Shakespeare North Playhouse – Official Opening!

19 May 2023


The Duke of Edinburgh has officially opened the Shakespeare North Playhouse with a commemorative plaque in his first official engagement since the coronation of King Charles III.

Calling the project “a fantastic clash of cultures…” and stating that “that’s what the arts are all about, bringing that ethos to life”.


Foreman Roberts are incredibly proud to have played a part in this fantastic prestigious award-winning theatre which is expected to act as a catalyst for economic regeneration, community engagement and nurturing education with its anticipated 140,000 visitors.



About the Project:


Modelled on theatre designs made popular in the Elizabethan era, the entire venue seats over 1000 audience members (450 in the cockpit theatre) and is one of three theatres that make up the UK’s Shakespearean triangle. The other two being located in London and Stratford-upon-Avon.

Constructed in a green oak frame combining traditional methods of construction with modern technique, the unique conversion comprised of two main components, the 2-storey classical frons-scenae theatre, and a removable calico ceiling. Both of these components are replicated and can be dismantled to facilitate and recreate historical transformations across the 100-year time span.

Other facilities, alongside the actual theatre will include a fully accessible outdoor performance garden, an exhibition gallery, 60-seat studio theatre, learning centre, events spaces, and a café and bar with outdoor piazza.