AN International Symposium with leading scholars of Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre culture will take place in Knowsley, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. The symposium at Knowsley Hall promises to reveal new research and interpretation about the deep involvement of The Earls of Derby and other members of the Stanley family in the world of Shakespearean theatre, especially in the North West. The Earl and Countess of Derby, in conjunction with Shakespeare North Trust and Liverpool John Moores University, are hosting the event on Wednesday 19 October. World-famous speakers will be coming together to talk about the story behind Prescot and Knowsley’s links to Shakespeare: in other words, the Shakespeare North story. This is the very first time that all of the historical links will be put together between Shakespeare, the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Earls of Derby, and Knowsley and Prescot. If you would like to attend the symposium, tickets cost £75 and include refreshments throughout the day and a 2 course hot and cold buffet lunch. Places for this event are limited and can be booked online.