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The Wharf – A Glimpse into the Evolution of Theatre

05 May 2016

MOLA experts have been given a rare opportunity to excavate a key cultural location and one of East London’s least historically documented sites, The Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch. The excavation coincides with the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and the launch of Galliard’s brand new mixed-use development, The Stage, which will house a 37-storey residential tower and a heritage centre dedicated to displaying the remains.

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Archaeology News Network – The Excavation of the Century

27 April 2016

One of Shakespeare’s original playhouses, The Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch, is undergoing an excavation to unveil the mysteries of Elizabethan history and the evolution of theatre. The theatre dates back more than 400 years and is said to be where Henry V was first performed. The remains found will then be carefully preserved in a heritage centre at The Stage – Galliard’s brand new, mixed-use development.

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Daily Mail Online - Shakespearean History Uncovered at The Curtain Theatre

26 April 2016

Dating back to 1577, The Curtain Theatre is a valued part of Shakespearean, and indeed Shoreditch, history, but until now little has been known about the playhouse, which is said to be where Shakespeare himself performed and where plays such as Henry V were premiered. Excavation of the site started on the 25th April, and the remains found will feature in a new heritage centre at The Stage – Galliard’s luxury, mixed-use development on Curtain Road. 

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"One of the best preserved examples of an Elizabethan theatre in the UK"

CoStar Online – 400 Years of History at The Stage

25 April 2016

The anticipated excavation of The Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch is now underway, just in time for the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and experts are excited to uncover the hidden mysteries of the building which now sits 2-3m below ground level on the site on Curtain Road. Once the dig is complete, the remains will be featured as a cultural centrepiece in Galliard’s new mixed-use development, The Stage.

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Heritage Daily Online – Excavation Begins at The Curtain Theatre

25 April 2016

One of Shakespeare’s least documented theatres – dating back to the 1600s where it is thought that plays such as Henry V premiered – is about to undergo a massive excavation to reveal the hidden mysteries of the building and the ‘cultural makeup’ of Shoreditch, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. The remains of The Curtain Theatre will then be preserved in-situ within Galliard’s brand new mixed-use development, The Stage. 

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London Evening Standard Online - Dig Down into Elizabethan History

25 April 2016

The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) is inviting families to come together and ‘dig their way down to Elizabethan times’ at The Curtain Theatre, where the excavation is now underway to uncover the hidden truths of Shakespeare’s original Shoreditch playhouse. Evidence of the theatre was found in 2012 and following the dig, the remains will be preserved and showcased for visitors to observe in a heritage centre at Galliard’s new development, The Stage.

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The Telegraph Online – Shakespeare Was a ‘Shoreditch Boy’

25 April 2016

Archaeologists have just started digging at the site of the original Curtain Theatre, where Shakespeare himself performed and timeless plays including Henry V once premiered. A brand new mixed-use development, The Stage – led by Galliard in a joint venture – will be built on the site once the excavation is complete and will house the remains found in a heritage centre dedicated to the theatre, Shakespeare and Shoreditch’s history. 

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Hackney Gazette - The Curtain Theatre Takes Centre Stage

25 April 2016

Shakespeare’s original Shoreditch playhouse, The Curtain Theatre, is currently undergoing an excavation by MOLA archaeologists, where it is hoped artefacts uncovered will unveil the cultural makeup of the area and the nature of theatre in the 16th and 17th centuries. Once complete, the site will then be home to a new, mixed-use development – The Stage – which will house a heritage centre and public performance area dedicated to exhibiting the remains.

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Estates Gazette - Shakespeare’s Legacy Lives on at The Stage

22 April 2016

The countdown for the excavation of Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre in Shoreditch begins, coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. The remains will be featured in a heritage centre within a new development, amply named The Stage, which will house a 37-storey residential tower and 400,000 of mixed-use space. The development – Galliard’s joint venture with Cain Hoy, McCourt, Vanke and the Estate Office Shoreditch – is expected to be completed in 2019. 

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