OperaUpClose: Opera Cocktail

OperaUpClose are leading an artistic revolution - SUNDAY TIMES

Olivier Award winning OperaUpClose present some of opera’s best loved arias, duets and ensembles in a fun, modern setting. Performed in witty new English translations and beautifully acted in the company’s engaging, intimate style, this evening includes Musetta’s aria from La Bohème, Carmen’s sexy Habanera, and the drinking song from La Traviata.

Kings of the South Seas: Franklin

Join us for an evening of brand new, exciting music that pays homage to traditional song and hymns, performed inside the hull of the world's last surviving tea clipper.

Evening Programme

19.00 - 19.30 Cutty Sark Cafe and Bar is open

19.30-20.00 A talk about sailing at the time of Franklin's Fateful Expedition

20.0-20.45 Kings of the South Seas (First half)

20.45-21.15 Interval

21.15-22.00 Kings of the South Seas (Second half)

About Kings of the South Seas

“I am loving this!” – Mark Radcliffe BBC Radio2 Folk Show

Tom Allen and Friends | Live comedy on Cutty Sark

'Catch him now and you'll be able to tell people how you saw him before he was famous' (The Telegraph)

Join Tom Allen, the sharply dressed, well-spoken, disparagingly camp son of working class Bromley, as he works up new material following his sold out Edinburgh and London runs. He will be joined by different comedy pals every month.

Watch this space for news of guest appearances!

Burns Night ceilidh on board Cutty Sark

Burns Night Programme

19.00-20.00: Cutty Sark is open for viewing

20.00-21.00: Ceilidh with The Ship Band (first half)

 21.00-22.00: Interval, with a reading of "Tam O'Shanter" from Cutty Sark's very own Nannie the Witch

22.00-23.00: Ceilidh with The Ship Band (second half)

Food and drink

Cutty Sark Cafe will be open until 11pm. The cafe offer for the evening will include haggis sausage rolls, stovies, and neeps and tatties.

The tangled net of trawler fishing

When you don’t live by the sea, it’s easy to think that the issues faced by fishermen don’t affect you.

To see the bigger picture, we caught up with Smoking Apples Theatre, whose new show 'In Our Hands' explores life from the perspective of a Cornish trawlerman as he struggles with crippling legislation, quota distribution and big corporations which leave him with rising debts. Their award-winning performance, coming soon to the Cutty Sark Theatre, shows us how the fisherman's story affects us all. 

Dan Antopolski and Mae Martin

Dan Antopolski: Return of the Dan Antopolski (Work in Progress)

The prodigal triple Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee returns with a new hour of stand-up of change, pain and gain. Oh, and ‘dozens and dozens of well-honed jokes’ (Guardian). 


Mae Martin: Dope (Work in Progress)

The star of BBC Radio 4’s Mae Martin’s Guide to 21st Century Sexuality, and as seen on BBC3’s Live at the BBC and Russell Howard’s Good News, examines a life-time of obsessions, fandom and addiction.

★★★★ ‘Effortlessly amusing, highly watchable charm’ (Times)

Samantha Baines and Alice Marshall

Samantha Baines: One Woman, a High-Flyer and a Flat Bottom

Award-winning comedian Samantha Baines (The Crown, Sunny D, BBC Radio 4) is back after a smash-hit sell out debut show to explore the lost women of science. Expect facts, puns and an ear trumpet attached to a whiskey bottle. It’s science meets funny.

‘One of the ones to watch’ (The Evening Standard)

‘One of the punniest comedians in the land’ (The Metro)


Catriona Knox and Russell Layton

Catriona Knox: Adorable Deplorable (Work in Progress)

Some men have brought us to the brink of apocalypse. Now meet their wives. For too long they’ve been kept in the shadows. For too long they’ve been just a piece of lean meat on the arm of a sociopath. Well not any more, Edinburgh. For one hour only, open your earholes and hear them speak!

★★★★★ ‘Every hour should be this much fun’ (ThreeWeeks)

★★★★ ‘A formidable comic powerhouse’ (Chortle)

‘The next Joyce Grenfell’ (Spectator)



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