The Albany is a community based theatre in Deptford, SE8. It offers a very diverse programme of arts productions, putting on some 400 performances per year. It’s a modern building in the heart of Deptford easy reached by public transport but with relatively easy parking in nearby streets. The programme reflects the diverse nature of the community it serves and there is usually a lot on specifically geared towards families and children. The web site is user-friendly and you can sign up to e-mail alerts.
MUMMY’S GIN FUND SAYS:
We visited the Albany last year to see a puppet performance of Michael Rosen’s ‘Bear Hunt’. It was very much aimed at a younger audience and our group of two, three and five year olds were suitably impressed. The performance itself was great, really engaging but most of the child friendly stuff they put on is! It was in the main auditorium and had rows of seats laid out for the adults and children that wanted them and a nice space at the front where most of the children ended up sitting. It was nice and informal in that the kids could move where they wanted to. I also had a new-born with me and it was pretty easy work sitting there with him. The theatre staff were very friendly and although buggies were not allowed into the performance, they let me take the car seat in. Nearly everyone there seemed to arrive with a buggy and the outside area was a little cluttered with them but nothing too awful. The café served healthy meals and snacks and wasn’t horrifically expensive. It’s the ideal venue to introduce younger children to theatre going- it’s also in a great bit of London for food or general wandering about afterwards.
Address: Douglas Way, Deptford, London, SE8 4AG.
Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes, level access into the theatre and cafe. Accessible toilets available. There is a buggy park available with plenty of space.
Parking: On nearby roads in adjacent estate.
DLR: Deptford Bridge.
Tube: North Greenwich, then bus.
Bus: Many buses stop nearby. Full details are here: www.thealbany.org.uk/visit/12/Your-Visit.
Phone: 020 8692 4446.
Review by Alison Cresswell.