Cutty Sark to launch theatre in early 2014


Cutty Sark dry berth MB © Cutty Sark TrustCutty Sark, the world’s sole remaining tea clipper and a major London landmark, is set to launch a brand new performance space on Wednesday 29th January 2014.

The lower hold, where precious cargoes of tea and wool were stacked over a century ago on Cutty Sark’s famous voyages, now features a remarkable studio theatre.

During the daytime, the hold contains displays of tea chests and other artefacts relating to the ship’s extraordinary history. In the evening, the central section is transformed into an eclectic 85-seat studio theatre, which is totally unique will provides a platform for cabaret, comedy, music, special lectures and small scale-drama. The brand new Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will welcome renowned performers and personalities, while nurturing the talent of the local area.

“Our aspiration is that the development of Cutty Sark as a flexible theatre space will enable us to reach out to new audiences who can discover the ship in a whole new way,” said Richard Doughty, Director of Cutty Sark. “This opening fortnight sets the agenda for Cutty Sark to become a unique new venue in the heart of Greenwich and London.”

The opening of the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will be marked by a fortnight of special performances, including appearances from comedians Alan Davies, Richard Herring and Ross Noble; musical performances (genres ranging from classical to folk) and an evening with stuntman/magician Matthew Stirling.

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