The Night That Launched a Thousand Ships: Science, Story and Seafaring Adventure

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Date and time: 
Sunday 27 October 2019 | 7.30pm start
£30 - £46
Cutty Sark
Cutty Sark Theatre

Helen of Troy’s face may have launched a thousand ships, but our night of amazing Helens will launch just one very special ship – Cutty Sark – into a special evening of boundless curiosity and entertainment.

From seafaring and music to science and storytelling, each guest speaker on the night is ready to share their unique knowledge and expertise. 


The one thing that unites them? They're (almost) all called Helen!


That's right, Cutty Sark's night of nerdy wonderment is brought to you by a number of notable people who share their name with the legendary Spartan princess Helen of Troy.

As it is Cutty Sark’s 150th birthday, proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the Cutty Sark’s restoration fund and efforts to preserve the ship's own face: the figurehead, Nannie the Witch. Bonus points if you come dressed with a nautical twist.

Expect to be dazzled a number of notable Helens who have appeared on stage, TV, radio and in print (plus two token non-Helens for balance) with:

  • DR HELEN CZERSKI - physicist, oceanographer and BBC presenter 

  • HELEN MCDONALD - Singer, songwriter and storyteller

  • DR HELEN PILCHER - Science writer and author of de-extinction guide ‘Bring Back The King’

  • DR HELEN SCALES - Marine biologist and author of ‘Spirals In Time’

  • DR HELEN FARR - Maritime Archaeologist, diver and sailor at the University of Southampton

  • NATALIE HAYNES - Comedian and author of ‘A Thousand Ships’

  • HANNAH STOCKTON - Cutty Sark’s own curator and history buff

  • HELEN ARNEY – Comedian, geek songstress, host and curator of the evening

VIP ticket holders get seating on the front two rows (unreserved), the chance to explore the ship after hours with an audio tour (from 6pm), an exclusive virtual reality 'dive' of a Greek shipwreck and a welcome drink.

PLEASE NOTE: People named Helen get £1 off when booking by phone.