Cutty Sark, the world’s sole remaining tea clipper and major London landmark, launches its new season of performances for autumn 2015, including shows from Alistair McGowan, Phil Jupitus and Deborah Moggach.

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 cabaret, comedy, music, special lectures and small scale-drama.

Following the hugely successful Pre-Edinburgh Comedy Festival this summer, the theatre will once again welcome renowned performers and personalities, whilst also reflecting the remarkable local history of Greenwich for its new season of events.

The Cutty Sark Studio Theatre had a sell-out season for summer and attracted top comedians to its intimate space, says Margie Barbour, Cutty Sark Studio Theatre programmer. This autumn we have a wonderfully eclectic programme of theatre, music, comedy and fascinating talks that will be very popular.

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

Eric Ravilious: A Life in Pictures

Illustrated lecture by James Russell

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

Date: Friday 16 October 2015 | Admission: £17.50

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.

Date: Saturday 17 October 2015 | Admission: £15.00

Stand-up comedy: 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.

Date: Sunday 18 October 2015 | Admission:£20.00

In persons: Alistair McGowan

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

Date: Friday 23 October 2015 | Admission: £20.00

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 HMS Victory endeavoured to destroy the combined fleet of France and Spain. Flash-forward to the modern day and Admiral Nelson is 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.

Date: Saturday 24 October 2015 | Admission: £17.50

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

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.

Date: Sunday 25 October 2015 | Admission: £15.00

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.’ Join her in the studio theatre as she performs her famous ‘If I could’ (‘El Condor Pasa’), which still resonates today, and many more.

Date: Friday 30 October 2015 | Admission: £20.00

Live and Alive: Anna Noakes and Gabriella Dall’Olio

Join flutist, Anna Noakes, and harpist, Gabriella Dall’Olio, on a vibrant journey of sounds across continents and centuries. Playing much-loved favourites, from Debussy to Fauré to CPE Bach, the pair will also share works written especially for their performance on Cutty Sark.

Date: Sunday 1 November 2015 | Admission: £15.00

Rogues on the Road: Blofeld and Baxter

Bastions of the beloved Test Match Special, Henry Blofeld and Peter Baxter are back with a brand new show, crammed full of wonderful and occasionally outrageous reminiscences and anecdotes from their extensive careers spent broadcasting cricket around the globe.

Date: Wednesday 4 November 2015 | Admission: £18.50

Musical performance: Hank Wangford

Expect great music, laughter and tears as English Country and Western songwriter, Hank Wangford, joined by regular members of his band, talented singer Anna Robinson and superb guitarist Brad Breath (aka Andy Roberts), guide you lovingly through the dark, grubby and soulful underbelly of Country music.

Date: Saturday 14 November 2015 | Admission: £20.00

Talk and Q&A: Deborah Moggach

Join author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Deborah Moggach, as she discusses her work including Tulip Fever (recently adapted to a film to be released this autumn), and her latest offering, Something to Hide, a warm, witty and wise story about the unexpected twists that later life can bring. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Date: Sunday 15 November 2015 | Admission: £15.00

Telephone bookings: 020 8312 6608

Tickets admit entrance to the dock and lower hold only

The Even Keel Bar situated beneath the ship will be open pre-show from 6.45pm and during the interval, and will serve drinks and light snacks and refreshments.

All performances start at 7.45pm.

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 £12.15 for adults (£10.35 concessions) and £6.30 for children aged 5-15. Family tickets are priced at £21.60 (1 adult and 2 children) or £31.50 (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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Emma Gough, Assistant Press Officer, Royal Museums Greenwich Press Office | Tel: 020 8312 6789 | Email: press@rmg.co.uk