NEWS: New Riverside Outdoor Theatre in Deptford Announced

Shipwright is a new theatre based in the grounds of the grounds of the master shipwright’s house on the bank of the Thames in Deptford.

This new theatre venue is set to welcome audiences this Summer for a festival of theatre, music and cabaret from the 22nd July until the 7th August.

The Master Shipwright’s House and Office is one of the few remaining parts of Deptford’s former Royal Dockyard. Founded by Henry VIII in 1513 the King’s Yard became one of the most important shipbuilding yards in the world. Current owners Willi Richards and Chris Majeika have made it a home and creative space for artists, performers, and audiences from around the globe.

While audiences will be able to enjoy a range of events in this unique setting of just 200 seats, lunch and dinner will also be available from Deptford’s local restauranteurs, Klose & Soan along with a bar stocked with locally sourced craft beers. The venue will be functioning at 50% capacity with socially- distanced audiences and appropriate Covid-measures in place.

Artistic Director Joseph Winters, and Executive Director, Emma Halstead have announced a programme of cabaret, drag, classical music, jazz, contemporary music, theatre, dance and visual art taking place across three weekends. Each evening will be a mixture of Shipwright co-productions and company takeovers. All tickets for the shows are on sale now.

Introducing the festival, Joseph Winters said: “Here’s the big idea: audiences and performers alike come to the theatre, to gigs, to cabaret, in order to feel at home. It is with enormous excitement that we announce Shipwright’s first summer festival: three weekends of entertainment in the heart of Deptford. We welcome theatrical world premieres, riotous nights of cabaret and some of the most acclaimed live musicians to delight audiences with a truly diverse programme of great nights out, with arts, food and drink all in one unique venue. Our outdoor space
is like nowhere else: from their seats audiences can see and hear the Thames lapping against the auditorium’s edge.”

For more information and the full programme of events visit:

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