Galliard Homes has completed The Stage, the £750 million development of a 37-storey residential tower with 412 apartments on the site of William Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, London.
Galliard has worked with joint venture partners Cain International, McCourt Partners, Vanke and The Estate Office Shoreditch to create a mixed-use hub on the 2.3-acre site, with the residential tower alongside two office blocks providing 257,000 sq ft of commercial space, 60,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space and a performing arts pavilion.
The Curtain Theatre had a capacity of 1,400 and was the main venue for Shakespeare and his company, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, around 1597-99, before The Globe was built. Henry V had its debut here.
During excavations, remains of the Elizabethan Curtain Theatre, dating back to 1577, were uncovered some three metres below the surface of the development. The preserved archaeological ruins will form part of the new Museum of Shakespeare, set to open in 2024, making this a revived cultural destination for East London.
Working alongside Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA), Historic England and a panel of Shakespearean academics, the new Museum of Shakespeare will use new AI-technology to bring the theatre to life.
As a homage to the site’s history as a place for leisure, the residential tower’s two basement levels are dedicated to entertainment and lifestyle amenities over 13,700 sq ft of space, with a special games and amenities concierge in addition to the tower’s hotel-style concierge.
“The Stage forms part of a new cultural hub for Londoners, transforming this historic site from Shakespeare’s times into a modern destination for the 21st century,” said David Galman, sales director. “Today’s buyers want access to state-of-the-art amenities, and this is where The Stage stands out, with our underground amusement arcade, flexible workspaces and stunning sky terrace overlooking London.”
The games arcade has a bespoke duckpin bowling alley, golf simulator, and extensive collection of classic arcade games including a dance machine, Pac-Man, Mortal Kombat, and racing games. For groups there is a pool table, air hockey, and table tennis.
The dual screening rooms pay homage to Shakespeare, with framed movie posters of screen adaptions of his plays. Residents can book screening rooms for private film nights, and food delivery can be organised to your seat through the dedicated concierge.
For hybrid working, there is a large 12-seater boardroom alongside a smaller meeting room, with cosy booths and comfortable breakout space. There is a large gym with mixed equipment, changing rooms and separate yoga studio.
There is a sky lounge and terrace on the 32nd floor with an Art Deco-style bar opening onto the terrace.