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.