What you need to know about The Albany:
The Albany in Deptford is an arts venue used for theatre, music, spoken word poetry and more. Its current venue opened in 1982 and includes a central performance space that can contain 300 seated or 500 standing visitors. There are also rehearsal spaces, meeting rooms, offices, a café and a garden area. Along with programming performances from both its resident companies and shows on tour, The Albany hosts a huge number of community events including workshops and clubs.
Along with the Douglas Way venue, The Albany also runs the Cultural Space in the library at Canada Water and The Deptford Lounge. Loosely speaking, they use the Canada Water space for music, poetry, theatre, comedy and dance events, while The Deptford Lounge focuses on community activities. Details of future events at all three spaces can be found on The Albany’s website.
The Albany started life as The Albany Institute in 1899. The Duchess of Albany, daughter-in-law of Queen Victoria, opened the theatre. The idea behind the project was to help local people living in extreme poverty, in particular the women who had little option but to take on dangerous work in the local slaughterhouses. The organisation stayed in the original building until it was destroyed by fire in 1978. Its modern incarnation combines this focus on community with a strong support for the arts. They provide numerous opportunities for young people to develop their talents and get involved with the centre’s thriving community.
Top facts about The Albany:
- The Albany has an impressive 24 resident companies. Theses include Heart n Soul (an organisation working with artists with learning difficulties), Apples & Snakes (a spoken work poetry company), Yellow Earth (a theatre company working with British East Asian creatives) and also Kali Theatre (a theatre company working with South Asian women).
- In the 1970s, The Albany hosted a total of 15 Rock Against Racism gigs. The organisation is now known as Love Music Hate Racism. It has held concerts in Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square.
- Famous performers in The Albany’s history include Dire Straits, Elvis Costello, Squeeze, Vic Reeves, Bob Mortimer and Julian Clary.
Key information about The Albany:
Tube: The closest tube station is Deptford Bridge DLR station, which is just over a five minute walk from the venue.
Train: Deptford Station and New Cross Station are both within easy walking distance of The Albany.
Bus: Bus numbers 47, 53, 177, 188, 199, 225 and also 453 all travel close to the venue. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
Parking: Pay and display parking is available on Watson’s Street, Octavius Street, Rochdale Way and Frankham Street. The theatre advises that traffic on Watson’s Street can be heavy on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays due to the market. Limited disabled parking spaces are available at the rear of The Albany building.
The Albany is wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible. The theatre, studios and café are all located on the ground floor
Wheelchair spaces are available in all of the performance spaces.
You will find accessible toilets in the Foyer.
Working dogs are welcome in all areas of the theatre. Please arrange in advance for the dog to come into the auditorium or be looked after by a member of staff.
There is an induction loop at the box office for hearing aid users.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on 020 8692 4446.
Complimentary tickets for one companion coming to the theatre are available from the box office.
The Albany aims to include a number of BSL-interpreted and relaxed performances in its schedule each year. Please contact the box office for details on future shows.
The Albany Café is open throughout the day and serves coffees, cakes and light bites. They make their dishes from locally sourced ingredients and are prepared onsite. Visitors to the café can take advantage of its book swap area or sit outside in the patio garden. Free WiFi is available.
The Albany also has its own theatre bar located on the balcony level. A range of soft and alcoholic drinks are on sale before performances begin and during the intervals. The bar menu includes locally-sourced craft beers and light snacks.