Skyscraper Planned For Site Of Shakespeare's Theatre

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 120 months ago
Skyscraper Planned For Site Of Shakespeare's Theatre

A proposal for a 38-storey residential tower on the site of a Shakespearean theatre in Shoreditch is to be submitted to Hackney council later this month.

The Stage Shoreditch, as it has been clumsily named, sits beside the recently uncovered remains of the Curtain Theatre, a venue that held the first performances of Romeo and Juliet and Henry V, among other plays.

Plus points: the new scheme incorporates the remains of the Bard's old theatre into a subterranean display, which will be managed by the Museum of London. Also, the project seeks to convert a disused part of the old Broad Street - Dalston railway (the same spur now used by the East London line extension) into an urban park. On the downside, we're not overly sold on the design, and the project would mark another step by the 'scraper-thronged City into Shoreditch territory.

Further details can be found at Building Design (free registration required).

Last Updated 14 June 2012