Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will to Commence The Stage, Shoreditch Development

Restoration of Shakespearean theatre with new residential and office buildings

Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will has won planning permission to begin The Stage, Shoreditch development. The project consists of a new 40-storey residential tower and theatre, as well as two buildings providing approximately 25,000 square metres of office space and approximately 4,500 square metres of shops and restaurants on a 2.5 acre site in Shoreditch, East London.

The scheme’s centrepiece will be a showcase of London’s second oldest Shakespearean playhouse, the 16th Century Curtain Theatre – where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed and which was discovered during archaeological investigations in 2011. The theatre and related finds will be excavated, preserved and exhibited including a 164-seat indoor auditorium. An additional 200-seat performance space will be built outside and linked to a square lined with shops, bars, and restaurants.

John Drew, principal at Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, stated, “It is a privilege to be preserving such an archaeological discovery for generations to come. The scheme’s design as well as its name befits the hidden gem currently underground and ensures that the Curtain Theatre takes centre stage when this disused site in Shoreditch is regenerated. We’ll be working very closely with the Museum of London Archaeology and English Heritage throughout the scheme’s development to safeguard this amazing find and create an outstanding, internationally significant cultural and educational attraction.”

The office and retail elements of the development have been designed to achieve a Breeam ‘Excellent’ standard and residential units will achieve Code for Sustainable Homes level four.

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