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Old Merchants Club has a swashbuckling future with Chesapeake Shakespeare

Old Merchants Club has a swashbuckling future with Chesapeake Shakespeare

The building at 206 E. Redwood St. meets a crucial requirement — its ceilings are high enough to accommodate sword fights.

When the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company needed rehearsal and small-theater space, the cavernous fourth floor of the old Merchants Club met the blade-clashing challenge.

It's also helpful that the former men's luncheon club is next door to the theatrical company's main stage at the northeast corner of Calvert and Redwood streets.

The old club has been vacant since 2011 and was bought recently by Scott Helm and his Helm Real Estate Holdings. Helm is a board member of the Shakespeare troupe, which moved into downtown Baltimore from Ellicott City in 2014...

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