Enhancing Deptford’s profile as a cultural centre is a new performance space at Paynes & Borthwick
wharf, a waterfront warehouse complex with 247 new homes. Built in 1860 for the manufacture of marine boilers that were loaded on to ships through magnificent Italianate arches, the listed wharf is hosting its first production, Venice Preserved. And as in Elizabethan times, when Londoners including playwright Christopher Marlowe would board Thames barges bound for the taverns of Deptford, theatregoers are being offered atmospheric riverboat travel to the venue, transformed for the production into the Doge’s Palace, and will be greeted on arrival by members of the cast.
It is an “interactive” production, with audience members invited to wear traditional Venetian carnival masks and costumes to be immersed in the world of the 17th-century play, running from April 24 to June 8.
No doubt developer United House, which has contributed £100,000 to the theatre project, is hoping people will also view the remaining flats on offer. These include two-bedroom apartments starting at £375,000 and large, good-value live-work units priced from £500,000 to £1 million.From £375,000: two-bedroom flats at Paynes & Borthwick wharf. Call 020 7087 5000
The old wharf occupies a dramatic position on a bend of the Thames and had been inaccessible to the public for decades. A riverside promenade has been created and coming soon are a gallery, café and restaurant. Call 020 7087 5000.