Following the hugely successful 2015 season, the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre will once again welcome renowned performers and personalities to this unique and intimate space.

Cutty Sark, the world’s sole remaining tea clipper and major London landmark, launches its new season of performances for spring 2016, including shows from Omid Djalili, Nish Kumar and Josie Long.

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 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 92-seat studio theatre, which provides the perfect platform for comedy, music and small-scale drama. 

The spring season of the Cutty Sark Studio Theatre will be marked by a series of special performances:

Omid Djalili: Live 2016

Omid Djalili is a prolific and acclaimed actor, starring in blockbusters such as Gladiator, The Mummy and, most recently, BBC One’s Dickensian, but this extremely successful acting career takes nothing away from his talent as an award-winning stand-up comedian.

Preparing for his 2016 UK tour in March, Djalili first will perform this full show on board the magnificent Cutty Sark to an intimate audience. He will be supported by comedian, Boothby Graffoe. Suitable for age: 16+. 

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Nish Kumar: Work in progress

Critically acclaimed comic, internationally famed meme and wonderfully nice gentleman, Nish Kumar will perform a work in progress on board the famous ship.

He has achieved huge success on the stand-up circuit with four rave reviewed solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and is a regular across television and radio. Suitable for age: 14+.

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James Acaster: Reset

Come see one of the most brilliant and distinctive young comedians of a generation flex his comedic muscles on board Cutty Sark in this work in progress.

James Acaster was nominated for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festivals and won the 2015 Chortle Award for Best Show. A TV regular, he has appeared on BBC Two’s Live at the Apollo and Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats. Suitable for age: 14+.

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Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel

Performed in period costume with live musical accompaniment, Austentatious is an entirely improvised comedy play in the style of the wondrous and witty Jane Austen.

Based on nothing more than a title from the audience, a seasoned cast presents an eloquent, irreverent, 100% improvised take on the works of Britain’s best-loved novelist. Suitable for age: 11+.

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James Veitch: Dot Con

Suspicious emails; they pop-up in our inbox and standard procedure is to delete them on sight. But what happens when you reply to the un-claimed insurance bonds/close friends marooned in a foreign country?

In a blend of traditional stand-up, interactive projections and music, join comedian James Veitch on a journey through the con schemes that plague the everyday. Suitable for age: 16+.

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Josie Long: Work in progress

Hailed as ‘an original and unflagging spirit’ by The Times, triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee, presenter of Radio 4’s Short Cuts and cult optimist, Josie Long presents her latest material as she sows the seed of her next stand-up show. Suitable for age: 14+.

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Trinity Laban Presents: Isbilia String Quartet and the Strings of the Siegfried Camerata

If you love classical music then you won’t want to miss this engaging performance in one of the most unique theatre spaces in London.

The Isbilia String Quartet will perform Beethoven, String Quartet No.6, Op.18, No.6 and Dvořák, No.12, Op.96, followed by the Strings of the Siegfried Camerata playing Mendelssohn, String Octet Op.20.

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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.

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