The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is so happy to share with you our extraordinary news. We have acquired an historic property in Downtown Baltimore that will allow us to create a second home indoors and significantly expand our operations. With this new property, we will be able to present an eight-month season of productions and extensive after-school and weekend educational programs indoors. The building is the landmark 1885 Mercantile Trust and Deposit Company building located at 7 South Calvert Street on the corner of Calvert and Redwood, just two blocks from Baltimore's celebrated Inner Harbor. But don't worry, outdoor Shakespeare fans! We will continue to perform a full summer season in our outdoor home at the PFI Historic Park in Howard County.

Once we have renovated the 20,000 square foot building and, with the guidance of the notable Baltimore architectural firm Cho Benn Holback + Associates, created an unforgettable, intimate 250 seat theatre, CSC's outreach to the community will increase dramatically as we add Baltimore City residents to our community of enthusiastic CSC supporters. The total project is expected to cost six million dollars.

The building is not only historic, but immensely striking, with beautiful carved stone, arched windows, and unusual architecture. We hope to create a "modern Globe" theater that will combine the intimacy of a traditional Elizabethan playhouse with a contemporary sense of design and convenience.

As we have for ten years in Ellicott City, the new space will also offer innovative, clear, vigorous productions of Shakespeare and other classic plays and smart and thoughtful educational projects. In addition, we plan to host international arts events and festivals that will bring theater and other arts groups to Baltimore.

A ten minute walk from the Hippodrome and the exciting new Everyman Theatre space and a fifteen minute walk from CenterStage, our new cultural home will help create a "theater triangle" in downtown Baltimore. We have been so delighted by the enthusiastic support of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, The Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, the Baltimore Development Corporation, VISIT Baltimore, and the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

“I am very excited that the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is choosing Baltimore for its new indoor home,” Batimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “This is a welcome cultural asset that strengthens downtown as a growing and vibrant neighborhood. I look forward to seeing the first show.”

Kirby Fowler, President of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore offers that: “We couldn’t be more excited about Chesapeake Shakespeare’s arrival into Downtown Baltimore. Their plans for adaptive reuse are perfect for this building, one of Downtown’s greatest historic structures. After 130 years, it’s as if this building is finally becoming what it was meant to be. The new theater will be located in the heart of the City’s fastest growing neighborhood, where it will quickly become a cultural destination for our many residents, employees, and visitors."

Renovations began in early 2013 with the opening date scheduled for September 20, 2014.