Imaginarium is a theatre and community arts organisation based in Cockpit House in Prescot, Knowsley, established in 2000 as Merseyside Arts Theatre and Education (MATE Productions), led by Artistic Director Gaynor La Rocca and a dynamic team of creative professionals. 


We specialise in spectacular site-specific and outdoor touring productions of Shakespeare’s plays, re-imaginings of literary classics and enchanting walkabout fairytale productions for children and families.


Imaginarium delivers creative skills development and life enhancing community engagement across the generations through theatre, music, dance and the creative arts and produces artistic work of a professional quality that continues to push boundaries and never fails to surprise and delight


The idyllic home venue for our outdoor touring productions is located in a beautiful woodland setting behind the grade 1 listed Prescot Parish Church in the heart of Prescot’s historic town centre.


Imaginarium use theatre magic and fairy dust to transform this little-used space into Prescot Woodland Theatre, seating up to 200 people within this intimate woodland amphitheatre.


Imaginarium’s exciting new outdoor event space is the £0.5 million heritage lottery funded amphitheatre at Market Place, Prescot.   We will be working with local partners and cultural and community organisations to provide an exciting year round programme of creative and cultural outdoor events.


At the heart of the Piazza you will find the new Imaginarium Bistro serving Italian and Mediterranean fusion food 7 days a week.  

To find out more, click here or visit http://www.imaginariumbistro.co.uk

to find out much more.


The Imaginarium Story Tent is a stunning green and white 9m big top funded by Awards for All and local partners that will provide an all weather creative community hub at The Piazza at Market Place from the summer of 2019. 


The Story Tent will host events, performances and workshops for local people of all ages and from all walks of life.


Imaginarium is kindly supported by Arts Council England and Knowsley MBC. We are an Associate Company of the Shakespeare North Trust and an RSC Open Stages company since 2013. A wide range of trusts and foundations support our diverse programme of work with young people and within schools and the local community.

If you would like to help fund our valuable work please use the buttons below to make a donation or you can contact us at



Cockpit House, 34 Church St, Prescot L34 3LA 

 hello@imaginariumtheatre.co.uk  |  Tel. 0151 426 4979

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