London, 19 April 2023 – Cain International (‘Cain’), the privately held investment firm, alongside McCourt Global, Galliard Homes, Vanke, Investec and The Estate Office Shoreditch, has appointed leading creative studio Bompas & Parr to deliver the Museum of Shakespeare at The Stage, its 2.3- acre mixed-use development in Shoreditch.
The world-renowned firm, which has worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Mercedes, and LVMH as well as cultural institutions including The Barbican, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art will forge a gripping experience set within the archaeological remains of The Curtain Playhouse. Visitors will have the opportunity to view newly unearthed archaeological discoveries while being immersed in a dynamic retelling of a day in the life of William Shakespeare.
Hosting a variety of activities from plays to fencing matches, The Curtain Playhouse was a cultural and social centre for the city during Shakespeare’s time. An archaeological excavation of the site during 2011-16 uncovered its remains, with the Museum of Shakespeare now set to make them publicly accessible for the first time, enabling scholars and the public alike to learn more about this important site and its fascinating history.
The museum is being developed in collaboration with Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) and Historic England, alongside a panel of Shakespearean academic advisors.
Comprising 19,000 sq ft, the Museum of Shakespeare will be the centrepiece of The Stage, a 2.3-acre mixed-use development that includes a 37–storey residential tower with 412 apartments, two office buildings, as well as over 60,000 sq ft of retail and restaurant space and more than an acre of new public realm.
Jonathan Goldstein, CEO of Cain International said: “The Museum of Shakespeare will bring a unique proposition of culture, entertainment and history to the heart of Shoreditch. We are thrilled to be working with Bompas & Parr to deliver a brilliant experience that will reinforce The Stage’s position as one of the most exciting places in central London to live, work, shop and dine.”
Harry Parr, Co-Founder of Bompas & Parr said: “We are delighted to be working with Cain and The Stage’s wider investment consortium to create a new cultural attraction with such rich history and potential. The Museum of Shakespeare will be the most ambitious project that Bompas & Parr has undertaken and is in line with our mission to create location-based experiences that make London a more interesting place and a city unrivalled in its cultural importance and reputation for world-class entertainment. This will be Shakespeare as you have never experienced it before.”