The Stage: Curtain Raiser
“All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players,” wrote Shakespeare. Fittingly, one of the biggest ‘stages’ in London at the moment is a 2.5-acre site in Shoreditch where a £750m mixed-use development is taking shape on the site of the 16th-century Curtain Theatre, where Henry V is believed to have first been performed.
When fully built out, the scheme will offer 32,668 sq ft of retail, 205,634 sq ft of office space, a 37-storey residential tower and, perhaps most intriguingly of all, a historic Shakespearean playhouse visitor attraction.
The ‘players’ in this production, aptly christened The Stage, are joint venture partners Cain Hoy, Galliard Homes, McCourt, Vanke and The Estate Office Shoreditch, which acquired the site two years ago.