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    Weʼve raised £980 to Bring a new Open air theatre to Abbey Wood & Thamesmead, set in the ruins of Lesnes Abbey.

    Lesnes Abbey
    Funded on Thursday, 12th August 2021

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    Open Air Theatre in Lesnes Abbey!

    In the summer of 2021 the Ruined Theatre Company will be bringing Our Teacher's a Troll, a play by Dennis Kelly (writer of the smash hit Matilda the Musical!) to the ruins of Lesnes Abbey.

    Abbey Wood and Thamesmead have historically suffered from minimal investment and lack of exposure to art & culture. Local resident and professional actress Nancy Sullivan has envisioned a theatre to celebrate the area's natural beauty and bring communities together for the last 10 years and now with theatre also needing help more than ever she believes the two causes can be combined.

    Abbey Wood & Thamesmead communities deserve this theatre and celebration. The area has so much natural beauty but suffers from a bad reputation and lack of support, I believe the theatre will bring a real excitement to the area far and wide and as a result help create a new positive narrative for Abbey Wood & Thamesmead.

    Not only will the Ruined Theatre provide accessible theatre, jobs and help promote businesses in the local area, it will also provide community outreach work engaging with new audiences and schools so that this theatre truly serves it community first.


    - Bring Abbey Wood & Thamesmead it's first professional theatre!

    -Build our giant troll puppet to take our young audiences breathe away!

    - Provide 5 weeks mentorship programmes to young local individuals, helping them gain access and knowledge into the arts

    - Provide subsidised discounted tickets to local residents within a 1.5 mile radius of the site

    - To give 300 free tickets to residents who otherwise would not be able to attend the show in association with Peabody.

    -Employ professional creatives after a year out of work due to Covid.

    -Allow us to work with local schools to ensure community engagement.

    As a C.I.C we are non profit, this means everything goes back into the theatre for the community, we hope this first year is an exciting promise for the years ahead to follow for which we have big plans and hope to grow in ambition each year for our audiences and for the area.




    • The Ruined Theatre3 years ago
      The Ruined Theatre

      The Ruined Theatre

      3 years ago

      A little update from us! We have now had our flags back from our schools who took part in our welcome flag initiative. This is just one great one below from a local primary school, but we have 13 flags to fly every show! Our show is now cast, our free mentorship programme for local creatives is now in full swing and we are currently in rehearsals. We'd love your help to maintain this great work we are doing... More updates to come!

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    • Daniel


      Jul 14, 2021

      I live in the area and love Lesnes Words. What an amazing project, well done to you all.


    • Jack Silver

      Jack Silver

      Jun 17, 2021



    • Nic Myers

      Nic Myers

      Jun 14, 2021

      Wishing you all the best Nancy and all involved in getting The Ruined Theatre off to a flying start . Supporting unique spaces for local community to access and enjoy theatre and be creative. X


    • Janice


      Jun 10, 2021

      I look forward to seeing the production


    • Tina Kelly

      Tina Kelly

      Jun 6, 2021

      Wonderful idea, I hope there is a Halloween show too. Perfect setting

    • Joseph Claus

      Joseph Claus

      Jun 4, 2021

      Huge love and luck to you and the team xxx


    • Anonymous


      Jun 3, 2021

      Amazing! Xxx


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    We are the new Ruined Theatre C.I.C (community inclusive company). Our aim this year is to bring celebration to Abbey Wood and Thamesmead through professional theatre in the heart of the community!

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