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The foyer of Woolwich Works, with exposed brick walls, dark wooden flooring, large arched windows and doors, and a white metal staircase curving up to the left

We're so excited to announce that Woolwich Works will be opening its doors to the public on Thursday 23 September 2021!

It’s been a longer wait than expected due to the disruptions of the pandemic, but we’re now getting ready to welcome you into our venue.

Watch this space for more information about performances and activities that you can take part in. You don’t have to buy a ticket to come to our spaces, the venue is open to everyone. There are generous public spaces where you’re welcome to sit and ponder, and our café bar will be open for a coffee and cake all day or for a cocktail in the evening.

Speaking about the launch in the wake of the pandemic, our Chief Executive James Heaton said:

"The past year has been painful. Hardship, loss and suffering are not the things that should be uniting people. That is the job of music, theatre, dance, circus, cabaret and comedy – and now, finally, shows are coming back. I’m excited that our stunning new venue will play a part in supporting artists to get back on stage, and bringing audiences back together to once again share the unique experience of live performance.”

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Joining us in their new home at Woolwich Works will be our resident artistic companies, welcoming immersive theatre company Punchdrunk, Europe's first majority black and minority ethnic orchestra Chineke! Orchestra, as well as Greenwich-based dance company Luca Silvestrini’s Protein, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and the local printworking showcase Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.

Commenting on the announcement, Valerie Vaughan-Dick, our Chair said:

“We are so pleased to be at the stage that we can announce the opening of Woolwich Works. The team have been working hard and remained dynamic with plans throughout the unprecedented pandemic. As much as the delay is disappointing, we are going to be opening with the best start and are looking forward to honouring all of our objectives, especially targeting all aspects of diversity. We know employment numbers have been affected in the sector and we are in a great position to start tackling that challenge. Initiatives such as our ‘Step Up‘ programme and the relationships we are building with local colleges, training institutions and Universities will support this step change.”

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We can’t wait to throw open our doors and welcome you.

Exposed metal beams and pillars of the Fireworks Factory, with lights hanging down at regular intervals. Long strips of windows are set at angles in the ceiling letting in lots of natural light.
Credit: Hatti Simpson 2021

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