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On The Table Read, “the best arts magazine in the UK“, discover the Strange Tale of the Shakespeare Detectives as Imaginarium Theatre takeover the Shakespeare North Playhouse.

For the second full length play in the opening season of the Cockpit Stage at Shakespeare North Playhouse, Imaginarium Theatre is thrilled to be staging STRANGE TALE from the 2nd to the 5th of November.

Will Shakespeare is in Prescot, but who knows why or how.

His Tudor days seem far away from the here and now.

He needs the help of locals, as time is running out –

His memory is fading, his writing future is in doubt!

Strange Tale from Shakespeare North Playhouse on The Table Read
Strange Tale

Who are the Shakespeare detectives, and how can they help? How does a mysterious portal in the barber shop where the Prescot Playhouse once stood, provide a clue to getting Will home? Who is Lord Strange, and why is he so extraordinarily strange?

And why does Will spend so much time at the pub?

Join the Bard at the bar for an unforgettable night of music, mystery, and mayhem.

Strange Tale

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Created through a series of devising workshops over the last year with writer Rob Brannen and director Gaynor La Rocca, this zany and fabulously funny new play draws on factual historical research, with lashings of artistic license, to bring an exciting new mythos of Prescot and its historic connection to the Bard.

The multi-award winning Imaginarium Ensemble, including 22 local community actors (with ages ranging from 16 – 86 years), are staging an exciting town takeover of the new playhouse. Rehearsals are currently in full swing at Imaginarium’s new town centre Arts Hub and momentum is building throughout the town.

“Prescot has been dreaming of the Shakespeare North Playhouse for years now, I wanted to ensure that when it opened the town knew it belonged to local people; that the space would be filled with their voices, their feet would tread those boards, and we would tell their stories. It’s been such a privilege to work with Rob and the Imaginarium Ensemble to create a brand-new production for the playhouse’s opening season, and I cannot wait for the town to see 22 local people on that glorious stage telling the strangest tale Prescot has heard in a long time!”

Gaynor La Rocca, Artistic Director/CEO

The Imaginarium Theatre

Imaginarium Theatre are a theatre and community arts organisation based in Prescot town centre in Knowsley. The company is led by a team of creative professionals who are passionate about their commitment to creating grass roots community theatre and exciting new work with local people, children, young people, and artists.

Imaginarium is an Associate Company of the Shakespeare North Playhouse and is supported by Arts Council England and Knowsley Council.  Imaginarium deliver an extensive program of training opportunities in performing and creative arts, community workshops and events, 5 FREE youth theatres, Arts Awards, and Holiday Playdays for under 10’s. They also support local artists and theatre companies by staging performances in their big top 80 seater heated cabin; the Imaginarium Roundhouse.

Visit their website and social media regularly to see some of their previous work and what is coming next.

Find the Shakespeare North Playhouse now:

Tickets from:

Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th November

Shakespeare North Playhouse

Prospero Place,


L34 3AB

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