummer’s fairyland. Families are encouraged to bring their children to performances dressed as flower fairies or naughty sprites. There will be facepainters before the show and during the interval and children can choose fairy flower designs or the tribal markings of a sprite.
DATES & VENUES
Sat 30th May – 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sun 31st May – 2.30pm & 7.30pm, Sat 6th June – 7.30pm Prescot Parish Church woodland gardens, Church Street, Prescot, L34 3LA
Sunday 21st June – 2.30pm & 7.30pm St Nicholas Church gardens – Church Road, Halewood, L26 6LA
Sat 11th July – 2.30pm & 7.30pm Calderstones Mansion House gardens, Calderstones Park, L18 3JB
Sunday 2nd August – 12pm The Dell at the RSC in Stratford Upon Avon
Sunday 9th August – 3pm Woodlands Rest Home gardens, Wood Lane, Netherley, L27 4YA
Seating in the woodland in Prescot and Halewood will be on hay bales or bring a blanket. For other venues, please bring a folding garden seat or a blanket to sit on. Don’t forget waterproof clothing in case of rain – please no umbrellas as it will obscure the view for other audience members.
For tickets telephone: 0151 281 8461 or purchase online from: www.mateproductions.co.uk