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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Cutty Sark to become theatre

22nd January 2014

Among London's many fascinating historic monuments and other tourist attractions is the Cutty Sark, a 19th-century ship that is stationed on the Thames at Greenwich.

While the vessel is always worth a visit, anyone who hadn't considered taking the trip to Greenwich to look around the boat and its museum may be interested to hear that the famous ship is to be converted into London's newest theatre, and will be hosting some of the country's most exciting shows.

For two weeks from January 29th, the lower hold of the Cutty Sark will become the Michael Edwards Studio Theatre, and some of the nation's top comedians will be taking to the stage during this period.

With a capacity to hold 85 audience members, the studio will play host to the likes of Alan Davies and Ross Noble - both of whom regularly feature on the popular quiz show QI - as well as a number of other terrific acts.

The deck that is to be converted into a theatre was once used to hold tea and wool during the ship's voyaging days, and visitors will have the chance to explore all areas of the Cutty Sark, learning all about its fascinating history.

If this piques your interest in the subject then you may want to indulge your fascination further by taking a trip to the nearby National Maritime Museum.

Speaking about the launch of the temporary theatre, the Cutty Sark's director Richard Doughty said: "Our aspiration is that the development of Cutty Sark as a flexible theatre space will enable us to reach out to new audiences who can discover the ship in a whole new way."

The best way to reach the Cutty Sark is to take the Docklands Light Railway to Greenwich, or to walk through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel - which runs beneath the Thames - from Island Gardens.

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