We've been creating performance and art in South East London for almost 50 years!

You might know us as Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre (GLYPT).

You might know us simply as The Tramshed, the iconic building in the heart of Woolwich from which we operate.

You might know us as Greenwich Young People's Theatre (GYPT) from the 1970s - when founder Ewan Hooper was producing.

Our building was South East London's first cabaret club where you could come for a pint and a laugh in the 1970s and 1980s.

However you know us, Tramshed has been an important cultural mainstay in South East London, and we are excited to keep on delivering high quality arts experiences with and for our communities.

The Building 

The Tramshed was built as a generating station in 1916, and powered trams in the local area until they ceased to run in 1953.  For the next 20 years, the building was used as factory units, housing a wide variety of small businesses, under the ownership of the local council.

The ‘Tramshed Theatre’ opened in the autumn of 1973, originally intended as a ‘youth’ offshoot of the Greenwich Theatre, but was relaunched the following summer with a bar and a wider variety of activities.  A company specifically to run the building, ‘The Woolwich Theatre Ltd’ was established although the building was (and still is) owned by Greenwich Council. In 1985, the operation was taken over by the Arts and Entertainments division of Greenwich Council.

‘My mum used to go to [The] Tramshed when she was young with all of her friends to see shows, and now I go to [The] Tramshed with all of my friends to see shows.
It’s great to share that history with my mum.’  
Audience member

Comedy, Cabaret, Music venue

In the days before the Council took over, The Tramshed was best known as the home of ‘FUNDATION’ and predates the Comedy Store as London’s first regular, modern comedy-club. FUNDATION attracting sell-out audiences every week, amongst their members Gareth Hale and Norman Pace.  Other notable performers include Max Wall, Billy Brag and Warren Mitchell.

In early 1987, The South of Deptford Comedy Club was founded, with early bills included The Joan Collins Fan Club’ (Julian Clary), Harry Enfield and Craig Ferguson. The Tramshed also has a rich music history, with special recordings and performances by John Martin, Tom Robinson and Albert Lee, to name but few. 

Greenwich & Lewisham Young People’s Theatre took over tenancy in July 2009.