The graffiti is almost correct, but not quite. This site just off Curtain Road in Shoreditch, East London was the site of "The Theatre". The misunderstanding comes because it is believed that following a business disagreement (and a temporary move to the neighbouring Curtain Theatre), the timbers from The Theatre were later spirited across the Thames in the dead of night in order to build The Globe Theatre in Southwark. The Theatre in Shoreditch, however, was where many of William Shakespeare's works including "Romeo & Juliet" were first performed.
Gallus Studio has a long-term relationship with the site and the charitable trust that owns it. In 2015 Christopher Daniel was brought in along with Fisher Dachs of New York to develop a scheme for a "neo-Elizabethan" theatre space that would suit traditionally-staged Shakespearean performance while also accommodating touring productions across a range of other art forms.
The programme for this tight urban site proposes a theatre at ground level with carefully designed high end residential units above. Challenges for the scheme include the relationship between a working theatre, its neighbouring residents (including overhead) and the globally important archaeological remains in the ground below.
Location: Shoreditch, London, UK
Type: Thrust stage theatre; residential units; bar; restaurant; museum; mixed-use development
Team: Gallus Studio; Fisher Dachs