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    Default Shakespeare theatre in Prescot

    This is the first I've heard of this project, seems interesting

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...de/7052189.stm

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    This has come up before.
    The claim is that Prescot had the first indoor theatre in the country.
    That's impossible to believe.
    Besides, it calls it the cockpit theatre, so if anything, it was converted from a cockpit.
    Liverpool, along with lots of other places, had cockpits used as theatres in the 16th century.

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    I think there's some misunderstanding here. Although many cockpits were converted to theatres, it's also a term to describe the pit of a theatre. In this case the aim is to recreate an Elizabethan cockpit theatre by trading on Shakespeare's Prescot connections.

    To claim that it's "impossible" to believe Prescot had the first indoor theatre in the country is silly.

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    The pit area of a theatre takes its name from "a sunken area" and certainly not from "cock-pit" (such a claim is silly).
    Cock-pits were made for cock-fighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhilipG View Post
    The pit area of a theatre takes its name from "a sunken area" and certainly not from "cock-pit" (such a claim is silly).
    http://www.britannica.com/dictionary?va=cockpit
    http://sorabji.com/d/dictionary/cockpit/
    http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/cockpit
    http://www.yourdictionary.com/cockpit

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