Two new theatres are at the heart of an economic recovery plan for the whole of Liverpool City Region. The 'Building Back Better' plan sets out how £1.4bn in investment could unlock £8.8bn of projects to begin in the next 12 months.
"40 fully-costed, shovel-ready interventions, which would create more than 120,000 jobs in total" have been identified in the plan.
These include a £70m project to develop a Southport Theatre and Convention Centre to replace existing facilities, which the plan's backers say will add £25m per annum to the local economy and transform the town centre, culminating in a new ‘Southport Square’.
Shakespeare North Playhouse, already being built in Prescot and opening in 2022, will be a flexible theatre with capacity for between 320 and 472 seats. A further £3m is now needed to secure the project’s construction delivery.
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