Highlights this month include a superb line up of shows for the autumn season at the Cutty Sark Studio Theatre, and a family fun weekend where you can create your own tea chest.

Cutty Sark hosts special events and activities throughout the year. Admission charges apply (family activities are free with entry). Please visit our website for more information.

Cutty Sark Studio Theatre Autumn Season

October–November 2015

All performances start at 19.45, venue opens at 18.45

Age: Adults

Eric Ravilious: A Life in Pictures, illustrated lecture by James Russell

Following Ravilious, one of the most talked-about exhibitions of the year at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, curator James Russell explores the life and work of the playful, enigmatic artist Eric Ravilious, in this illustrated lecture on board Cutty Sark.

You can’t buy Pyramid teabags in Egypt: Jeremy O’Donnell

Having drunk tea and performed comedy all over the UK and abroad in cities from Beijing to Zurich, Jeremy O’Donnell now reveals tea’s dark past.

From its accidental discovery five thousand years ago, to an arranged Royal wedding, the Boston Tea Party and Cutty Sark’s very own history, O’Donnell takes a journey through the ages with the nation’s favourite drink.

Phill Jupitus

Phill Jupitus, star of BBC2’s Never Mind the Buzzcocks, West End productions Hairspray and The Producers and Radio 4’s award winning News Quiz, hosts a night of stand-up comedy and poetry.

In persons: Alistair McGowan

Expect around 60 voices from the worlds of sport, comedy, politics, TV and radio in this 80-minute show with Britain’s best loved impressionist – there’s someone for everyone! Warning: may contain puns.

Nelson – The Sailor’s Story

Written and performed by Nicholas Collett

Two hundred years ago, amidst Trafalgar’s shot, smoke and din, the crew of HMSVictory endeavoured to destroy the combined fleet of France and Spain. Flash forward to modern day Britain and Admiral Nelson stood patiently on his column in Trafalgar Square, watching the world go by.

In this original play directed by Gavin Robertson, with a soundtrack by Danny Bright, Nelson muses on the world today from on high, taking the audience back in time with a gunner, a powder monkey and a surgeon who experienced the excitement and horror of the Battle of Trafalgar.

Crime, how to solve it and why almost everything we’re told is wrong, with Nick Ross

Can it really be that almost everything we’re told about crime is wrong? Nick Ross, broadcaster and visiting professor at UCL, explains how to solve crime and how to learn from medicine, where for millennia almost everything doctors said was wrong. This talk will be followed by a Q&A.

Julie Felix in the Spotlight

Having recently celebrated 50 years in the world of music, Felix is best described in the words of singer/songwriter, Steve Harley: ‘There are those among us who just have to play and sing; to whom their work is not a job but a calling. Julie Felix is one such musician.’ Her famous song If I Could (El Condor Pasa) still resonates today.

Family Fun Weekend

Tea Treasure Chests

Tea was once a treasured possession, kept under lock and key. Design and make your own tea chest and have a go at making a tea bag to store safely inside.

Half-Term Activities

Every Cargo Tells a Story: The Big Draw

Be inspired by different cargo carried aboard Cutty Sark to help us create a collaborative artwork.

Damru Drums

Make and decorate a traditional drum inspired by the ship’s voyages to India and the cargoes she collected there.

Ghost ships and spooky shadows

Create a spooky shadow puppet show with ghost-ships, sea monsters and your own Halloween puppet to take home and play with.

Toddler Time

Cutty Sark is dedicating term-time Wednesday afternoons to our youngest visitors. Bring your little sailors along for songs, stories and playtime on board.

Cutty Sark Characters

Come aboard to hear Cutty Sark’s incredible stories brought to life by characters from the ship’s past. Meet Captain Woodget, the ship’s most daring master; Jock Willis, the man who built Cutty Sark; Nannie, the ship’s figurehead; or the ship’s cook, James Robson, who all have an extraordinary story to tell.  

General Information

Cutty Sark reopened to the public in April 2012, marking a new chapter in the extraordinary life of the last surviving tea clipper and one of the world’s most famous ships. Visitors to Cutty Sark can venture aboard and beneath the beautiful three-masted clipper: walk along the decks in the footsteps of the merchant seamen who sailed her over a century ago; explore the hold where precious cargo was stored on epic voyages; and even walk underneath the 963-tonne ship in the dry berth below to view the elegant lines of her hull.

Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory Greenwich and Queen’s House operate under the banner of Royal Museums Greenwich.

Cutty Sark is open 10.00–17.00, Monday–Sunday (subject to change. Please see website for details).

Admission to Cutty Sark is £13.50 for adults (£11.50 concessions) and £7.00 for children aged 5–15. Family tickets are priced at £24 (1 adult and 2 children) or £35 (2 adults and up to 2 children).

Bundled tickets are available with other Royal Museums Greenwich attractions. Royal Museums Greenwich Members receive free entry to Cutty Sark among their Membership benefits. Admission to Cutty Sark is by ticket, available online, by telephone or in person on the day. Due to high demand tickets may be unavailable on the day to those who have not purchased their ticket in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the bookings line on 020 8312 6608.

Cutty Sark is located a short walk from the Cutty Sark DLR, and Maze Hill and Greenwich train stations. The closest tube stations are North Greenwich (to change to local buses) and Canary Wharf (to change to DLR), both on the Jubilee line.

For details on National Maritime Museum, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory Greenwich opening hours and admission visit the website.

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